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SURINAMESE Indian Food Will BLOW YOUR MIND! | Paramaribo, Suriname

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SURINAMESE Indian Food Will BLOW YOUR MIND! | Paramaribo, Suriname

After an eventful day at Brownsmountain in Suriname, my friend Imro and I headed back to the capital of Paramaribo. Join us as we make the journey from Brownsweg to Paramaribo and enjoy an amazing Surinamese Indian food dinner!

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We started the latest leg of our adventure atop Brownsmountain, the 500-meter-high mountain near the town of Brownsweg. We had quite a bit to do before our drivers could finally take us back to Paramaribo, so it would take several hours. We had to take a crazy, cracked and muddy road to leave the area. There were so many mud holes treacherous areas and we still had at least 2 or 3 hours left in our journey.

We almost got stuck so many times, but after an hour and four minutes, we reached the paved road. We changed our plans and decided to head straight to Paramaribo instead of the additional stops we’d initially planned. We stopped at a store, where I was able to buy some local insect repellent since I was out of OFF! Deep Woods.

We had a 90-minute drive ahead of us. I was starting to see restaurants with 10 minutes left and I was getting hungry! I loved my experience in Brownsweg and Isadao Island in the interior of the country, and I was heading to another location deep within Suriname the next day. We stopped at the Downtown Oasis, the guesthouse I stayed at earlier in my trip, but they were full for the night, so I got a room at the Guesthouse Kiwi instead for $20 for the night.

My boy Imro carried my bags up the stairs to my room, which was very standard. From there, we headed out to the roti shop to get some Indian food. We odered a huge spread, including two different rotis, vada, shrimp curry, an egg, tomato chutney, aloo, liver, green beans, duck, sheep, and liver with kidneys.

The roti was gigantic! I tore a piece and dove into the liver and kidneys, which was outstanding. I loved the dry gravy. The aloo was also nice and al dente. There was a spicy chutney next to it , which was super hot. The duck was also amazing, and the shrimp curry blew my mind! It was out of control! The flavors and spices were amazing and I loved the textures. This meal was like a non-veg thali!
Next, I dove into the vada, which is usually like a potato fritter, but this one was made of flour. I tried it with the spicy, red chutney, which was crazy hot. The green beans were also really tasty.

After a sip of water, I went back to the shrimp curry and liver. Everything was so fresh! The duck had more bones than the sheep, which was really good. The sheep was more gamy. I loved the gravy that came with it, and I was loving eating with my hands. You have to try the Indian food when you come to Suriname. It’s part of the heritage.

Then I tried the vada with mango chutney, which was ridiculously good. It was sweet and fruity. I mixed it with the cayenne chutney, which is way too hot. This was my favorite meal in Suriname so far!

Then I went with the chicken curry, which was super fresh and spicy. Then I grabbed some of the duck sauce in the roti, which was freaking insane!

I hope you enjoyed coming with me on my trip from Brownsweg and my Surinamese Indian dinner! If you did, please give it a thumbs up and leave a comment below. Also, please subscribe so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travel/food adventures!

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Mind-Blowing INDIAN THALI in SURINAME at Martin House of Indian Food | Paramaribo, Suriname

After arriving back in Paramaribo, Suriname following my adventures in Palumeu in the country’s interior, I had a hankering for a mind-blowing Indian thali in Suriname! There’s a big Indian population in Suriname, so the food is amazing. I couldn’t wait to dig in! Come along with me as I enjoy some of Paramaribo’s best Indian food!

I linked up with my boy Jan from Jenny Tours, who took me to Martin House of Indian Food for dinner. He says it’s the best Indian food and he actually went to India based on my video recommendations! A lot of people from the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India came to Suriname as indentured servants in the 19th century, and they brought their food with them! I couldn’t wait to eat!

I met the employees inside and had some delicious, hot, and frothy chai with ginger and milk. The restaurant was nice, open-air, and spacious. There were some Buddha statues in the back!

I ordered the non-veg thali with samosas, kachori, chicken tandoor, biryani, fish curry, paneer, roti, and jamun. There were also tamarind chutney and mango chutney. I started with the potato samosa, which also contained cardamom and was sweet! I added some tamarind chutney, which was amazing. Then I tried it with the mango chutney, which gave it a very tropical flavor.

Then I tried the kachori, which was crispy and had raisins on the inside. It looked similar to a Venezuelan arepa but tasted totally different! Then I tried the veg biryani, which has a nice mix of spices and rices. There were carrots, peas, corn, and beans in it.

I went with the fish curry next, which was buttery and crispy on the outside. It had a tomato-based curry and was so tasty! I added some of the curry into the biryani, which was so good! Then, I tried the paneer, which is cottage cheese. It contained peas, which I’d never had before.

The chicken tandoor was delicious and not too spicy. The chicken in Suriname is always so amazing and fresh. It’s so much better than chicken that has been frozen.

Then I grabbed the roti and tried it with the fish curry. The sauce was so good and I loved the contrast with the roti. Then I dove back into the paneer, which you have to eat with the roti! I added the fish curry to the biryani, which was unreal!

For dessert, I had the laddu, which was a delicious, syrupy bread ball. But I was loving the tamarind chutney. I had to tell Martin how outstanding his food was. I asked if he had lassi, and he did, so I went with a mango one!

He also sold other desserts like gulab jamun, burfi, rasgulla, and rasmalai. The mangoes used in the chutney and lassi are grown on a farm nearby. The lassi was like a mango shake! It was sweet, thick, and so refreshing! It was perfect for a hot night like this. You have to come to Martin House of Indian Food when you come to Paramaribo!

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Surinamese FOOD TOUR of the Kwatta Sunday Market - Indian & Indonesian Food | Paramaribo, Suriname

With another morning Paramaribo, Suriname upon me, I headed out to go on an epic food tour! Join me as I try some of the best Surinamese Indian and Indonesian food at Kwatta Sunday Market!

My day began early on Sunday morning at the Royal Torarica Hotel, a beautiful, 4-star hotel with 105 rooms. This place is like a boutique hotel in the middle of downtown!

Sunday in Paramaribo is Market Day, so I couldn’t wait to do as the locals do. I had visited the Chinese and Indonesian markets the previous Sunday and had loved them, so I couldn’t wait to visit Kwatta Sunday Market! It’s also open on Wednesdays.

I met up with my boy Jan from Jenny Tours, who took me to the market. We passed through the downtown area, where there are tons of 200-300-year-old Dutch wooden buildings, which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

We arrived at the market and passed by a vintage clothing market, some produce, and food. The market is super crowded. We saw some brown beans with rice and chicken, which is the national dish of Suriname! I also saw Indonesian food and Indian food, including jalebi!

