1. Jerk Chicken/Pork (Jamaica)
Restaurants can throw some allspice, Scotch bonnet and thyme on some chicken, bake it in an oven with a whole bunch of other things, and call it jerk chicken. They can do that, and you’re welcome to like it. But you haven’t really had jerk until it’s been cooked for you on an outdoor grill, over a bed of pimento leaves and pimento wood sticks. Jerk chicken/pork/anything are the ultimate street foods, precisely because they taste so much better on the street than in any fancy restaurant. The fact that it’s grilled, not fried, makes it a winner, comparatively speaking, on the health side of things, as well. Of course, we can’t forget to give a big “honorebel” mention to festival, the fried sweet dumpling that is the best friend a jerk chicken ever could have.