is fresh and delicious!
Samoan food and traditional cuisine is based on taro, coconuts, breadfruit ......which you see dripping from the trees, coconuts, bananas, fish, pork and chicken.
- Palusami – coconut cream baked in taro leaves, served with taro is not good for the waist line.....but delicious!
- Oka.......raw fish marinated in lime juice with onion, coconut cream, chilli and onions is also delicious.
- There is a Chinese influence in many Samoan dishes. But there is a good range of many different ethnic cuisines to be had in the many restaurants – including English, Italian, and Japanese.
Fresh Fruit .............
Enjoying an amazing climate....hot with quite a lot of rain, is conducive to plants growing like weeds, ( you can be eating the fruit of a self seeded papaya in 6 months!) Samoans are able to feed themselves with their own produce.
Many fruits are seasonal however, so unlike other tropical countries you will not necessarily be able to get pineapples or mangoes, which only have two short three week seasons a year.
Bananas and papayas are always available. A squeeze of lime over fresh papaya is delicious! Vi fruit- rather like a crunchy green pear, and oranges and passionfruit are also seasonal.
Also seasonal at times there is not a huge range. Salad veges are grown up in the hills where the cooler climate is more suited.Marrows, long beans,and cabbage are usually available.You will often get coleslaw rather than a salad in restaurants.
Fish is a staple Samoan Food ! The fishing is wonderful and this is the place to indulge if you love seafood.
- Tuna which is also often served as sashimi......raw fish with wasabi and soy sauce
- mahimahi – this is a truly delicious fish
- lobster or crayfish all fresh from the sea
- squid are on most menus.
- Pololo - You may be lucky to try palolo if you are there in October. This is a strange green worm that rises in the sea, at a very certain time for only a few days, and is considered a real delicacy. Usually made into fritters this Samoan food delicacy is delicious.
Most meat is imported these days. Samoans still love their pisoupo – which is canned corned beef. Pork, beef and chicken are on most menus.
Traditional Samoan Food ! Their traditional Samoan food is cooked in an umu – which is an open pit with a layer of stones, under a fire.
Palusami – a traditional dish cooked in the umu is coconut milk wrapped in taro leaves. The result is a custard like coconut milk .....mmmmmmmmm ........delicious! You may only get the opportunity to taste this at a Fiafia (a night when you can have a traditional buffet meal, followed by a display of Samoan singing, dancing including the fire dance etc) Meat and vegetables also have a distinctive flavour when cooked in an umu.
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