The cuisine of Trinidad is influenced by each of the people groups that settled there, but callaloo is one of the most quickly identified national foods. Pelau and macaroni pies are also traditional foods of Trinidad.
Amerindians were the first people group on island nation of Trinidad, which was colonized at various times in its history by the Spanish, French and British, who relied on laborers from Africa, China and India. In addition to these groups, America has also influenced the cuisine of Trinidad. Callaloo, a spicy coconut milk based side dish of African origin, is most often identified as the national dish. Pelau is another popular Creole dish that includes meat, chickpeas and coconut milk. Macaroni pies, roti and doubles are other favorites.