THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Mannish Water – A Goat Head Soup!

By Albert Trotman | Trotfilms

Mannish water is a  goat head soup popular in Jamaica.  It is a favorite party soup to serve at weddings, the funeral after party and gatherings where there is some drinking taking place.  Some say it straightens you out for the drive home after the drinks.  Some men believe the soup gives them extra stamina in the bedroom.  Since I don’t kiss and tell, you will have to try this soup for yourself…

Despite what you want to believe about the soup, making it takes close to 3 hours in total.  Most of that time is used to boil the chopped up goat head until the meat is tender.  The last thirty minutes is for the various vegetables to cook.  Other parts of the goat like the hoofs can also be used.  Since I have never had this soup before and with nothing to compare it to, I can only say I liked it.  The goat was tender with a soft slightly gummy texture.  The flavor of the meat came through in the broth, over-flavoring with spices would defeat the true flavor of the soup.  My next move is to have (Mannish water) made by an expert so I can tell how well I really did with mine.

Feel free to share your thoughts and goat head soup recipes in the comment section.



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