New Zealand cuisine has a strong British influence, and it also shares many of the dishes that are popular in Australia. The fact that there is such a rich supply of ingredients from the sea and land has also been a strong influence on the local food. Maori food is also very popular, and it is highly recommended that visitors try some of this during their stay.
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Hāngi is a type of cuisine that is cooked in a fire pit. Baskets of food are placed in the pit and are then covered by stones. It takes a few hours to cook the food this way, but it leads to a very distinctive taste. The usual ingredients for this type of cuisine include chicken, lamb, potatoes, and pork.
The most well known New Zealand dish is the dessert Pavlova. This was actually created as a tribute to the ballet dancer Anna Pavlova when she visited the country during the 1920s. This dessert is similar to a meringue, but the main difference is that it has a soft sweet centre.
Fish and Chips
The most popular dish in New Zealand is undoubtedly simple fish and chips. The fact that there is such a plentiful supply of fish around the island means that this is a cheap meal and very filling.
Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in New Zealand with the two biggest breweries being Lion Breweries and DD Breweries. In recent years, there has also been a huge increase in the demand for beers coming from microbreweries (these are bars that brew their own beer on the premises).