There were 8 or 9 food vendors and the variety was huge, between the local, Indian, and Indonesian foods. I tried the brown beans with barbecued chicken and rice first. The beans were a little al dente and really nice. The chicken had a nice glaze on top and reminded me of chicken tandoori and had a nice, charcoal flavor and Chinese flavors. It was so good. It also contained some spicy chilies, which I mixed in. It had an African twist!

I had to cool my mouth down with some dawet, a Javanese drink made with rose, coconut milk, and lemongrass. It had some jellies in it and was really refreshing! It was almost like boba tea.

Then I had some ketan serundeng, which is an Indonesian sticky rice dish with coconut on top. It was amazing! The sticky rice was so sweet, it was basically a dessert! I loved it! It felt very tropical and was so freaking good!

Next was a Jewish cornbread with yuca called bojo. It looked super sweet and looked like a more dense version of flan. It was very sweet and contained cinnamon and a type of condensed syrup. It was really decadent and could have used some ice cream on top!

Then we tried some fried balls with chili, some Indian jalebi, and a flour vada with pepper chutney. The balls were bright red and made from yellow peas. They were super hot! The jalebi is fried dough in a sweet syrup. It’s ridiculously sweet and crunchy. It was a sugar overload! Then I tried the vada, which was very fluffy and airy and soft. The peppers added a lot of spice and it had lots of layers of dough in it! It was more like an elephant ear than an Indian vada. The spicy balls were the best!

From there, we went out to explore the market, where they were selling CDs, bananas, mangoes, papayas, chilies, ginger, eggplant, and more! There are probably a hundred vendors, and all ethnicities were represented.

I tried a fruit with a slimy exterior and a big seed in the middle. I bought a jar of mango chutney. Then we entered the fish market. Everything was really fresh! It was sensory overload with the sights and smells. There were also chicken, shrimp, venison, and more. It was amazing watching the fish butchers work! This was a real, authentic market experience!

There was a barber shop in the middle of the market, as well as a smoked catfish area! Past that is a huge produce section, and outside is second-hand clothing mostly from the Netherlands. Then, I tried some spicy ginger beer. It was pure, potent ginger with lemongrass and sugar. What an epic market tour!

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Surinamese INDIAN STREET FOOD - Catfish Roe Chutney & Vada | Traveling to Stone Island, Suriname

After my whirlwind trip up to Galibi and back, I was back in Albina, Suriname to grab some Surinamese Indian food! After that, my guide Imro and I would hit the road, drive back to Paramaribo, and then continue on to the country’s biggest lake, Browns-Mountain! Come along with me on my latest Surinamese adventure!

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We started with lunch at the Freedom Cafe. It was so hot outside and I couldn’t wait to get inside. I got some pork tail, chicken, smoked fish, rice, chilies, peas, and vegetables. It’s mostly a takeout place, so I was the only one eating inside!

The smoked catfish was mixed with several things, including onion. It was like a delicious, minced fish. I mixed some with the rice and peppers. The peppers made it really hot! The veg had a strong flavor. It had the feel of eggplant but the taste was way different!

The pork tail was super fatty and full of bones. With the peas and rice, it tasted like a dish I’d tried in Africa. The peas were phenomenal. The chicken had an almost Chinese-like flavor and had a sweet sauce on it. Then I mixed everything together. The catfish was the best thing!

After my super authentic meal, we hit the road toward Paramaribo. I was excited to more of what this country is all about! After 90 minutes on the road, we stopped for some bananas. Mine was very sweet!

We passed back through Tamarejo, the Javanese town I’d visited the previous day. I wanted to eat again.

Outside of Paramaribo, we stopped at a roti shop where they served Indian foods like vada and three chutneys: catfish roe, shrimp, and and a spicy one!

The shrimp was incredible and took me right back to India! I also loved the catfish roe, which was spicy and buttery. The crunchy, spicy, and oily shrimp was out of this world, but the catfish roe was one of the best chutneys of all-time! There were lots of herbs in there and the roe pops in your mouth!

The vada was made of flour and went so well with the roe. Unreal! I loved it so much. The combination was so amazing that I had to get more of the roe! I couldn’t get enough of it!

Then we headed out to get some sausages. There were lots of varieties, but I got some chicken sausage, beef sausage, blood sausage with bread inside, and an exotic-looking piece of beef that I couldn’t identify.

The blood sausage was better than any I’d ever had. The chicken had a spicy and sweet soy sauce on it. I was loving the spicy and sweet combos here in Suriname! The beef sausage was another winner! It was so fresh and was like minced beef inside. You can just suck it out of the wrapper!

The exotic beef wasn’t bad. I was iffy on it because of the fat, but it was great with the sauce!

We crossed the bridge back into Pamaribo and made a left and followed the road. We passed a mosque and a Hindu temple, which shows how diverse Suriname is.

The road was being paved, so some of it was tricky to navigate! But then we got to the highway. Even though we were in a rainstorm, the area was beautiful! There was lots of jungle. The trees were higher and greener.

As we rode, we came across a wild, three-fingered sloth crossing the road. We decided to move him away from the road and put him near a tree to keep him safe from harm.

After about 3.5 or 4 hours, we arrived in the resort area. There was a huge, man-made lake, which was created in 1964. The area used to be a forest, so there are lots of trees rising out of the water!

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I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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EATING Surinamese INDIAN STREET FOOD on the Suriname River | Traveling to Isadou Island, Suriname

With my time at Stone Island, Suriname nearing an end, my guide Imro and I made our way to my next destination, Isadou Island. Along the way, I found some Surinamese Indian street food that blew my mind! Come along with me as I make my way to Isadou Island!

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My latest Surinamese adventure started on the road outside of Brownsweg, where I had stayed for the past day or so. My guide Imro and I were driving an hour and 15 minutes to the town of Achone on the Suriname River, where we would then catch a boat to Isadou Island in the Upper Suriname River.

We passed through Brownsweg, the small town nearby. We stopped to get some gas and then passed by some of its gold mines. My favorite part about the road trip is that you don’t know what to expect due to animals crossing the road! For now, we passed by a lot of bush. I was amazed by how green the country is. I love short road trips like this.

We arrived in Achone, a tiny town on the Suriname River. There are lots of boats along the river that head to other villages along the Upper Suriname River. We went to look for some food at a nice restaurant along the river. I saw some fried banana, but I wanted something else. We got a liter of Parbo bier, which was light and refreshing.

