Cuisine of Fiji is based on 4 main ingredients: these include coconuts, seafood, tubers (yams, cassava, taro), vegetables.
National cuisine of Fiji
It is worth noting that in Fiji cookin several ways: the most familiar to the Europeans - continental, and more exotic food is prepared according to Indian recipes with a lot of spices. In addition, the stands and the Asiatic mode, implying cooking in accordance with Japanese, Chinese and Korean culinary traditions.
The local cuisine, there are meat dishes(Goat, venison, lamb) with curry, all kinds of seafood, roasted on coals, pancakes made of rice and wheat with coconut sauce, taro leaves, preparing in coconut milk, puddings cassava. Those who wish to try something exotic to try to offer "Bulolo" - fried and dressed with spices small marine worms.
Popular dishes from Fiji
- "Row Row" (salad with taro, more precisely, with its leaves - it is usually served as a complement to the fish);
- "Kakonda" (a dish of fish marinated in lime juice);
- "Lovo" (a dish with fish or meat and local vegetables being prepared in earthen ovens);
- "Cassava" (a dish of mashed bananas and tapioca with coconut milk);
- "Duruka" (a dish of boiled vegetables, like asparagus).
Where to try the national cuisine?
As local food traditionssuperseded by the Japanese, Chinese, Latin American cuisine, then, if your goal - to try traditional Fijian cuisine, it is advisable to go for a visit to one of the locals or remote islands. Nevertheless, to satisfy hunger can be in Suva in "Ashiyana" (in the menu you will find local food with an Indian accent - if you want you can order dishes with mild spices) or "Eden Bistro & Bar" (restaurant lovers and meat dishes seafood) and Nadi - in "The New Nadi Farmers Club" (here the guests are treated to seafood and international cuisine, as well as partying here). Note: instead of tips in local schools is customary to leave a souvenir, but otherwise things are going in the Indian and large restaurants in tourist areas, where it is advisable to leave a tip of 5-10% of the bill (in the cafe is to leave a tip is not accepted).
Cooking classes in Fiji
Sometimes local restaurants are arrangedcooking classes, where you can attend, but you are kindly requested to ask their schedule. If you are interested in home cooking, accept the invitation of a local resident to come to his house - it will reveal to you the secrets of Fijian specialties and will treat you with local dishes.
The trip to Fiji can be synchronized with the Sugar Festival (Lautoka, September).