From ackee and saltfish, to oxtail and curry goat – there’s a range of Jamaican cuisine available in the UK that evokes the real heritage and culture of the Caribbean.
Now Jamaica’s premier snack – the authentic Juici Patty – has re-launched in UK supermarkets packed with tender meat, vegetables and delicious spices and seasoning popular in kitchens and diners across the tropical island.
Baked to golden perfection, the Jamaican patties are available chilled or frozen and ready to heat up in an oven. They come in three tasty flavours – chicken, beef or stew peas – all made from the quality recipe with its proud origins dating back to Jamaica since the 1980s.
They are opening up a world of culinary traditions with food lovers and there are so many ways to enjoy them.
The Juici Patties brand has been re-launched in the UK following extensive research by Juici Patties Director of Operations Daniel Chin, whose father Jukie Chin set up the business with an abundance of passion, all his savings and a small loan from his mother. Daniel wanted to ensure the same great taste is available for UK customers, and today you can try a mouth-watering slice of the family recipe in selected Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda stores in London and across the UK.
5 amazing Jamaican patty combos you have to try
For foodies that are new to the Jamaican patty craze, we’ve listed some of the most popular ways you can enjoy an appetizing Juici patty for yourself, or to share with family and friends.
1. Patty and coco bread
A pairing that Juici Patties calls ‘the juiciest love story’ – this perfect combo is the go-to way to eat your patty across many restaurants and cafes across Jamaica. You’ll notice your patty fits nice and snug inside a slice of fluffy coco bread – evoking a tasty and crisp flavour for your taste buds.
2. Patty and roti
This South Asian and Jamaican food combo isn’t as popular as coco bread but it’s tasty nonetheless. Roti is an Indian flatbread that has been popularised in Jamaica – it allows the central fillings of the patty to be complemented by its smooth, plain taste.
3. With cheese
Cheese lovers unite and get ready to enjoy a great blend of flavour with this winning combination. Patty and cheese is another popular pairing on the Island – the sharp taste of a few slices of cheddar can contrast well with the rich spices of the Jamaican snack food.
4. With salad
You can give your Juici patty a healthy spin by adding some leafy greens like lettuce or spinach to your plate. With ripe cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and cucumber added into the mix you’ll have a scrumptious salad and patty meal deal in no time.
5. With a pint of orange juice
Why complicate things when you can keep it simple by enjoying your mouth-watering Juici patty with a tall glass of your favourite drink? Orange juice is the beverage of choice for many Jamaicans and works great to wash down the rich flavours of the patty well due to its sweet taste.
The rich history of Jamaican food
There’s a lively Jamaican food scene across London and the UK.
Travel down to areas like Brixton or Tottenham and you’ll find fish and jerk chicken takeaways, restaurants with island-inspired menus, and bars serving spiced cocktail and rum along with comfort food favourites.
Many Jamaicans migrated to the UK between the late 1940s and the early 1970s, helping to fill post-war labour shortages. They brought with them generations of flavoursome family recipes and cooking methods, most of which are still used in household cooking today.
Since the Caribbean is a multi-cultural hotspot and has been inhabited by people from all over the world, Jamaican cooking has strong influences from other countries such as Portugal, China, India and Spain.
The staple ingredients of most Jamaican food are succulent meat chunks, ripe vegetables and a good handful of seasoning – that’s how dishes such as curry mutton, pepper pot soup and brown stew chicken are made.
It’s also one of the reasons why Jamaican patties are such a hit with food lovers – combining authentic Caribbean flavours with simplicity in a filling pastry snack that you can eat anywhere on the go, or even at home.
Made with chopped vegetables such as onions, garlic and chilli, slowly simmered and seasoned with turmeric and scotch bonnet peppers, the patties contain the essential base for any culinary dish from the Caribbean. And their golden flaky shells make them perfect to take with you anywhere – the perfect culinary marriage of convenience and great taste.
The Juici Patties international presence
The Juici Patties head manufacturing plant is based at Clarendon Park, Jamaica.
Although Juici Patties began as a small family business in May Pen, the brand now has grown to establish 62 restaurants in all 14 Parishes across Jamaica.
Juici Patties exports to nine countries in the wider Caribbean region, including Saint Lucia, Dominica, Saint Kitts Cayman Islands, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua, St Maarten and the Turks and Caicos.
Juici Patties employs roughly 800 team members in Jamaica, and around a total of 1,200 when franchise-based teams are also counted.
The brand prides itself on using local produce and its impressive manufacturing efficiency – which has been made possible thanks to collaboration between international and Jamaican machine companies.
Juici Patties hopes to continue its expansion into new and foreign markets in the future, into countries that wish to expand their food markets and welcome the rich culture and taste of Jamaican products.