A call to boycott all fake Soup Joumou out there

This must be stopped and it must be done sooner rather than later. We must keep the integrity of the Haitian Pumpkin Soup, better known as Soup Joumou or Haitian Independence soup. Let me be direct, Haitian Soup Joumou must be made with beef and not chicken. The rich beef and bone marrow, was missing. Call a soup made with Chicken anything you want, but please don't call it Soup Joumou.


I have noticed a recent trend to move to a Soup Joumou made of Chicken and not beef as it is supposed to be. You might say that "Roland Mache Frite Anpil Kay Moun" or " Roland go out a lot to eat in people's houses". I don't care. However, last January, I was invited to eat my Soup Joumou in 5 homes, mainly Haitian friends and family members. I have got to tell you I was disappointed. Three of those houses served me the Soup Joumou made with chicken and not beef. I was so disappointed to the point I almost left without eating the Soup. Reasoning finally wan and I decided to take it home so that I could eat them during the week.

What ever happened to the very distinctive feature of the soup which is the beef that has been rubbed with lime juice or sour oranges and marinated between one and 24 hours before. Soup bones will definitely enhance the flavor of your soup Joumou.

I did not have the courage to tell my friends that a Soup Joumou made of Chicken was not really a Haitian Independence Soup. However, I feel this should be brought in the open so that they will not continue to make the same mistake ant that others would no follow their footsteps by serving friends and families Soup Joumou mede of Chicken. This should not accepted by any Haitian and it should be denounced whenever someone witnesses this flagrant violation. Having Soup Joumou (Pumpkin Soup) with Chicken goes against all standards set or established for the creation of this prestigious soup.

Let me come out and say will all my energy: "Haitian Soup Joumou is made with Beef". Marie-Claire Heureuse, the wife of the revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines's wife, who initiated the Soup Joumou tradition is probably turning in her grave to hear that we are now substituting the beef in the Haitian soup of freedom with chicken.

I think this should be included in the Haitian constitution. Any violation punishable by demanding that the person committing the offence to make Soup Joumou once a Month for the next 12 Months, inviting the entire neighborhood to come and drink the soup, free of charge.

Written by:
Roland Berthold

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Karly says...

I agree.

I couldn't stop laughing you are so

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Gessy Francoeur says...

I agree with you soup joumou tastes better with beef (shin ring) Haitian in New York alsa has a bad habit of makng soup with yellow squash.

This will never replace our joumou or pumpkin or kabocha.

Do I hear an

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Yole says...

I agree 100%
Have Avesis, healthy & prosperous year

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Bill Morse says...

What is your favorite traditional

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