Now let’s talk about Kiwi food, the first time I set foot here in New Zealand like any other migrant or tourist one of the first questions you will be asking is what are the best traditional Kiwi food items or recipes out there and where will I get them? To my surprise most of the ones I asked did not know what to answer or they had answered “Nothing really, I think the closest one would be savoury pies”, that surprised me a lot as I lived and visited in different South East Asian countries and when I asked that question, it will be an endless conversation or even argument to those people I presented the question with on which is the best dish for them to let me try.
As I stayed longer I started to see some really dishes unique to New Zealand which I guess people I knew are not so adventurous to try or they just really love their meat pies and Chinese takeaways, they totally forgot that there are other wonderful dishes out there. Most of the dishes that I was interested on are those where they combine meats and fruits because from where I came from only young fruits are used for cooking savoury dishes and not the ripe ones. I saw several dishes where they used kiwi, peach, apples and grapes with meats and vegetable and I guess this is what’s unique with New Zealand. Though it may be an improvised menu from another country, I think it is still brilliant mixing fruits and meats, combining the sweet and tangy fruit to a savoury meat, it enhances both flavours bringing the umami out of the dish. Some of these dishes are common in cafes like wraps served with fruit chutneys, steaks served with fruity gravy, green salads with different fruits grilled or fresh and stews or braised meats in fruit based sauce like this recipe which was adapted from a TV ad called “Food in a Minute“.