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This week we visit:Fiji
When visiting a country, it is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the national dishes of your future destination. You will want to try out some of the local food and knowing a bit about it beforehand will prevent ordering dishes made from something you do not consider food in the first place. Today, we will be looking at all the delicious dishes that are popular in Fiji and that you should definitely try while visiting.
As you may expect from a cuisine of a country that is basically an archipelago of sorts, fish is the basis of most Fijian cuisine. One of the most delicious fish-based dishes you will taste in your life is Kokoda. To prepare this dish, fresh white fish is marinated in lime, onions, tomatoes and coconut cream. The acid actually cooks the fish which is not treated with heat. The coconut is there to provide the creaminess. One warning though – Kokoda can be quite spicy in Fiji.
If you are more of a meat person, you should definitely go for Lovo, a very special dish which is cooked in the ground. To prepare it, pieces of meat are wrapped in taro leaves, together with root veggies that are very popular in Fiji, such as taro and cassava. Then, these “packages” are placed on top of heated rocks in shallow pits. They are then covered with earth and left to cook for hours. It is just mouth-watering.
There are also a few traditional Fijian ingredients that can be cooked in a variety of ways and which are almost always super tasty. For one, there is the duruka, a vegetable that is often called Fijian Asparagus and which is usually cooked in coconut milk. They also put it in curries. Name is a type of seaweed and one of the most delicious in the world. It is sometimes eaten as a salad, although it can also be cooked in coconut milk. Of course, there is also the taro which resembles potato in the way it can be prepared and used. It is a true staple of Fijian cuisine and you will most likely try it while you are there, whether you like it or not.