Kokoda is the Fijian traditional fish dish that is available on almost every menu, everywhere. Kokoda is a raw fish salad. The fish is ‘cooked’ and marinated by lemon juice for several hours, before being served in coconut milk with fresh, crisp salad vegetables such as tomatoes, capsicum and onion. When my mum visited Fiji she ate Kokoda on 4 out of 7 days, so you can assume it’s good.
A lovo is a traditional Fijian way of cooking where food is cooked in the ground for several hours. The food is cooked slowly and well so when you finally get to consume it, it will melt in your mouth.
3. Fresh Fruit
Fruit in the markets comes straight from local farms. It’s fresh and delicious. If you’re having a drink in a restaurant, you should definitely try the smoothies because the fresh fruit makes them taste incredible.
4. Fijian Indian Curry
There is a prominent Indian community living in Fiji, which means there are plenty of curries to try. Indo-Fijian curries differ from Indian curries because these curries have evolved using the more available and local produce in Fiji.
5. Coconut drink
You’re in Fiji! Drink from a coconut!
6. Pineapple lollipops
How cool is this! It’s really just half a pineapple cut into a fancy shape, but I am happy to accept any pineapple I don’t have to cut up myself. It’s mouth-wateringly fresh and available on the roadside for $1.
7. Taro chips and cassava
Taro is a widely available vegetable here. It’s similar to Potato and often used on the sides of dishes as chips.
8. Eat Seafood
So we’ve already talked about Kokoda, but it’s really not enough. This a country that lives of it’s fishing industry. They know how to cook seafood. You can sample it in a range of formats at the local restaurants or you can head to the local fish market and cook it at home yourself.
A drink made from the root of a local crop, designed to make you relax. It’s a traditional drink that is often shared with tourists in ceremonies. It is technically a drug so drink in moderation.
10. Dried pawpaw
A chaser to nibble on after Kava. It’s not brilliant, but you’re in Fiji – so experience Fiji!