Trinidad’s doubles vendors warn that the price of doubles may well be going up in the next week. Doubles is a common street food normally eaten during breakfast but is also eaten as lunch or as a late snack and is popular hangover food for Trinidadians. Doubles are made with two baras and filled with curry channa and various chutneys.
The warning comes in the wake of their complaints that prices for the basic ingredients for T&T’s favourite street food, have shot up in the last two months.
Popular Couva doubles vendor, Shayam Mohammed, said that the last two months have been disastrous for the industry, as the country was under stay-at-home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic. He said many people involved in the doubles making process remained out of work and are yet to get any unemployment grant.
Mohammed said returning to serve the public would be difficult, since mobile doubles vendors, who operate out of the back of a van, may have to get their vehicles repaired and mechanics and tyre shops have been closed. He said some vendors have expired insurance and are not able to operate.
Ingredients such as split peas, channa and flour have seen their prices escalate, and it would be difficult for vendors who retail doubles at $4 (50 Cayman cents) to remain in business.