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I travel to eat and I eat to travel. Nothing goes together better than food and travel. Even if you adventure and travel you end up starved so eating again enters the scene. Tahiti is a year-round destination.
With year round destinations, there’s year round foodie finds! The cuisine of French Polynesia is well known for some dominant flavors. Further, incredible ingredients that include seafood, vanilla, coconut and fresh and exotic fruits and veggies.
If you’re a planning a trip to Tahiti or are already there, don’t miss out on your chance to sample some delicious local cuisine and experience the best of Tahiti through cuisine. Her are 8 Foodie fantastic eats to try when you are in Tahiti.
8 Foodie Fantastic Eats To Try When You Are Traveling Around Tahiti
Where To Find The Best Eat
Half of enjoying delectable island delights is knowing where the goods are! Here’s a tip, though it’s more about feasting! Who doesn’t love a good feast? Since we all do, there’s no shame in seeking out a Tahitian Feast (also referred to as Tamaara) while you are in Tahiti. What do you do at a Tahitian Feast? I think of it more like a luau in my opinion.
Tables are very decorated with plants, fruits, flowers to accentuate the lovely surroundings. What you won’t find at a Tamaarra is silverware. When you are at these Tahitian Feasts, you will enjoy dancing, singing and celebration to celebrate the culture.
The shows you enjoy, like I said are like a luaus as the costumes are brilliant. Trust me, you are going to want to learn how to swing your hips!
IF you are seeking a very authentic moment, you have found it. From crown leis for your heads to Here you will experience the best of in authentic local dishes. Local dishes include: roasted pork and chicken and multiple types of fishes.
Expect raw fish, cooked fish, marinated clams, and food served in traditional wood bowls. Drinks will range from punch to coconut milk.
Mangoes In Wine With Vanilla
Some of the biggest tastes are delivered in the most simple foods. When a mango is removed from its skin, and the seed taken out it provides a new option. You will be enjoying mango that has been baked or poached either way), covered with wine and vanilla. It’s a treasure chest of savoriness.
Tahitian pork is served atop a bed of shredded cabbage. It is savory and flavored by pineapple. Browned pork cubes are mixed with pineapple juice and brown sugar as well as soy sauce. Fresh pineapple chunks add even more juiciness and it’s just a whole plate of flavor bursting with mouthwatering temptation.
Poulet Fafa can be another great dish to try, especially if you’re not a big fan of seafood. Rather than seafood, this dish uses chicken and taro leaves. If you want to recreate it America simply use spinach instead of Taro.
Taro is also known as “Polynesian spinach.” Here’s the thing, the prep on a fafa (which is the leaf of the Taro) takes a while. The fafa irritates the mouth and tongue if it is not cooked ahead. It has to be washed, rinsed, drained, chopped, salted and added to boiling water that then simmers. After, this prep it won’t irritate the mouth, throat or tongue.
The dish is created using chicken, coconut cream and taro leaves and is cooked in the traditional Tahitian way- in an ahima’a. Some onions, spinach, garlic and spices add that punch of flavor to this creamy dish!
If you’ve got a strong stomach and don’t miss out on a chance to taste out-of-the-box foods, Fafaru is a must try! For the best way to describe this, I say, dig deep in your worst nightmare of smell and stench and then, you got what you are about to chow down on.
It is made using fish that is marinated in fermented seawater, are you getting the idea here? It is super tender, and melt-in-the-mouth soft. Sometimes, the fish is also topped with chopped shrimps.
There’s a complexity of flavors and you will find this as a staple (albeit prepared differently) all across the Tahitian Islands.
Take shrimp, combine it with vanilla (what Tahiti is known for) and suddenly you have the knock your flip flops off kind of tasting experience. Chevreffes are commonly served as an entree in Tahiti, and are composed of freshwater shrimps, usually served in the form of a curry.
Love doughnuts? These are Tahitian Coconut Donuts, and they are to DIE For. Give Firi Firi a try when you’re here. They are nothing like your regular doughnuts– they are shaped into 8’s or they can be in the form of a stick. No matter what shape or size EAT them. Try dunking them into your coffee, latte, or enjoy with a tall glass of coconut water.
These are the most popular. In fact you’ll find this at most cafes and restaurants and even some food trucks!
Poisson Cru is one of the most popular dishes in Tahiti. Calling all seafood lovers. You definitely don’t want to miss out on tasting this one! It is basically raw fish which is marinated with lots of lime juice and then soaked in coconut milk, which makes it melt-in-the-mouth delicious and soft!
Snapper or Yellow Tail fish compliment this recipe best, but there are other variations. Fish is diced with diced tomatoes and coated with lime juice and coconut milk, The juices are drained before being served. It is mixed with fresh diced greens (shredded lettuce) and bread. YUM.
Get ready for sweet and tasty, chilled and tropical. You are about to indulge in POE. It’s basically fruits and roots pounded into a pulp. Then that is baked and topped off with coconut cream, it’s just so tropical and luscious. What better way to put an end to a wonderful day in Tahiti on a sweet note than to gorge on some delicious local Poe?
Now you know what the 8 Foodie Fantastic Eats To Try When You Are In Tahiti which sounds most exciting to you? ~ Dana XO