Hangi, hokey pokey and legendary lamb: what to eat in New Zealand

2019-02-05 12:46
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Kiwi barbie

The Kiwi equivalent of a South African braai is something that must be experienced on the island nation. The act of cooking food outdoors is essential an experience in New Zealand as it is in South Africa.

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Maori Hangi

Food that is cooked using the traditional methods employed by the indigenous Maori people. Traditionally, food was wrapped up in leaves (although these days foil is more common) and put in a hole with hot stones at the bottom. The hole is then covered with earth and the food is left to cook for a number of hours. Fish, chicken, pork and lamb, as well as various vegetables, are used and the result is a tender, smoky product.

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Hokey Pokey

Beloved by many a Kiwi, Hokey Pokey is a sweet combination of honeycomb chunks stirred in vanilla ice cream. 

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Paua (the Maori word for abalone)

Essentially, paua is abalone or perlemoen but it is a unique species found only in New Zealand, easily distinguishable by their coloured shells. The texture, when cooked properly, is akin to a slightly more chewy calamari with a distinct flavour.  

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Roast lamb

In a country where there are 10 times more sheep than human beings, it is no surprise that they feature heavily in the Kiwi diet. Slow-baked with rosemary and garlic, enjoy a roast lamb the New Zealand way. 

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