I got some barbecued chicken and french fries with mayonnaise. The noodles had a sweet sauce on them. The marinade on the chicken was great. It had a nice charcoal taste. I loved the Indonesian influence in the food! It has changed the way the food tastes in suriname.

The chicken was also super fresh. The marinade was a little different from the peanut sauce I’d had earlier in my trip, but still outstanding. I washed it all down with the beer!

Next, we went to the Fu Lin supermarket. We bought some beer because they don’t have any at the resort we’d be going to. We bought some Guinesses and some for the boat captain. Then, we got on the boat!

I put on my life jacket and covered myself with my scarf. We were in for a 45-minute boat ride upriver. Along the way, Imro told me that we might see some anaconda, monkeys, and caiman, sloths, toucans, and more in the jungle along the river.

A woman in our boat had some Indian food that she shared with me! There was some vada and a mango chutney. It had an African twist! It was spicy and the vada had a nice dough. The chutney was unreal! The Indian influence here was outstanding! It We dropped her off in another village.

After passing through an area with a super strong current, we got to the resort on Isadou. We were way off the beaten path! I had a lot of bags because of my equipment! The island was pretty small with 28 bungalows, some of which were along the river. Three of them have two beds and the others have 4 beds. It reminded me of my time in Panama. There were a few places to eat and opportunities to swim in the river and that was pretty much it!

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I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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INSANE Indian STREET FOOD in SURINAME + Traveling to BrownsMountain | Suriname

After 36 hours on beautiful Isadou Island on the Suriname River in the interior of the country, it was time for me to leave and start the next leg of my adventure! Come along with me and my boy Imro as we head to the BrownMountain area and try some insane Indian street food along the way!

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My latest adventure began with me kicking back and relaxing in the hammock outside of my bungalow on Isadou Island. My mind was blown by my time on this island. In the last 36 hours, I had trekked through the jungle, searched for caiman at night, swam in the river, visited the local village, chilled out, and more!

Today, I’d get some breakfast on the island, take a boat ride up to Achone, and head back to Brownsweg.

I met back up with Imro to get a healthy village breakfast in the dining hall. We got some bananas, grapefruit, eggs, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, bread, and coffee. I got everything except the cucumber and banana. The eggs had very little yolk in them and the tomatoes were super fresh. I loved them! I made a little sandwich pocket with a piece of bread, the eggs, cheese, and tomatoes.

After breakfast, I grabbed my backpack and the paddle I bought in the village of Jaw Jaw the previous day and headed out. I had a lot of clothes and equipment, so Imro had to help me with my bags. I said goodbye to the amazing locals and we loaded my bags into the boat. You can protect your bags and yourself from the water with some plastic.

We continued through the rapids, past Jaw Jaw, toward Achone. It would only take 30 minutes because we’d be traveling with the current. The river was super calm. On the way, we saw some red hen monkeys and squirrel monkeys jumping from tree to tree above us.

After 30 minutes, we arrived back in Achone. I was hungry again! We got back to Imro’s car. I saw someone with three paddles and bought two of them as gifts. Then I met a woman selling a flour vada and mango chutney!

The mango chutney was spicy and so tasty! It rivaled some of the ones I had in India. It had a delicious, African twist and was super fluffy. It was incredible! I asked for some more mango chutney for the last few bites. It was that good and so creamy! And it only cost me about $1 USD.

Then we bought some water inside the supermarket. We had about an hour’s drive until we reached Brownsweg. I was hoping to see some wildlife along the way. I also tried to get some money out of an ATM, but it wouldn’t give me any money. Only one had worked for me so far! I suggest getting money out of the ATM to pull out money. You get the best exchange rate that way.

After 30 minutes, we hadn’t seen much along the roads except a few huts and some logging and quarries. There was lots of lush, green bush. We arrived in Brownsweg to head up to the BrownsMountain area!

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UNREAL Surinamese Breakfast in PARAMARIBO + Flying to Palumeu | Suriname

The next leg of my Surinamese adventure was finally upon me! Come along with me as I enjoy an unreal Surinamese breakfast in Paramaribo and then hop on a flight to Palumeu. I couldn’t wait to start this next adventure in Suriname!

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My adventure started in the capital of Suriname, Paramaribo. My boy Imro from Jenny Tours and I started off our day at a local restaurant called Jennely’s Food House that sells at least 25 different breakfast options. Usually, you pick an item that they stuff into a piece of bread, but I wanted to try everything, so I decided not to have too much bread

The food looked like a unique mix of Indian, African, Dutch, and Indonesian, and looked really good. I was so excited to eat!

I got some cucumber, tomato, lettuce, beans, beef, pork, chicken curry, kidneys, and shrimp! I opened my bread and put some shrimp inside. They were nice and small and super tasty. The shrimp were oily and fresh and came in a tomato-based sauce.

Then, I went with the chicken liver. It was dense and so full of flavor! The bread made it super filling. I got some hot, black coffee between bites and then tried some of the pork alone. It was sweet and seemed to have some Chinese influences. The beef was darker and chewier than the liver, but it was hard to eat with the bread.

Next, I tried the pom, which is like a chicken salad with mangoes and vegetable. The sweetness from the mangoes was off the charts! Then I tried some beans, which reminded me of Thailand. Everything had a unique flavor. Then I took the bread and soaked up the remaining sauce on my plate!

Then I grabbed some liver, sprouts, and greens. It was crunchy, sweet, and spicy and was my favorite dish so far! I couldn’t get enough of it! You have to eat at Jennely’s when you come to Paramaribo.

Then, I went inside to talk to the woman working there. I had to tell her how amazing the food was!

From there, we went back to my hotel and grabbed my things. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to Imro, who wouldn’t be coming with me on the next leg of my trip. I packed all my things into a taxi and headed off to the charter airport!

This would be my first time on a chartered plane in several years. It’s an awesome experience because it’s usually just you and the pilot. It’s expensive, but it’s always worth it. I’d be flying to a spot near the Surinamese border with Brazil!

At the airport, I met my guide, Julius, from Met Travel Tours. We’d be flying Gum Air down to Palumeu on an 10-seat charter plane. They weighed me and my luggage and I chilled in the VIP area with other people who’d be flying on the plane.

I boarded the plane and sat in the back. There, I had awesome views out both windows! We took off! I was a little nervous because the turbulence in tiny planes is much worse than larger planes. But I was also excited to get to the jungle! We flew over the Brokopondo Reservoir, gold mines, and the Suriname River.

