Good eating – Christmas food in Fiji
Fijians love their food and Christmas food in Fiji is extra special. From ground-roasted lovo to freshly fried cassava chips and dalo, the Christmas feast is delicious and healthy.
Although Fiji has a multicultural mix of religious faiths, Christmas is celebrated and enjoyed by all. It’s a time to get together with family, have some laughs and most importantly – eat!
Here are some of the main dishes.
This is the main event. Lovo is a traditional roast and a hugely popular Christmas food in Fiji. Lovo is basically an underground oven. First of all, you dig a hole then fill it with rocks and cover them with leaves. Next is lighting a fire and when the rocks heat up, it’s time to throw in the meat.
What meat? Whatever takes your fancy! Beef, pork, chicken, lamb – all good to go. It’s not just restricted to meat, though. Vegetables such as traditional dalo are extra good when roasted lovo-style.
Another traditional classic. Kokoda is not just a taste sensation, but ridiculously healthy. Double points!
It’s not unlike ceviche, but with a hint of Fiji. Think fresh fish, salad, spices and coconut. Fijian kokoda typically consists of a locally-caught fish such as mackerel or tuna. It’s marinated in lime, and thrown together with fresh vegetables such as onion, tomato, cucumber and peppers. The finishing touch comes with a coconut milk sauce, also known as miti.
This exquisite dish should feature on any menu geared towards Christmas food in Fiji.
Fish and more fish
When you’re surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it would be silly not to add some fish dishes to your Christmas list. Fiji is renowned for it’s world-class fish and they certainly don’t hold back at Christmas.
Everything from snapper, albacore tuna and dolphin fish features prominently. And if you’re going to eat some freshly caught fish, then you might as well go all the way and add some cassava chips. Not just any old chips, cassava chips are from the cassava root that grows throughout Fiji. Just chop up the root, deep fry it in vegetable oil and you’ll have people queuing for miles to get a taste.
As with pretty much all Fijian dishes, tasty and healthy.
Let’s face it, Christmas is all about stuffing yourself. If there’s still room in the stomach, why not tuck into some of the more popular desserts?
Fiji honey cake is one of the favorites. It’s a kind of moist loaf, that includes Fijian honey, ginger, cinnamon and a sprinkling of almonds. Best of all, it’s good to go long after Christmas has finished.
Fruitcakes are another great addition to your Christmas food in Fiji list. Ginger is one of Fiji’s prime exports and any decent fruitcake will have plenty of the local ginger. Add some coconut cream, mixed fruit and Fijian brown sugar and you have yourself a winner.
Fill your glasses
Fijian people love to live, so festive drinks get a big thumbs up. Pretty much anything goes, although beers, wine and local rum feature heavily. For a country with such a significant sugar industry, it only makes sense to produce some of the world’s best dark rums.
Kava is another go-to, although a common misconception is it’s an alcoholic drink. Kava is more of a relaxant-type drink. If you really want to kick up your heels in the Fiji festive season then it’s rum or cocktail time!
Fijian food is some of the world’s freshest and healthiest. Locally produced meat, fish and vegetables means plenty of nutrition and plenty of taste.
The only difference in late December is – there’s a lot more of it.
From all the team at FijiDream, thank you for your support. We wish you and your loved ones a great holiday and a fantastic 2023.
Bula Vinaka folks!