|Rice and Fish are as inseparable as mother and child - Vietnamese Proverb|
I could eat like this every day. Any dish that includes ginger, garlic, curry and chilies I consider to be directly descended from the heavens above. Once you get the prep down, cooking Fijian (or any kind of Asian, Malaysian, or Polynesian food) is a snap, and the end result is both beautiful and delicious, if not a religious experience.
While most people have heard of Fiji, I'm willing to bet that few know that Fiji is actually made up of 300 mountainous islands, only 100 of which are inhabited. Each distinct island is inhabited by a culturally diverse mix of Polynesian, Indian, Melanesian, Chinese and European people. Known as "the crossroads of the Pacific", Fiji is located southwest of the Equator in the southwest Pacific Ocean. If you wish to go there, it's about a 10 hour flight from Los Angeles.
It follows, then, that the cuisine is influenced by all of these different cultures to form a wonderful mix of sweet, salty and spicy dishes. Ingredients commonly found in Fiji's cuisine includes yam, breadfruit, cassava and taro root. Beef, poultry, pork and seafood are used to prepare a multitude of mouthwatering dishes I wish I could sample daily.
I decided to make a Spicy Fried Rice with Shrimp recipe, partly because I already had all the ingredients on hand, but also because my boys begged me to...so, really, what could I do?
|Galangal root, shallots, garlic, ginger and shrimp paste - mmmmm|
|Add lime and it's sublime|
|Heat chili paste until fragrant, then add carrots and cabbage|
|Scramble eggs in a nice hot wok|
|Add rice, peas, shrimp and sauce - combine till hot then serve it up!|