The world is a big, amazing place, with an almost endless number of places to explore. And one thing you can be sure of when exploring new places, is running into delicious food dishes you’re unfamiliar with. What could be better, after all, than introducing your taste buds to something new and divine? Across the world, there are an incredible number of dishes to choose from, so many so that a person could get lost, simply trying to decide what to try. But, if you’re a New Zealander, we have some good news. You need not travel far and wide to try new and amazing dishes, because there happen to be many available right on your doorstep. Maori dishes are incredible, with some even requiring that a person be a little brave in order to try them. But that’s what makes them so fun in the first place.
Here are a few interesting Maori dishes for the adventurous New Zealander.
Given that the Maori have a strong relationship with the ocean, it makes sense that one of the most treasured Maori recipes involves seafood. In this case the Paua, a large, edible snail that can commonly be found on the beaches of New Zealand. Interestingly, the Maori people treasure the Paua, and recognise it as an extremely valuable resource for a number of reasons. Not only is it delicious when cooked, but the shell of the snail is used for arts and crafts. One will often find the shell of the Paua used to represent eyes in Maori carvings.
In terms of being delicious, the Paua is minced, has diced onions added, flour, baking powder, and an egg. Once mixed, the concoction is fried to create a delicious fritter.
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Although having a notoriously difficult to pronounce name, Rewena Paraoa is a delicious Maori bread. It often accompanies other Maori dishes, and is amazingly delicious just with a bit of cheese, or with jam or syrup. It does take a bit of time to prepare, however, so is created in advance for meals.
The recipe for Rewena Paraoa is long and complicated, done in three steps, and involves potatoes, sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, and water. If wanting to personally make Rewena Paraoa it’s recommended to start days before wanting the bread ready. Yes, the process takes days. Although, it need not be said, the result is well worth the effort.
Pork And Puha Maori dishes
A slightly less complicated dish to make, but just as delicious, is pork and Puha. Puha is watercress, for those who need to more easily identify it. Puha is used in what is referred to as a Maori ‘boil up,’ in which a number of vegetables are boiled and added to a pork dish. In this case the vegetables include the already mentioned Puha, tomatoes, onions, and potatoes. Pork is added for meaty goodness.
Pork and Puha is often served with dumplings, otherwise known as doughboys, or even with the already mentioned, Rewena Paraoa. Of all the Maori dishes, Pork and Puha is the most well known and loved, often served at gatherings of family and friends. It need not be mentioned that Pork and Puha can be created to serve a vast number of people, given the needs, and will go a long way when prepared accordingly.
Recipes for all the mentioned dishes are freely available online, and other than Rewena Paraoa, the recipes are easy to follow, and can be prepared relatively quickly. Although locating Paua may be difficult for those not living in New Zealand. What are you keen to try?