Food in Fiji
If you’re going to Fiji on your gap year I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the food there. With more fresh fish than you know what to do with and coconuts aplenty, there are some tasty feasts to be had.
Small cafes and restaurants are dotted around all the islands and some of the high-end resorts have fantastic dining facilities. If you’re eating out, food is cheap and there’s a lot to choose from.
For any Brits wanting a taste of home the fish and chips are usually a safe bet and are widely available all around Fiji. Many cafes serve Chinese food of some sort along with Indian and sometimes Fiji-style fish , lamb, or pork dishes. Indian food in Fiji is also a tasty treat to try.
Local delicacies in Fiji
Local delicacies include fresh tropical fruits (they can be found at the farmer’s market in any town when in season), paulsami (baked taro leaves marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk often with some meat or fish filling and a bit of onion or garlic), kokoda (fish or other seafood marinated in lemon and coconut milk), and anything cooked in a lovo or pit oven.
Vutu is a local variety of nut mainly grown on the island of Beqa, but also available in Suva and other towns around January and February. A great deal of food is cooked in coconut milk; take note that everyone reacts different to increased fat levels in their diet (this means you could be shitting like a trooper).
A customary dish in Fiji includes a starch, relishes and drink. Starches common in Fijian meals include taro, yams, sweet potatoes, or manioc but can include breadfruit, bananas, and nuts. The relishes include meat, fish, seafood, and vegetables.