After 30 minutes, we landed to pick up 4 more passengers. There was a lot of turbulence as we flew through the clouds. I could see the rainforest below as we descended. We landed in a tiny, green airstrip, where four others boarded. We only had 15 more minutes to go!

We flew right over the Suriname River as we took off again, and I could see villages below. It was so beautiful! We descended again fast and landed at another landing strip in the jungle. We were going to have tons of adventures at Palumeu! I couldn’t wait!

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JAVANESE Indonesian Food YOU MUST TRY In Suriname | Paramaribo, Suriname

As my first day in Paramaribo, Suriname wound to a close, my boy Imro took me out to have a Javanese Indonesian dinner that I still can’t stop thinking about before we checked out some Brazilian dancing and Surinamese street food! Come along with me as I continue my exploration of the beautiful melting pot that is Surinamese food!

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To start our evening, Imro took me to a spot called Jakarta Restaurant. It’s one of the best Indonesian restaurants in the city!

I started with a rose milk with coconut, which was so tasty and refreshing. It’s a delicious Indonesian drink!

Next, I had a saoto soup and a second one with a gigantic shrimp in it. I also got a second drink that was similar to the rose milk, but it was green instead of pink. It was like condensed milk with an herbal taste!

I started with the jumbo shrimp, which was fantastic. The saoto soup contained tofu and sprouts and came with a chili sauce and a soy sauce. The soy sauce was dense and a little spicy and the spice hit me a little hard. I added some real spice to the other saoto soup, which contained an egg. The egg was nice and creamy and was so good with the tofu and sprouts!

Then I went out to the buffet and got a plate with a banana leaf. I got some rice, beef with potato and curry, chicken, thin noodles with chicken, satay, bamboo shoots with coconut milk, and eggs with coconut. I had a packed plate and couldn’t wait to dive in!

I started with the chicken satay, which was so tender and juicy. The sauce was unreal! I got satay all the time when I was in Thailand, but this was a little different from the Thai style! Next, I went with the beef with coconut, which was tender and coated in roasted coconut. Then, I tried the chicken, which was cooked so well and was super tender.

The bamboo shoots weren’t so spicy. I tried some with some amazing sticky rice. The beef curry had just the right amount of toughness and was like beef jerky. I was loving the variety of the food! There was also a spicy samba, which was fruity and had a nice kick to it! The lo mein with chicken was also great.

Then I moved on to the coconut shaves with pepper. I tried it with the egg. It wasn’t crazy spicy and had some nice greens in it. Next, I had some fish, which I tried with some glazy soy sauce that took it to the next level!

Then I went to get some tofu with sprouts, rice, and coconut. It was amazing! It was fried tofu drenched in soy sauce. It was crunchy, spicy, and really unique. It was my favorite dish so far!

After that, the owner brought me some huge shrimp, steak, a fried rice called picante, and veggies. The steak was super tender and had a mushroom sauce on it. It was phenomenal and was medium rare.

The vegetables contained broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower and was super moist and tasty. I took the shell off the shrimp. It was a little tough but it was worth it! The shrimp had been barbecued and had amazing flavor.

The picante came with a hot sauce that was like a spicy glaze. Then I tried the rice with a spicy red dish wrapped in a leaf. It was so good, but definitely spicy! I needed more rose milk to calm down the heat in my mouth!

Then we headed back out to see some dancers in the city center. It was like a Brazilian block party. There were vendors selling food, but I was too full to try it. It was still early, so there wasn’t much going on at first. I chilled had had a Brazilian beer called Schin, which was light but not bad. There were lots of people drinking and eating!

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Authentic SURINAMESE Street Food Breakfast + Central Market Tour | Paramaribo, Suriname

On my first morning in Suriname’s capital of Paramaribo, I headed out bright and early to have an authentic Surinamese street food breakfast. Come along with me as I try some of the local cuisine and go on a tour of the Central Market!

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My buddy and guide, Imro from Jenny Tours, took me to Cafetaria De Smaak to start my day. I was starving and could not wait to eat and explore!

In the restaurant, there were lots of dishes on the menu, including small shrimp, chicken, steak, fish, and potatoes with kidneys. They’re basically different protein salads and they all looked so good!

The breakfast dish has a Dutch name. You usually get some bread and try one dish, but I got a bit of everything: fish, kidney with potatoes, beef, shrimp and veggies, and more. It was like a Surinamese thali! I took a piece of bread and stuffed some shrimp inside.

The shrimp had a light and tasty curry. I couldn’t get enough of it! The salty fish wasn’t too salty but good. I had some super hot coffee with it. The best thing is, this breakfast will only cost you between $1.20 and $3 USD.

Next, I went with the local specialty, which was like a chicken salad with mango. It was mushy and had a nice sweetness to it. Then I went with the beef, which was tender and had a rich sauce. It was super tasty with the bread. Then I went with the minced meat, which was really great and was light on the spices. The potatoes and chicken kidneys were fantastic. I love organ meat!

Then I took everything on the plate and mixed it together. The mix reminded me of something I’d had in Thailand. There were lots of different flavors and textures and was so good! I’d never had anything like it before!

From there, we headed to a local market. I wanted to get a look at local life and maybe get some more food! We passed by lots of restaurants and 5-star hotels. There were also souvenir shops. Because it was 9 a.m. on a Saturday, there weren’t a lot of people around. There was lots of Dutch architecture in the city center.

We headed to the market, where we found a man mending broken shoes. There were a lot of women selling fresh produce like lychee. The women didn’t like being filmed, but they let me film the vegetables. As we continued, I started smelling the fish in the fish market!

We found some dried shrimp and some incredible-looking smoked fish. We got a smoked catfish and sampled some of the meat. It wasn’t my favorite but there weren’t any bones! There were also some crabs hanging on the outside of some barrels. Further on were lots of shrimp and huge catfish roe. There were vendors cleaning crabs as well!

There were also vendors cleaning fish. It smelled really fishy there! I was the only foreigner there, which made it a really immersive experience.

From there, we headed to the meat hall, which has lots of chicken on the right and fish on the left. It felt like I was in a market in Africa! The vegetable area was more like a wet market in Manila. They had lots of vegetables I’d never seen before. My allergies were acting up, so we got something for that!

Then I got a slush pom de citerre, which was like condensed rose milk with coconut. It was refreshing and super hydrating! It cost 6 SRD, or just under $1 USD.

Next, I went on the hunt for some masks. We arrived at ReadyTex, where there were some wooden crafts but no masks. My favorites were the wooden foldable chairs, which were 1,250 SRD, or about $140 USD. I found a nice Suriname soccer jersey and two for my nephews.

