Have you been putting in the hard work to look good for your upcoming trip to Fiji? Good for you! But now it's time to loosen your belt and get into holiday mode, and trust us, your taste buds are going to want you to take a break.
Fiji is going to fill you and your family to the brim with delicious island desserts. And don't worry, if you feel like you've overeaten, Fiji has an abundance of activities that will help work off those extra calories.
Those who love to indulge in rich dessert, look no further than Vakasoso, a deliciously rich and creamy dessert. Vakasoso's base is made of vudi - a fruit similar to a banana/plantain - that's covered in a blanket of thick coconut milk and topped with a layer of coconut shavings. It's somewhat similar to a rice pudding, except instead of rice your have the vudi.
The traditional Fijian method of making Vakasoso:
- 2 vundi
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 50 grams of brown sugar
- 4 cardamom pods
- Half a cinnamon stick
- 150 grams of sugar
- 70 millilitres of cream
- Coconut shavings
Begin by peeling two vundi and placing them in a medium pot. They mix in two cups of coconut milk, 50 grams of brown sugar, four cardamom pods and half a cinnamon stick - real exotic flavours! Cook this concoction on low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, bringing to the boil for 15 minutes before flipping the plantain and cooking for another 10 minutes. While this cools, prepare the caramel sauce.
Mix 150 grams of sugar with 100 millilitres of water, boiling until it browns. Mix 70 millilitres of cream and whisk until smooth.
Plate your vundi and sauce, garnish with a sprinkling of coconut shavings and serve. It's the ultimate island-time treat and you can find it at the markets to get your fix!
As sweet as it sounds, honey cake is a delicious treat made from ginger, cinnamon, sour cream and almonds. You've probably heard of this dessert before, but nobody does it quite like the Fijians. The special ingredient is that they use bread instead of cake, making it much less dense.
Fijian twist on Honey Cake:
Mix together the following ingredients in a large bowl:
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pour in a bread baking pan, sprinkle almonds on top and bake at 175 Celsius for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Once it has cooled, dish it up with some ice cream and fresh fruit and you've got yourself a real treat.
The Fijian Honey Cake is traditionally served to celebrate Fiji's independence from the Commonwealth every October. However, that doesn't stop the locals from also serving it all year round.
This is Fiji's take on pudding (also known as cassava pudding) and it's one of the most popular desserts among the locals. It's a delightful mixture of fresh cassava and coconut drizzled with coconut cream and sugar syrup.
Create your own Vakalolo:
- 1-2 medium cassava grated
- 3 cups of coconut milk
- 1-2 cups sugar
This recipe is slightly more complicated than the former.
Start with taking a handful of grated cassava and wrap it in foil. Steam the cassava for 40 minutes. As this is cooking, put two cups of sugar in a separate pan until melted, slowly pouring and stir in three cups of coconut milk. Once the 40 minutes are up, remove the cassava from the foil and kneed it in a bowl, pouring the coconut and sugar syrup all over it, ready to be devoured.
Vakalolo is a dish commonly served at a wedding, birthday or funeral as it is such a time consuming treat. Partake in a celebration to get a taste!
At the end of the day, if you're still trying to be a little healthy on your family holiday in Fiji, you could always opt for the delicious nature's candy! Fiji's fruits come together to make a wonderfully sweet salad. Papaya, pineapples and bananas sprinkled with some sugar on top - you can't mess that recipe up.
- Posted in Fiji