Name: Djon djon rice (Diri ak djon djon)
Eaten in: Haiti
This post is certainly not about a boring white rice recipe. I feel extremely lucky that my Haitian mom, my Togolese dad and my multicultural friends have introduced me to several fantastic rice dishes. Isn’t it fabulous to be able to match your rice dish with your mood, your clothes or your friends’ favourite colors? I personally eat rice at least eight different ways: white, red, pinkish, brown, green, brown, yellow and black. And the black one is my favourite among them all: you will be blown away by the taste of the djon djon rice! Djon djons are edible black mushrooms that are especially common in the northern region of Haiti. They are associated with such a delightful taste and aroma that they can almost be seen as a delicacy not to be used in everyday cooking! As they are brought to boil, the djon djons release a distinctive black coloring, hence yielding a black stock in which regular rice is cooked. Serve it along any kind of meat or fish and you will have a flavoursome meal your taste buds will thank you for.