The heat was starting to get to me, but at least it wasn’t humid! My hunt for a mask continued.

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Suriname

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Back in July of 2019, I spent 11 amazing days traveling around the diverse South American country of Suriname. These are the top 10 places you must visit in Suriname!

1. Paramaribo
Suriname’s capital and largest city. It’s a cosmopolitan melting pot where you can find a rich, colonial past and cuisines that range from Chinese to African to Indonesian to Indian to Dutch. You can also find accommodations for every budget!

2. Tamanredjo
A small town between Paramaribo and Albina. Most of its people are Javanese, and you can find incredible Indonesian chicken, fried banana, rice, and beans, at Warung Lenny’s restaurant in town.

3. Galibi
A small village located at the meeting place of the Maroni River and the Atlantic Ocean. There, you can find lots of outstanding seafood and, between February and June, you can find nesting sea turtles!

4. Brownsweg/Ston Eiland
A town about 80 miles south of Paramaribo, near Brownsberg Nature Park and the Brokopondo Reservoir. The reservoir and surrounding forest offers jungle treks, Howler Monkey Island, and fishing for piranha, and you can find Surinamese barbecue in town!

5. Atjoni
A tiny port village that provides transportation to villages along the Upper Surinamese river. Here, you can grab some Indonesian-inspired food at the riverside restaurant and take a boat ride to Isadou Island.

6. Isadou Island
A small river island in the Upper Suriname River that is home to the Isadou Resort. You can also enjoy delicious jungle food, take treks in the forest, take a dip in the river, search for caiman at night, and visit nearby Jaw Jaw village!

7. Browns-Mountain
A 500-meter-tall mountain in Brownsberg Nature Reserve near Brokopondo Reservoir. From its summit, you can enjoy views of the reservoir and hike to two different jungle waterfalls.

8. Palumeu
A tiny village along the Tapanahony River deep in Suriname’s interior. Take a hike through the jungle to Poti Hill, explore the primary and secondary forests, go fishing in the river rapids, and visit the village!

9. Lelydorp
A mostly Javanese village along the main road leading south from Paramaribo. It’s a great place to find unique handicrafts and Indonesian-inspired street food like lumpia, satay, chicken sausage, and boiled vegetables with spicy peanut sauce!

10. Johanna-Margaretha
An area east of Paramaribo near the meeting place of the Suriname and Commewijne Rivers. Watch the pink-bellied dolphins at sunset and have an Indian dinner at the Johanna en Margaretha plantation before heading out into the swamp to look for caimans at night!

And there you have it! Those are the top 10 places you must visit in Suriname. This country is so unbelievably diverse in terms of culture and food, and is also a gorgeous country that is largely untouched and unknown to most. You will love it!

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Surinamese CHINESE & INDONESIAN Breakfast Markets Tour | Paramaribo, Suriname

My second day in Suriname was another epic adventure! I started my day with a breakfast tour of the local markets in the capital of Paramaribo, where I tried some super yummy Chinese and Indonesian foods! Join me as I explore more of Paramaribo!

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My buddy and guide Imro from Jenny Tours took me to Independence Park. On Sunday mornings at 6:30, people bring their birds to show them off!

I was super hungry and couldn’t wait to eat! We arrived at the Chinese market, where there were yellow tents selling Chinese street foods. I saw my favorites, pork buns! They also had lots of dumplings. It took me right back to my time in China!

I got a pork bun, a chicken bun, chicken shumai, beef balls, and pork shumai. I started with the pork bun, which I can eat every day in China. It was super juicy and had a nice, flavorful sauce. The pork was really nice and tender and the bun itself was really flaky. It tasted almost the same as the ones in China!

The chicken shumai with soy sauce took me back to Shanghai! The beef ball was gamy and dense. Meanwhile, the pork shumai was tasty and airy. It was my favorite! The only thing that took away from the authenticity was the fact that I was eating it with a fork!

The chicken bun was so good and was filled with chicken and a rich, red-orange sauce. It had more meat than the pork and was the better of the two!

Then we saw some fresh and fried tofu, buns with cream inside, chicken, pork, buns, and even Chinese pizza!

Further along are vendors selling vegetables, including some I had never seen before. There was a type of eggplant that I wasn’t familiar with, some frozen seafood, and roasted duck! There were also sausages, which I couldn’t wait to taste!

The sausage looked like chorizo and was coated in a delicious, Chinese sauce. The wrapper was tough, but the pork inside was tasty and super fatty! I also got 5 fried fish balls on a stick. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was decent. It needed hot sauce!

This Chinese market opens every Sunday at 7 a.m. There are so many things to try! Then I got some sugarcane juice, which was so sweet and refreshing!

From there, Imro took me to the Javanese market, Saoenah Markt. It’s the biggest Indonesian market in Suriname. People from Indonesia immigrated here in the late 19th century.

I found a vendor making Indian vada almost immediately. There were lots of vendors selling greens. I could se stomach and tons of other dishes like fried banana, satay, and small plates.

I got some liver satay in a rich sauce, fried banana with peanut sauce, and a lumpia with spicy ketchup. The liver was so dense and the sauce had a peanut-like flavor. It blew my mind and was the best liver ever! The deep-fried banana was like a plantain and reminded me of a maduro. It was sweet and spicy! The lumpia was stuffed with tasty vegetables. There was some nice egg in it. Everything came to 15 SRD, or just under $2 USD.

Next, I got a coconut and rose milk juice with small jellies on the bottom. It was sweet and refreshing. I was loving the diversity in Surinamese cuisine! Then I met a subscriber named Monica. There were clothing and produce vendors there.

The heat was killing me, though! I suggest getting an ice slushy. Next, we headed to a third market that sells clothing, produce, and wine made from cassava. It contained 2% and was nice and light. It had a rosy taste and was a little bitter and earthy. I loved it!

There were also vendors selling birds like picolets and parakeets. There were also fruits soaking in vinegar, clothing, CDs, and more.

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Suriname Plantation INDIAN FOOD + Pink Dolphins & Caiman Spotting | Paramaribo, Suriname

As my last full day in Suriname continued, I linked up with my boy Roël from Jenny Tours, who took me out on the Suriname River to see some pink dolphins! After that, come along with us to try some insane Suriname plantation Indian food and see some caimans in the wetlands!

We started our adventure on the river, where we put on some camouflage life vests and boarded our boat! As we rode out to look for the dolphins, we enjoyed some beers. I was told we’d have to have a lot of luck in order to spot them, but I was hopeful!

