The Best of New Zealand’s Food

How is the food in New Zealand? What foods and preparations can we find? What does food taste like in New Zealand? Well, it’s quite fresh and delicious. In spite of being an island, in New Zealand the consumption of fish and shellfish is not as widespread as in other parts of the world. Although, its consumption has always been part of the Maori diet. Hence, most of the names that receive food dishes in New Zealand are of Maori origin, such as tarahiki, a rich white fish, perfect for grilling or stewing.

The Best of New Zealand's Food
The Best of New Zealand’s Food

Meat and fish and Kiwi as typical food in New Zealand

The food in New Zealand includes fish, such as “Fish and Chips“, one of the typical kiwi dishes, very useful when you do not have time to cook, since in each corner of each neighborhood you can find a takeaway store. It is a very economical dish that you can not miss one day a week in any kiwi home. Nevertheless, the food in New Zealand has authentic flavor and the most consumed by New Zealanders is meat… and they can surely boast about their beef and lamb, cooked in many ways, but especially baked and accompanied by vegetables, is undoubtedly one of the dishes par excellence to share in family.

Meatloaf and asian influences

Another typical dish is meatloaf or meatloaf accompanied by mashed potatoes, peas, or any other vegetable. Although all these dishes are part of the gastronomic culture of New Zealand, the Asian influence has turned the Kiwis into lovers of its gastronomy. Chinese food, Thai and the famous sushi are some of the food places you can find in any mall. A menu in New Zealand can surely include “the Kiwi super breakfast” and “cereals weetabix breakfast”, it usually consists of cereals with yogurt or milk and fruit and / or nuts, or toast. Normally accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. On weekends and whenever there is time for it, they like to eat what is known here as “all day breakfast”. A very complete dish with bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, roasted tomato, hash brown (fried grated potatoes) and toast. Sometimes they also accompany it with beans and / or sausages. However, for lunch, normally it is something light, like a sandwich, salad or foot.

New Zealanders love their dinner
New Zealanders love their dinner

New Zealanders love their dinner

Dinner is the most important meal in New Zealand, shared with the family. Normally, it consists of some type of meat, usually baked, accompanied by vegetables and potatoes. Kiwis usually dine quite early, around six in the afternoon, once they return home from work. This allows them to continue doing other family activities before going to sleep. It may have been repeated a few times, but, yes, the main meal for dinner is also kiwi, which they share with the family.

Their delicious desserts

New Zealanders like sweets a lot, like the Pavlova dessert. In many houses there are even two ovens. One for cooking and one for sweets. One of the typical dishes of food in New Zealand is the Pavlova. It is a kind of meringue cake decorated with fruits, such as strawberries or kiwis. Another sweet that you will find in coffee shops is the cake or carrot cake, covered with a delicious cream cheese. As you can see, the food in New Zealand is varied and you will not have any problem in finding it to your liking. Why don’t you give it a try? Any dish you pick will enchant you!