akien is a particularly distinctive dish in Mauritius, mainly made by people of HChinese origin. From what I have been able to gather, it is a dish of Hakka Chinese origin, an unusual variety of what is commonly known as spring rolls, made even more interesting by the fact that the traditional version does not use wrappers at all. Instead, the filling is shaped into a log, then dipped in batter before being fried for the first time, then again coated in a thinner batter before being fried again. This double coating and frying results in a final product with an exceptional crunch on the outside with a juicy, crunchy and very flavourful filling on the inside.
A well made Mauritian Chicken Curry is a dish that is hard to beat. The aroma and flavours are just unmatched, my mouth starts to water when I think of it. Of course it is best served with parathas, an Indian style flatbread known as faratas in Mauritius. During the current pandemic, as I spend more time at home, I find myself thinking more about the foods of my youth.