We reached the confluence of two rivers, where it’s usually rough, but because the tide was high, it wasn’t so bad. We spotted some dolphins in the water. I could hear them as well! They were splashing and jumping along the surface. There were at least 8 or 12 of them, but they usually steer clear of the boats. They’re the smallest species of dolphin in the world and are very shy. It’s crazy that we were only 20 minutes from Paramaribo!

We spent an hour out on the river, and then we headed over to our boat captain’s plantation. His family is of Indian descent, so I couldn’t wait to eat some Suriname plantation Indian food. We reached a small village and landed, and I got to meet some of the locals!

The village is home to lots of people of Indian descent. They were super friendly and one of them even sang for my camera! From there, we got on a small, motorized canoe and headed through the waterways of the mangrove swamp. It looked like I was in Goa and Kerala!

I reached the plantation, where I played with a cute dog and saw a kid wearing a Spider-Man shirt! Then I met our boat captain’s mother, who made us some roti, aloo with greens, and chicken curry! It looked so good!

I dug right in. The roti was still hot! I went for the aloo first, and then Roël gave me some hot sauce. It was really hot. I can’t eat food without any spice. Then I went for the chicken. It was so fresh and had some delicious masala on it. There were tons of bones in it, so I pulled it apart, separated the bones, and wrapped some in the roti. So good!

The roti was thin and airy like a crepe. I was loving the chicken! And the roti here in Suriname was next level. I couldn’t get over how fresh the chicken was. It had my mouth watering, it was so good!

In India, they don’t pack lots of food into each bite, but I had to! After dinner, I was stuffed. We hung out with some locals afterward. I was loving how much this area of Suriname looked like the backwaters of Kerala! We waited for the sun to set and then headed out to look for caiman!

Roël put on a head lamp and we got in the boat. I suggest wearing long sleeves here. There are tons of mosquitoes. You should spray your entire body to keep them away.

You have to look for the caimans’ eyes reflected in the lamp. We passed under a low bridge, so I had to lay flat in the boat as we passed underneath it. We spotted our first caiman. Roël attempted to grab it, but we spotted another smaller one. Roël caught him. He was about 15 inches, but they get about 2.5 meters . I got to hold him for a minute and then I let him go.

We caught a second one, almost 2.5 feet long. He had some fight in him! We called it a night after the mosquitoes kept attacking me. What an incredible day!

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Surinamese REMOTE VILLAGE TOUR & Trying Their JUNGLE BEER | Palumeu, Suriname

My adventures in Suriname continued along the Tapanahony River in Palumeu, deep in the interior of the country. A whopping 80% of Suriname is covered by rainforest, so a lot of the country, including Palumeu, is virtually untouched!

I was staying at a resort that accommodates 20 people. It’s made up of wooden bungalows with basic amenities, but they have electricity, so I can charge my gear! There are two twin beds with mosquito netting and hammocks on a dock outside.

My latest adventure started with lunch in the open-air dining hall! We had some roti with pumpkin mash, aloo, and chicken. There was also some spicy chili that I added to it! It was delicious together! The pumpkin was a little sweet.

I took some of the chicken off the bone. It was so tasty and juicy. It was simple yet so good and fresh! I was loving the Indian influence in the cuisine. The sauces were a real game-changer and the heat from the chilies cleared my sinuses! I loved mixing everything together!

Next, I headed to the village with my guide Julius from Mets Travel and Tours. He told me it would take 12 days to get here from Albina! We approached the village, where the houses were built on stilts so they don’t flood when it rains. There are about a dozen houses in total. We also saw the local Baptist church, Maranata Jesu Panejan. Most of the people here are Baptist!

Most of the locals were working, so they weren’t around. The few people around were in the shade. We also visited the communal hall, where meetings, celebrations, and feasts are held. People also sleep there if there’s an overflow of people.

My guides were completely covered so they wouldn’t burn. I was told that the villages are near the river because it’s their lifeline. It’s their food and water source. They bathe there and wash their clothes there. I also learned that the Amerindian population mostly lives along the river while the Maroon people are more inland.

I asked if they had anything for sale. They brought out lots of bracelets, some maracas, a knife, and arrow, necklaces, and a a flute! I got some bracelets made of seeds and leaves for my daughters. Then, I went to try a local beer. I could taste the fermentation. It was a little thick and cloudy. It was 3 to 5% alcohol and was super earthy and milky! It was so good and refreshing that I got a second round!

Then, we headed back the resort. I had another charter flight in 50 minutes. Along the way, I met a beautiful parrot! We passed by the local school, which is next to the airstrip. There are a couple hundred airstrips in the interior.

I’d get to sit in the front with the pilot! I was a little nervous because I don’t really like small planes. It was going to be a thrilling adventure. We took off and soared high above the rainforest. It was never-ending dense jungle.

We passed over towns and settlements and eventually landed smoothly back in Paramaribo. It only took 70 minutes and was a pretty good flight, although we had some bumpy moments in some clouds. I was a little freaked out, but now it was time for me to go to my hotel!

Paramaribo is so diverse. Here, you have people from many different ethnicities, including Dutch, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Amerindian, African, and more. It’s a true melting pot! Because of that, the food is incredibly diverse.

I arrived at my hotel, the Royal Torarica Hotel, one of the best in Paramaribo. My room was really modern, sleek, and luxurious. It had high ceilings, a king-sized bed, a couch, flat screen TV, and more. The bathroom reminded me of a 5-star boutique hotel!

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AMAZING Surinamese Seafood + LEATHERBACK TURTLES | Galibi, Suriname

After arriving in the riverside town of Albina, Suriname, which lies just opposite French Guyana along the banks of the Maroni River, my boy Imro and I made the boat trip north to Galibi along the Atlantic Ocean. There, we would look for some leatherback turtles! I couldn’t wait to start the next leg of my Surinamese adventure!

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We started by driving through Albina to get some gas for our boat driver. I had to be careful to not really film the people; they don’t really like it.

We arrived at the gas station. I had never been to one like it. It was right along the river and had a great view of French Guyana across the water! The lush greenery of French Guyana had a real jungle feel and the whole area reminded me of places I’ve visited in Africa. We bought 55 liters of gas for 350 SRD, or a little under $47 USD. We contracted the boat driver to ferry us for the next 24 hours.

Albina was blowing my mind. In addition to Africa, it reminded me of certain places in India as well. The beach was barren with the exception of lots of boats and a fallen tree. Our trip would take 2 hours and I didn’t want to burn, so I changed to a long-sleeved shirt to cover my arms.

