A Fijian Feast!

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A Fijian Feast!

A Fijian Feast!

Miti coconut sauce

When M invited us over for a Fijian feast cooked by her boyfriend Semi, we were excited. There are no real Fijian restaurants in Sydney although there are plenty of Fijian markets and stores.

A Fijian Feast!

_Steamed whole fish

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We're served delicious Ika (fish) , steamed whole and accompanied with spoonfuls of the Miti sauce (coconut milk or cream with onions, tomato and coriander). And boys being boys, S and In bags the eyeballs.

A Fijian Feast!

Smoked fish

There's also Smoked fish where a fillet of smoked fish is covered with coconut milk and topped with sliced tomatoes, cabbage and onions and baked in the oven.

A Fijian Feast!

Smoked fish

A Fijian Feast!

Taro root-a dinner staple

No Fijian dinner is complete without Dalo (the taro root) steamed and sliced into pieces like bread, a staple at dinner.

A Fijian Feast!

Rou Rou: sauteed taro leaves

The Rou Rou are the coconut sauteed taro leaves which you can purchase here in a tin which are sauteed spinach like when cooked. Yes you are sensing right, coconut is most certainly a dominant theme.

A Fijian Feast!

Vakalavalava: Cassava Pudding

For dessert there is Vakalavalava which is a baked cassava pudding. Semi was able to buy some fresh Cassava from Flemington markets but frozen will do too and can be bought at Phillipino supermarkets where they call it Manioc. It's a rich, dense pudding coated in sweetened evaporated milk and just perfect with Honey Butterscotch ice cream.

A Fijian Feast!

M also told me about trying Vudi (pronounced Voondi), a fat Fijian banana that tastes so good that it resembles banana ice cream. However it comes with a word of warning, after trying this her sons S and In won't eat normal bananas after trying the  ice cream flavoured banana. Logical really, but frustrating no doubt.

Vakalavalava

A Fijian Feast!

  • 4 cups grated cassava
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • sweetened evaporated milk to top

Step 1 - Mix the first 3 ingredients in a bowl and then press into a small, oiled baking tin (18x18cms)

Step 2 - Bake in a preheated oven at 180c for 20 or so minutes until firm.

Step 3 - Cool and cut into small slices (it is rich!) drizzle with sweetened evaporated milk

Step 4 - Serve with Butterscotch or vanilla ice cream

A Fijian Feast!