Travel and Food

Published on May 29th, 2018 | by admin

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New Zealand Food You Simply Have to Try

There is a range of drinks, desserts, snacks, and meals that the Kiwis are proud to call their own, and, being a country with about 14 000 kilometres of coastline, it should come as no surprise that seafood plays a big part in their cordon bleu.

Kai, as food is called by the Maoris, has played a huge part of their culture for thousands of years, so be sure and check off tasting a native dish or two while visiting. They may not be as famous for their food as they are for the NZ sports betting that so many Kiwis take part in, but if culinary adventures are your thing, you’ve come to the right place.

Heap a Plate Full of Hangi

Hangi is a traditional Maori dish that involves slow cooking meat and vegetables in an underground oven. While it was the most common cooking method for many years in New Zealand, today a hangi is reserved for more special occasions, partly because it takes up to 24 hours to prepare. Look forward to being sated at hangi meals as you enjoy just one of the interesting parts of the Maori cultural experience.

The Crayfish is Out of This World

Crayfish, also known as lobster, is a New Zealand favourite, thanks to the fact that many fishermen and divers take pride in catching these creatures themselves. At NZ$80 a pop, it may not be the most budget-savvy dish in the country, but it’s definitely worth a try if you can afford it.

Cool Down with Hokey Pokey Ice Cream

Kiwis love Hokey Pokey ice cream, which is served with caramelised honeycomb, over just about everything. Take a break from the standard vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream flavours while you’re in the country, and do the hokey pokey!

Kina, a Delicacy in NZ

Seeing as how much people from this part of the world love seafood, it would be remiss to not include the foodie delight that is Kina. This is the local name for a sort of sea urchin: it has a hard, spiked out shell, and thin, fleshy, edible insides. Seeing as it has been a delicacy in New Zealand for centuries, it’s highly recommended that you give Kina a try before heading home. 

A Kiwi Burger

This dish will either make you think the country’s crazy, or they’re genius!

What sets a Kiwi burger apart from those that almost all of us have enjoyed at least once or twice either American diner style or otherwise, is the fact that they add beetroot and a fried egg along with standard patty, tomato, lettuce, and buns. As weird as it sounds, it’s actually pretty good, so don’t knock it until you’ve had a bite.

Experience the Kiwi Culture

Eating real local food is the best option when you’re travelling, because it’s made up of dishes that have been tried and tested by members of that society for a long time, usually isn’t made up of any processed food, and is safe to eat. What’s more, you will be experiencing a new culture through the taste and texture of their local faire, which will give you far better insight into their culture as a whole.


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