Traditional Food in New Zealand

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The traditional food in New Zealand is simple but delicious.

It plays a big role in Māori traditions and bringing a “plate to share” to a party is a common thing for all New Zealanders.

With its Asian, European, and Polynesian heritage, New Zealand has filling mains and delightful desserts.

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Traditional Food in New Zealand

1. Lolly Cake

This cake uses candy as it’s highlight ingredient.

They chop confectionary into a base mixture of biscuits, butter, and condensed milk and roll it into a log before covering it in coconut.

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2. Green-Lipped Mussel

The green-lipped mussel is popular as a chowder in restaurants all over New Zealand.

They are best when cooked immediately after being caught.

3. Roast Lamb

If there is one thing New Zealand is famous for, it is sheep, and therefore lamb.

Traditional roast lamb is a favorite throughout the country.

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4. Whitebait Fritter

To preserve the flavor of New Zealand whitebait, the like to cook it as a fritter.

They mix The whitebait into a flour and egg batter. They then quick-fry it on both sides.

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5. Kiwi Burger

This is a McDonald’s burger only sold in New Zealand.

It is a beef patty, egg, beetroot, tomato, lettuce, cheese, onions, mustard, and tomato sauce on a toasted bun.

It is very similar to the Aussie burger sold in Mcdonalds in Australia.

6. Pavlova

Pavlova is a meringue cake with a light filling and crispy crust. They often decorate it with whipped cream and summer fruits.

There is contesting about its origin, but it is popular in New Zealand and Australia alike.

7. Hokey Pokey

Hokey pokey is vanilla ice-cream with small lumps of honeycomb toffee. It is the 2nd most popular ice-cream flavor in the country, the first being plain vanilla.

8. Jaffas

Jaffas are round balls of chocolate with a crispy red shell. The name comes from the Jaffa orange since the candy shell is an orange flavor.

During the Cadbury Chocolate carnival, they roll tens of thousands of Jaffas down the world’s steepest residential street (Baldwin Street) in Dunedin, New Zealand.

9. Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is honey from bees that pollinate the Manuka bush which is native in New Zealand.

Some consider Manuka honey to have healing properties, more so than other types of honey.

10. Lemon & Paeroa (L&P)

L&P is a soft drink originating in New Zealand. Although not well-known in other parts of the world, you can find it in specific places in Australia and the UK.

Originally it was lemon juice with carbonated water.

Now days Coca-Cola manufactures it so there is a tonne of other ingredients.

Too bad 🙁 .

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With its massive coastline and abundance of sheep you can understand why seafood and lamb are a steady part of the Kiwi diet. There is also an abundance of bakeries and butchers that other countries have long lost due to supermarket chains. So if you like fresh meat and delicious pasties, you’ll love dining in New Zealand.

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