Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Invitation to a Hangi

I spent an evening at Mitai which gave me an introduction into the Maori culture. It was a brilliant experience, watching the warriors perform the Haka and talking us through their culture. The main highlight of the evening was being invited to a Hangi. This is where food is cooked in the ground with hot rocks basically making an underground oven. Food is slow cooked for four hours and wrapped up in foil pack in all the flavour. Delicious is an understatement to describe just how good the food was. It was outstanding! I had heard a lot about how good the food was but I did not expect it to be this good! Apologies in advance to my aunts but the stuffing here was the best I've ever tasted.

When dinner was served there were tables of food from chicken, lamb, pasta, salad, stuffing, sauteed potatoes, mash potatoes, roast vegetables and an array of condiments. It was an open buffet and the different desserts were endless. From what I remember there was pavlova, swiss roll, chocolate cakes and so much more. Primarily focusing on the meat, it was so flavoursome and wasn't dry in the slightest and the stuffing had been spiced perfectly, it was a proper hearty meal. I could keep praising the Hangi but you just have to experience it for yourself. 

Hangi covered with cloth
Lamb, chicken, potatoes and the unforgettable stuffing wrapped in foil
My plate and I went for seconds!

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