Mauritius is a multicultural nation, which welcomed its first wave of Chinese immigrants at the end of the 19th century. Most of them came from the south-eastern part of China, most precisely the province of Guangdong (Canton), bringing along a fine and rich culinary heritage, which has inspired today’s Chinese Mauritian cuisine. Next is our top five list of Chinese Mauritian dishes.
1. Fried noodles
Fried noodles, or mine frit in Mauritian Creole, are the most popular Chinese dish in Mauritius. Basically, the noodles are served with chopped chicken breast – though pork, beef, prawn and Chinese sausages can also be added to the dish – and carrots, cabbage, bok choy, soybean sprouts, omelette slices… topped with a sprinkle of chives! All ingredients are combined in a wok and stir-fried in soy sauce and red wine. A great classic.
2. Bol Renverse (Upside-down bowl)
Bol Renverse is a plate that tickles curiosity, since one cannot see what is hiding beneath the bowl until the waiter removes it. The main ingredients are oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken breast, Chinese sausages, carrot, bok choy, mushroom, egg and rice. Under the bowl lies a nicely set dish: an egg fried on both sides sits on top of a meat and vegetable stew on a bed of white rice. Enjoy your meal!
3. Sweet-sour fish
Chinese Mauritian cuisine is full of surprise and invites you to try unusual flavours. An example is the sweet-sour fish, which, like the name suggests, is a bold combination of sweet and sour flavours on the same plate. As the main ingredient of this dish, the fish is glazed in a wok with pineapple slices, capsicum and tomato; then the mixture is left to simmer in vinegar, sugar and red chilli sauce. You will surely like it!
4. Poulet trois merveilles (Three Wonders Chicken)
Whoever reads the name of this dish on a menu will think about the world’s Seven Wonders and starts fantasizing. The magical ingredients of this recipe are dry Chinese mushrooms, chicken breast, bamboo shoots, bok choy, onions, tapioca, soy sauce, sugar and green capsicum. They are stir-fried separately in a wok: first, the chicken; then, the onions and the capsicum; last, the mushrooms, bok choy and bamboo shoots. All is cooked for a short time in a sauce made of water, tapioca, soy sauce, sugar and salt.
5. Prawn Egg Foo Yung
Here is a name that makes you travel to Indonesia, where the word Foo Yung means “egg lotus”. This dish is made of eggs, soybean sprouts, bamboo shoots, bok choy, spring onions, water chestnuts and the star ingredient: prawns! The eggs are beaten with salt, sugar and soy sauce, while the vegetables and prawns are stir-fried in a wok. The beaten eggs are then added to the wok mixture and stirred into it until it thickens. Easy and fantastic!
Mauritius teems with good restaurants, where you can try such exquisite Chinese Mauritian specialities. Happy discovery!