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Chiktay / Herring Salad for Drinkers Recipe

Chiktay / Herring Salad for Drinkers

Blondine Herard, memb Atis Rezistans, te vin nan Radyo Shak pou seri reset yo. Li te bay nou yon reset pou Chiktay avek aranso, yon bagay k li di sot kilti Ayisyen k yo konn prepare pou tou fanatic kap bwe alkol pandan yo ap distre yo.

Blondine Herard is a young artist from the Grand Rue. She stopped into the Radyo Shak and gave us her recipe for Chiktay, often seen on Haitian menus as Chicktaille, a kind of shredded fish salad somewhat related to Jamaica’s escovitch fish, but made with dried, smoked herring or salt cod.

Please note: This program is conducted entirely in Kreyol.
What is Chiktay? What does it have in it?

Chiktay is a thing from Haitian culture, it’s made with herring, and then we mix it with some other ingredients. We usually make it when people are having fun, drinking. When they drink a lot, then they feel like they want to eat a little Chiktay, to bring the alcohol level down a bit.

Ingredients for Blondine Herard’s Chiktay:

Bell Peppers
Scotch Bonnet Pepper
Vegetable oil
Barbancourt® Rum (3-star)
Maggi® Seasoning Cube

So, the first thing we do when we’re going to make Chiktay is we go to the market, we buy herring, onions, sweet and hot peppers, and oil. Then, when we get home… oh, we have to buy lemon, too. The first thing we do is we put the herring to soak, to get rid of the salt. Once it has soaked, you take the skin off of it, and then you pound it in a mortar, and then you taste it and if it still has a lot of salt you add a bit more water, and then strain it in a strainer so there will be no salty water left at all. Then you put it in a bowl. Then you pour your rum over it and put that to one side. Peel your onions, chop them really really small; chop your peppers really really small, and then you heat up your oil in a pot. If you have a stove you can use a stove, but for people who don’t have one, you can use charcoal, but you have to cook the oil, for your stomach. Then you put your herring in there until it’s well cooked, and then you put in your onions and then your peppers, so that they can cook together. Then we put in shallots, and then a little tiny quarter of a Maggi, just a bit, so it can add a bit of taste. In Haitian cuisine you have people who use Maggi “Creolito”, some people use Cal-Knorr, others use Maggi Don Pollo, usually at my house I use Maggi Cal-Knorr, because it’s less salty.

And then it’s finished. You take it off the heat and let it cool down and then you distribute it to all the alcoholics!


Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak


Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale lakou 2015. Based in a shack in the Grand Rue Atis-Resistans compound of Port-au-Prince, Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak broadcast Haiti's biennale happenings, from December 10-21, 2015. Radyo Shak Program Director Richard Fleming and Radyo Shak Project Director Jake Nussbaum hosted freeform radio in the bidonville, including Rara bands, interviews with locals, artists and writers, project updates, and Haitian revolutionary history over FM radio, Internet radio, and analog broadcast amplified through speakers and PA. The Kreyòl language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyòl) In addition to the recordings archived here that were collected onsite during the biennale, Clocktower's Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak series includes additional material gathered from Haitian musicians, DJ sets, record labels, expats, artists, and more, to give our listeners a complete audio landscape of Haiti in the world today.

Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyol)


Radyo Shak se vwa lakou Geto Byenal 2015 lan. Nan yon ti shak sou la Gran Ri kote Atis Rezistans, Radyo Shak te difuze tout sa kap fet pandan Byenal lan ant Desamb 10 jiske 21. Direkte Pwogram yo, Richard Fleming, avek Direkte Pwoje sa-a, Jake Nussbaum te animate tout kalite radyo nan zon sa-a, tan kou anrejistreman misisyen rara yo, iantevu avek moun nan zon nan, atis, ekrivan, infomasyon sou tout pwoje yo, histwa revolusyone d’Ayiti, tout emete sou radyo antenet, FM 89.1 epi sou baff nan zon lan. The English language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak