TRADITIONAL MEALS are one of the best ways to explore a culture — a country’s cuisine can tell you more about its customs and people than a landmark or tourist attraction. Here are four musts for all foodie travelers.
You’ll have to travel all the way to New Zealand to experience a Hangi feast. This Maori method of cooking requires food to be cooked in the ground. A pit must be dug into the ground, then a fire set, upon which stones are laid to heat. Baskets of food are put on top of the rocks and everything covered with dirt for several hours while it cooks.
Popular Hangi items include:
- Sweet potatoes
The meal is typically accompanied with traditional Maori song and dance, often including a Hakka, the traditional war dance, before the meal.
Country: New Zealand
Where To Try the Hangi: The Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua