The Top Most Popular Foods That You Must Try in Fiji

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Foods from Fiji is known for their simple style mixed with an exotic taste. In this list, we have tried to cover all the best and favorite foods from this beautiful island, along with their names, relevant information, and the customs associated with them.

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The Top Most Popular Foods That You Must Try in Fiji

Kokoda – Traditional National Food of FijiKokoda Fijian Recipe – Traditional National Food of Fiji

What is it: Kokoda (pronounced ‘ko kon da’), a raw salad dish from the Fiji Island, is a famous cultural food, the primary ingredient of which is raw fish marinated in lime juice. Apart from that, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, coconut cream, and peppers are also added. This healthy dish can be eaten along with main-course lunch or dinner, or just with bread for breakfast. It is a favorite food even at wedding parties, as also different festivals of the island.

The salad has a unique taste since it is both lime-sour, and coconut-sweet, and this is exactly where the special secret of this dish lies. The crispy chopped vegetables go wonderfully well with the tender fish cubes.

Lovo

Fijian Lovo – Wedding & Festival Dish in Underground Furnace

What is it: The word ‘lovo’ literally means ‘a feast cooked in the earth’. This is a bizarre dish that is cooked in a furnace with pork, lamb, fish, vegetables and different local delicacies, all wrapped together in banana leaves. The dish takes several hours to be ready to serve. This is a very, very common wedding dish, and is also prepared during different public gatherings and events including Christmas, and various food festivals. Moreover, it is healthy too, as traditionally, no oil is used to cook it.

What does it taste like: The combined flavors of pork, fish, lamb, along with assorted vegetables is enough to steal your heart once you take the first spoonful. Also, the addition of banana leaves gives a very special smoky flavor to the dish.

Lolo Buns​

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Lolo Buns are Fijian Coconut buns and they taste best hot out of the oven with an iced tea.​ They are semi-sweet and are great for breakfast or as a side to a traditional Fijian dinner. These are similar to a dish in Hawaii called Pani Popo. These bread buns are soaked in coconut milk and served when they’ve become golden brown.

Cassava Cake

Cassava is known as such in Fiji but it is known in other regions as Tapioca or Sago. Kind of similar in consistency to sticky rice you can top this with butter, jam, fresh fruits or whatever you like.​

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Fish Soup​

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Of course the soup is flavored with the ubiquitous ingredient of the Fijian region: coconut milk. It’s also has a tanginess brought about by the addition of lemon and ginger.​ This is a very simple and easy to prepare meal that makes for a great lunch.

Duruka

DurukaSimilar in appearance to asparagus and often known as bush asparagus, duruka is a staple vegetable to the Fijian diet and is commonly served with fish that has been soaked in coconut milk. The edible part of the grass-like plant is the enclosed flower, which needs to be stripped and then boiled. For some of the best authentic Fijian food, Laucala Island has five restaurants and grows as much produce on the island as possible. The island also boasts some of the best views in Fiji with all the restaurants looking out to neighbouring islands, the reef and the glorious Pacific Ocean.

Coconut

CoconutIf you travel to Fiji, be sure to take advantage of the abundance of coconuts. Coconut is heavily relied upon in Fijian cuisine and is also exported, making it a great source of income for the country. All aspects of the coconut can be consumed; the water of the fruit is especially delicious because it is fresh from the tree.

Fijian Roti

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The Top Most Popular Foods That You Must Try in Fiji

Another Indian influence to the flavours of Fiji is roti, which originated from the Indian sub-continent and has been a favourite in Fiji for decades. The flatbread cooked over an iron tava is a side dish to curries, as well as being used as a wrap for a quick cheap eat in curry houses and snack stands in Fiji’s towns and cities.