After we set off, my boy Imro surprised me with a Parbo Bier. It was nice and cold! And after a choppy, 100-minute ride, with water splashing all over us, we arrived in Galibi! This was way off the beaten path!

I arrived at my cabin for the night, which contained a bed with mosquito netting. It was all I needed. Then, we headed to go see Imro’s girlfriend, who was cooking some wild boar and seafood! We walked along a gorgeous, picturesque beach to get there and passed lots of parked boats along the way. Our boat driver had brought our water, bags, and alcohol, so we carried them the rest of the way.

In addition to Africa, Galibi also reminded me of Tortuguero in Costa Rica. It had the same Caribbean-like feel!

After we arrived, we found lots of food cooking: wild boar in a peppery soup, curry crab, local crab, crab brains, and casaba bread and grains. The soup was spicy, and the boar meat was tasty, tender, and gamy but full of bones. It was a light soup with a real kick to it!

Next was the casaba bread, which was hard and crunchy, with some broth and boar. The casaba grains were hard and earthy. The local rose wine we brought was great to wash it all down! Local village food is the best! The variety was blowing me away!

Next were the crab brains, which you eat by adding a bit of salt and dipping the casaba bread into it. It was gelatinous and slimy and wasn’t my favorite. The curry crab was tasty and succulent but not spicy. It took some effort to get to the meat!

The local crab was fleshy and buttery. The last thing I went for was the claw, which was full of flesh!

After our meal, Imro found a tarantula in a tree! We took another path back to the guest house. On the way, we passed a jungle where there are lots of animals including jaguars!

At the guest house, I got snapper in a tomato sauce with rice, and spicy fish soup. The broth was creamy and spicy as ever and the fish’s flesh was super buttery! I had to break the fish up to get rid of the bones. I had to be really careful eating it!

I broke up the other snapper as well. I loved the glazy, tomato sauce but I still had to look out for bones.

At 8:30 that night, I headed out to look for leatherback turtles! We used a red light so we wouldn’t disturb any animals. In 3 hours, we only saw a caiman and some birds. I recommend visiting in February at the start of sea turtle season.

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

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ROADSIDE Surinamese INDONESIAN STREET FOOD + Wild Açaí | Traveling to Albina, Suriname

After spending two incredible days in the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo, I was on the move to my next destination, Albina! Come along with me as my friend and guide Imro takes me east to the border with French Guyana and I try some amazing Surinamese Indonesian street food along the way!

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We started off with a ride through Paramaribo’s downtown area. It’s the oldest and most historical area of town and boasts lots of Dutch architecture. On our left was the Suriname River riverside, which is where the market is. We headed across a huge brige above the river to a different district within Suriname. Its capital is Albina, our next destination!

The roads are really well paved. They were done within the last 9 years. Before that, they were rocky, dirt roads. Because they’re paved, they’re really smooth and cut your travel time by a lot! We passed through the town of Tamarejo, which is 95% Javanese. There, we stopped at a place called Warung Lenny, which sells Javanese street food.

There were at least 20 different things to choose from! I started with some pommesitair juice, which tasted very healthy, almost like aloe vera juice. It was very refreshing! Then I got my feast, including noodles, two rices, beans, sprouts, peanut dressing, a spicy chili sauce, fried banana, and chicken.

The banana with the peanut sauce was delicious! It was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. The sauce was creamy and spicy, while the chili sauce was crazy spicy! I don’t recommend that one. But the peanut sauce was so yummy and made the fried banana feel like a dessert. The Indo food in Suriname was blowing my mind!

The fried chicken was incredibly fresh and so different from chicken that has been frozen. It was juicier, more tender, and the skin was crunchier. I loved it with the peanut sauce!

The noodles were a little peppery and oily and reminded me of buckwheat noodles. They were a little thick and softer than al dente. The sprouts were crunchy and fresh, and the green beans were also super fresh! There were also some smaller green beans and some rice with soy sauce. I added the peanut sauce to the rice. The chunks of peanuts with the greens was phenomenal! I also added some to the veg, which took it to the next level!

I finished up by dumping the rest of the peanut sauce into the rice and veg and mixing it together. The sweetness and spice was an interesting combination I’d never had before and I loved it! This was some of the best food I’d had in Suriname so far!

From there, we headed on. We found a roadside hut where a woman was selling vegetables including eggplant, beans, and a bitter melon. The melon was bitter and crunchy. We moved on and saw lots of bush along the side of the road. We crossed another bridge and stopped at another roadside hut, where I tried a shot of 90 proof alcohol! It’s an aphrodisiac and was super strong! I also drank fresh coconut water and ate some fresh coconut meat!

After riding for a little longer, we stopped again and got some fresh acai puree in plastic bags. It was super thick and earthy and got all over me as I tried to drink it! We drove into a foggy rain storm as we continued deeper into the rainforest. We could barely see anything but it only lasted 2 minutes!

After passing some traditional, residential buildings, shacks, supermarkets, a school, and lots of jungle, we arrived in the small town of Albina! It was along the river, and across from us was French Guyana. From there, we’d take a ferry north to the Atlantic Ocean to reach Galibi.

I hope you enjoyed joining me on my 4-hour journey to Albina! If you did, please give this video a thumbs up, leave a comment, and subscribe so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travel/food adventures!

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About Me:

My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

P.S. Thank you for watching my videos and subscribing!

Suriname Airways BUSINESS CLASS Review | Paramaribo to Miami via Aruba

With my time in Suriname officially at its end, it was time for me to make my way back home to Miami. Come along with me as I fly home and give my Surinam Airways business class review along the way!

My day began at my hotel, the Royal Torarica. I had been exploring Suriname for 10 days and the country blew me away! The country is a huge melting pot, with people of Amerindian, Dutch, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, and African descent all living there. The diversity is reflected in the food, which is out of this world!

I had to travel about 60 minutes to the airport, catch my flight to Aruba, go through U.S. customs there and get my bags again, and then continue on to Miami. I’d be reviewing the flight along the way!

I grabbed my bags and paddles and headed downstairs. It was Monday morning. We passed a ton of cars coming into Paramaribo - people heading into town to go to work. I had heard I should get to the airport early. As we continued on, the sun rose completely. I got to the airport in 45 minutes!

I had a quick trip through the business class line. I hoped I wouldn’t have any problems with the box with the paddles. I didn’t, and went through security to the huge sitting area. There was only one gate. I went to the gift shop to get some things for my family and then looked for a business class lounge.

