The Cuisine Of French Polynesia

The Cuisine Of French Polynesia

Tahiti or​ French Polynesian food is​ known throughout the​ world because of​ its exotic fruits, fresh fish and​ vegetables which are prepared with a​ strong French influence underlying the​ Tahitian ingredients. Restaurants in​ French Polynesia are from a​ wide variety of​ backgrounds including and​ inevitably French and​ Tahitian, but also Chinese, Vietnamese, and​ Italian.

The sauces served in​ these restaurants often features sauces which contain home grown vanilla beans

However to​ taste the​ absolutely genuine Tahiti Food you need to​ find a​ way of​ sampling the​ Ahima’a otherwise known at​ Tahiti’s underground oven. it​ is​ usually prepared on a​ Sunday morning, or​ for​ a​ special celebration.

Firstly the​ oven is​ preheated with a​ wood fire, then the​ wood is​ placed in​ levels one on top of​ the​ other all criss-crossed. the​ porous volcanic rock is​ scattered over the​ wood until it​ is​ completely covered.. When the​ fire goes out, the​ rocks are leveled and​ the​ food placed on top wrapped in​ woven baskets of​ coconut leaves. Fish, pork, chicken and​ vegetables are prepared in​ this way. Banana leaves are then laid over the​ top, plus many layers of​ leaves from the​ purao tree to​ cover the​ ahima’a completely. Finally earth is​ shoveled on top so no heat can escape and​ the​ food is​ grilled, braised and​ steamed for​ 3-4 hours. the​ Polynesian food is​ spread out on a​ table cloth of​ palm fronds or​ banana leaves. You will eat with your fingers off traditional wood plates, dipping juicy pieces of​ roast pork, fish, breadfruit, taro, and​ other goodies in​ coconut cream sauce.
The celebrations are normally concluded with Polynesian dancing.

Other things to​ look out for​ are as​ follows.

Poisson cru (ia ota) which is​ the​ national dish of​ Tahiti and​ Her Islands. This quite divine snack consists of​ raw fish and​ diced vegetables marinated with lime juice and​ soaked in​ coconut milk.

Chevrettes are another popular Tahitian dish, and​ they are tasty freshwater shrimp

No amura’a (meal) is​ complete without a​ rich dessert inspired by the​ islands.
The ultimate Tahitian dessert is​ Poe, a​ sweet pudding made of​ taro root flavored with banana, vanilla, papaya or​ pumpkin and​ topped with a​ rich coconut-milk sauce.

Stop by the​ roulettes or​ rolling restaurants, are colourful, electrically lit vans that offer the​ best inexpensive dining in​ Papeete. Both locals and​ visitors can dine on a​ variety of​ dishes from roast pork and​ pizzas to​ chow mein and​ flaming crêpes.

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