Mauritius: Delicious Mauritius!
The Dutch were the first to settle Mauritius in the 17th century, but they left pretty quickly and didn’t really influence Mauritian cuisine.
Next came the French in the 18th century, along with workers from China to help them build cities. These workers introduced the island to Chinese dishes like fried rice and sticky cakes called Nian Gao. Over time, these foods mixed with the traditional French dishes eaten by the settlers, creating unique new recipes.
In addition to a diverse history, Mauritian food is packed with flavors because it was located along the Spice Route. In the 16th century, the French, British, and the Dutch began to buy spices from India and Southeast Asia to sell in Europe. Located in the Indian, Mauritius was a popular spot to rest, eat, refuel, and trade. Eventually, spice plants like cinnamon and nutmeg sprung up in Mauritius, and all those flavors found their way into the food.