The traditional food of Fiji is a wonderful combination of fresh, local ingredients, found in the tropics and is prepared by using traditional cooking methods which have been passed down to each generation. Fish, taro, coconut, sweet potatoes, rice, breadfruit, and cassava are the main items in local dishes.
Lovo is a Fijian dish prepared for occasions like weddings and festivals. A makeshift underground oven is made by digging a hole into the ground and lining it with coconut husks, which is then lit on fire and is covered by stones. Meat, fish, and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves are then placed on top of the heated stones and cooked for about two and a half hours.
Another one is Kokodo, raw mahi mahi ( a type of fish) marinated in coconut cream, lime, onions, and tomatoes. Coconut cream is an important ingredient in two other Fijian delicacies: Rourou, a dish made of taro leaves, and Tavioka, a baked dish made of tapioca and mashed bananas. Duruka, an unusual asparagus-like vegetable that is seasonal during the months of April and May, is also a popular traditional Fijian dish. The national drink of Fiji is Kava, which was traditionally prepared by virgins, who chewed the root of the pepper plant before mixing it with water, but is now made in a more hygienic fashion: by pounding the root in a wooden bowl.
The Fiji Islands are speckled with restaurants that serve traditional fare. Some noteworthy restaurants for local Fiji cuisine are Rileys Restaurant in Suva, Makuluva Delights on Coast Road in Waiyevo and Bountys Bar in Nadi.
Chinese food is very popular in Fiji as well, and Chinese restaurants can be found in many villages, towns, and cities. Kims Paak Kum Loong Restaurant in Levuku is famous for its Sunday evening buffet, and Chopsticks Restaurant in Nadi is a local, traditional dive that is preferred amongst the local Chinese. And while most Indian restaurants are dry, Chinese restaurants usually serve alcohol.
Victoria Parade in Suva is a street lined with many varied options for food, including international cuisines, such as pizza and steak. Visitors craving continental food will find what theyre looking for at Fijis many resorts and high-end hotels, whose restaurants are usually open to non-guests.
So when in Fiji again, do remember to get your taste buds activated!0