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Locals had been improving their recipes from island plants, seafood and games for many centuries. Interaction with Europe and Asia influenced the local cuisine and diversified it with French, Italian and Chinese dishes which are also cooked on Manihi in modern days. Moreover, continuous communication with French culture has also changed locals’ attitude to food. Presently, there are lots of virtuoso cooks who skillfully play with diverse combinations and believe that nice presentation is as important as taste. There are dozens of cafes in touristic points which serve traditional European dishes.
If you’ve decided to travel to Manihi together with your children, you should be very careful about choosing a hotel. The island is quite small and sparsely populated, that explains … Open
The best way to start your acquaintance with Polynesian dishes is to be invited home to one of the local inhabitants. Restaurants are mostly tourists-oriented, so not all the traditional peculiarities of the cuisine are considered there. The majority of Manihi’s population eat breadfruit or breadfruit cheeps and cassava, which is quite exotic for a casual European. People usually start their meals with snacks, however, sometimes these can be the only dish, for breakfast, for example.
Ota ika is vegetables with raw tune sliced in cubes marinated in lime juice and coconut. It’s significant to remember that many traditional Polynesian dishes are cooked with raw fish. It’s normally eaten with lime or lemon juice. Still, those with a weak stomach would probably not appreciate trying it. As for snacks, people here prefer standard sandwiches borrowed from Europe. They usually take tune, ham, tomatoes, cucumbers or onions for their sandwiches. Copyright
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You should definitely try tamara'a. It’s not just one dish with a particular recipe but a whole group of unique dishes. They all are united by one cooking process – the dishes should be put in ahima'a (underground oven). Ahima'a is a deepening in the ground with hot stones in it. It’s extremely easy to cook food there. You put pieces of meat, fish, seafood or vegetables in a row alternating with banana leaves. Then the sort of layered «cake» is covered with stones and left for about three hours. And by the end of that time, tamara'a is ready. Traditionally, one eats the dish just with hands. So, a person takes a good piece and puts it into special coconut sauce. People generally cook it for big celebrations.
Manihi Those who adore fish should definitely like the island. You can order a mackerel marinated in coconut milk, a grilled parrotfish or a baked barracuda. Tuna is especially tasty when it’s cooked by local chefs. One more fascinating meal is fafaru – a fish marinated in seawater. Stewed shrimps, baked octopus and grilled sea urchin are worth trying.
It's hard to call Manihi a densely populated territory. The last census showed that just about 800 people inhabit the island, and the main activity here is still fishing just like it was … Open
Shish kabob can be cooked from fish or meat, usually, cooks take pork. Don’t miss trying a suckling pig or curry pork with taro. Casual steaks are also highly popular around the local population. Cassava with stewed chicken, coconut curry and mango chutney are rather peculiar dishes too. It’s an interesting fact that simply boiled taro is just eaten as a separate dish. A papaya salad with smoked breadfruit tastes really nice.
Manihi Poi is a dessert from taro with vanilla and pumpkin or bananas. It’s served with pretty greasy coconut cream. Locals especially like diverse sweet pies, like ones with coconut, guava, bananas or pineapples. Bananas can be fried, baked, mixed with other fruits and vegetables and served in different variations. As for drinks, take a fresh-squeezed juice or coconut water. Vines – whether local or French ones – are highly popular here. Various cocktails with tropical juices, rum or vodka. Hinano is a local kind of beer is actually tasty. In addition, alcohol from all around the world is brought to the island in great quantities.
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National cuisine of French Polynesia

Residents of French Polynesia often eat breadfruit, cassava, pork, bread, and seafood. Chicken meat is eaten less frequently. On holidays as well as once every week, food is cooked in many homes on a special stove using volcanic stones heated by fire. Banana leaves are placed on top of the food, and then everything is covered with several layers of earth for about three hours. The food prepared in this way is eaten with hands, dipping piece by piece into coconut sauce. Often on the islands, people often eat snacks. “La Ota” prepared from diced vegetables and raw fish, soaked in coconut milk and lime marinade, as well as a sandwich with tuna, ham, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers are some popular dishes. … Open
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