I found it on the second level. There was some food, coffee, and liquor. I chilled and had some coffee. I got on the bus, which took me to the plane. We were probably going to be a little late taking off. There were only 8 seats in business class. It was completely full! It would take about 3 hours to get to Aruba.

For breakfast, I had pom, bread, mashed potatoes, and yogurt. I also got some orange juice! I put the pom inside the bread to make a sandwich. It was great! It’s like a chicken salad made with roux. In business class, they give you a nice blanket, so I took a nap.

We arrived in Aruba. I had a quick connection, so all I had to do was get my luggage, check it back in, go through Immigration, and continue on to Miami. I had just been on the island just a few months earlier with my wife and kids. I went through security and through the main gates, got my bags, went through U.S. customs, and then was cleared to go on to the plane.

They let me into the VIP lounge and got a nice beer for 45 minutes before my flight. Back on the plane, I had the same seat. I also had the window seat next to me since the woman who was next to me wasn’t there. I was super hungry, so I got lunch: fried rice with chicken, bread, Borgoe rum with apple juice, and a chocolate cookie.

It was basically nice, Chinese fried rice and the chicken had some nice flavors. About three hours later, I was back in Miami! What an epic day to end an epic trip! Suriname is so incredible and so different. It needs to be on everyone’s South American itinerary!

I hope you enjoyed my Surinam Airways business class review on my way back to Miami! If you did, please give it a thumbs up and leave a comment. Also, please subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any of my upcoming travel/food adventures!

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 76 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

P.S. Thank you for watching my videos and subscribing!

Surinamese JUNGLE FOOD + Jungle Trek to the POTI HILL | Palumeu, Suriname

After arriving at Palumeu, deep in the interior of Suriname, I tried some delicious Surinamese jungle food before going on an awesome jungle trek to Poti Hill! Come along with me as I explore the wonders of Palumeu!

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Palumeu is far off the beaten path, so the best way to reach it is via a charter plane, which takes about an hour from Paramaribo. You can also take a boat, but it will take days!

My adventures in Palumeu began almost immediately after landing, as Julius from Mets Travel & Tours and my local guide Ose took me to my beautiful, rustic, wooden bungalow at the Palumeu Jungle Lodge. It had two twin beds, a small desk, and a tiny but clean bathroom. The beds had mosquito nets over them, which you put down at 6 p.m.

Outside the bungalow was the Tapanahony River, one of the largest branches of the Maroni River! It’s located very close to the border with French Guiana. For me, the tropical wilderness with the jungle and river was paradise.

We headed back out for our Surinamese jungle food lunch. I was starving and couldn’t wait to eat! We headed toward the river and hopped in a huge, motorized canoe, which would take us to lunch.

The Tapanahony River was calmer than the Suriname River but there were still some rapids. It was really beautiful! The whole area was so serene. I was in heaven! Suriname was changing my life every single day. We landed and posted up at a campground, where we had some yuca frita, coleslaw, fish, and peanut sauce!

I love yuca frita, and it was incredible with the sweet peanut sauce. It’s almost like a really dense, fried plantain. I had to be careful with the fish because of the bones. It was a nice, fried fish. I pulled it apart to get rid of the big bones. It reminded me of a fried snapper and was really delicious!

But I was really loving the yuca frita with peanut sauce. I grew up with yuca frita in Miami. It’s so much better than French fries. The coleslaw contained tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, cucumber, and corn. It had a really nice crunch and I loved the addition of the corn. We finished our Surinamese jungle food with a punch-like lemonade.

We got back on the boat for another 20-30 minute journey down the river. I couldn’t wait to start my 60-minute jungle trek! I was hoping to see some animals!

Suriname is 80% untouched virgin rainforest. As we landed, we could hear a bird in the trees! We started our trek. I could smell parrot feces. The trek was really easy and much more suited to beginners than the ones at Browns-Mountain. The trail was nice and clear of debris. As we hiked, Julius showed me a palm tree that’s used for building walls and roofs of houses.

Barely any sun could get through the canopy above us, so we were really protected. There was lots of air flowing and there were lots of fallen logs to jump over! Twenty minutes in, I was feeling the burn! Then, Julius showed me a seed pod from a tree, which is used as a pipe to smoke tobacco. We also found a paddlewood tree, which is used to make paddles, and a massive, 300-year-old tree!

We hadn’t seen any animals yet, but I was still hopeful! We reached the top of the huge Poti Hill, where there were lots of spiny, sharp plants. The hill was really steep! We spent 30 minutes there and headed back down. This area reminded me of my time in Malawi!

On our way back, we could hear a loud bird. Back at the boat, our captain had caught some piranha! We followed the Tapanahony River back to the lodge. The Maroon people live downstream, while the Amerindians live upstream! I’d chill for a couple of hours and then have dinner!

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 74 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.

I focus a great deal on food and historical sites, as you probably have seen! I love to experience the different flavors that each destination has to offer, from casual street food to gourmet restaurant dining. I’m also passionate about learning about the local history and culture.

P.S. Thank you for watching my videos and subscribing!

Indian food in Suriname | Butter Chicken, Biryani

My Dream come true!

Today I will eat Indian food for the first time.
I’ve heard, read and see all about it.
And I got company from a good friend of mine, Nazia Hassenmohamed.
She knows a lot about Biryani.

I’ll eat:
Aloe- & Onion Pakohra (Known as Phlauri)
Chicken Biryani Mild spicy
Butter chicken & Chicken Tika Massala
AND…… The Nuclear Biryani chicken (Extra extra Hottness)

Let's See how Hot the food is!!!

Enjoy.

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Mission in Suriname ???????? Episode 19 - Beste Roti van Suriname Doksen Club 2019

Waar koop je nou de beste Roti voor de beste prijs ?
Heel vroeger was dat Villia van de Kwattaweg hoogte
Alginco maar nu zijn er veel goede Roti shops en 1 is zelf zo populair dat ze ook In Nederland te vinden zijn .

Maar nu welke zal het worden in Suriname ?????????
Is moeilijk maar door inne minne mutte is de keus gevallen op Doksa Club .. een shop waar ik al jaren kom met altijd de lekkerste kip platen en service ????

Ok ik ben misschien wat bevooroordeeld omdat de eigenaar en zijn Pa goede kennissen zijn van ons .

Dus vandaag een ophaal en test review in de stijl van Channel48 ????????

Met dank asn Doksen Club en ook voor de gratis
Barra's

Geniet er maar weer van vrienden en laat me weten
wat je denkt ????

Video door Channel48
Met Puck Darlington
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