New Zealand adventures Part 7 (final) Foodie Journey 紐西蘭旅遊篇之七(完結)~ 美食篇
Today I’m going to take you on my foodie journey across New Zealand. I won’t be showing you pretty plates of food from restaurants, but rather my joy and experience during the foodie journey.
New Zealand lamb has to be one of its if not the most famous food. So famous that even us Brits often buy it in the supermarkets in UK. My first roast lamb meal was from a place called Pedro’s House of Lamb, and they sell one dish only ~ slow roast shoulder of lamb with scalloped potatoes.
紐西蘭最著名的食物應該是羊肉。就算在英國的超市也有出售，不少英國人很喜歡在家烤焗紐西蘭羊肉。我在紐西蘭吃的第一餐烤羊是在這一家 Pedro’s House of Lamb 買外賣。他們只售獨沽一味慢烤羊肩配馬鈴薯片。
Each portion of lamb is enough for 2 to 3 people and we bought 2 portions as we all like roast lamb very much. Here’s the guy adding the finishing touches to ours.
The lamb was very succulent and delicious especially since I’ve been deprived of a decent roast since I left UK over a year ago. It was a slow roast, thus very tender, not my preferred roast texture, but hey, I’m not complaining.
Another time we did our own roast as our accommodation had a proper kitchen. We found a good butcher nearby and got our meat there. When we arrived, my husband who is a football fan was surprised to find that the owner and his staff were all football fans (NZ is a big rugby nation), and even more delighted that they were Arsenal fans like him. Of course they hit off immediately and had a good old lads banter!
Here’s our home roast lamb roasted to perfection just as I like it. Yummy!
There are a few salmon farms near Lake Takepo and since we were staying nearby for two nights we had salmon feast two nights in a row. The first night was pan fried salmon. Although the outside looks a little bit burnt, the salmon flesh was still very fresh and juicy inside.
The next evening we had salmon pasta and Lohikeitto. Fresh pasta is something that is not very common in Taiwan but it taste so much better than the dried ones so I was really happy when I saw it at the local supermarket. Lohikeitto is a Finnish salmon and potato soup and I first tried it on holiday in Finland. It is very simple to make and extremely satisfying to have on a cold winter’s evening.
We dined at quite a few nice restaurants in NZ but I don’t want to bore you with the photos as my photos don’t do the dishes justice. However I do want to take you to this lovely cafe called The Running Duck which is located in a little town called Geraldine, mid way between Lake Takepo to Christchurch.
其實我們也有去不少餐廳用餐，但我不準備在這裡與你分享餐廳美食的照片，因為我拍出來的照片跟真實差很遠，不能真正表達它們的色香味。 但我想帶你到這一家我覺得很有趣的咖啡店The Running Duck ，位於特卡波湖到基督城路途上一個叫 Geraldine 的小鎮。
The cafe serves burgers and shakes, and the interior has a very laid back feel like you’re on a Kiwi holiday. When you order your food, they give you one of these plastic toys. Can you guess why?
Here’s mine on my table.
It’s actually used to help the waiter deliver your order! I think its so much more fun than a normal number plates.
Markets are fantastic places that I love to visit when on holiday. I think they help to understand how the locals live and what they eat. This fruit and veg market in Wellington only opens on Sunday mornings, and you can see all the different types of colourful produce on display. It’s not a very big market and was raining that morning so we only stayed for about half an hour.
The other market I went to was Auckland Fish Market. I absolutely love seafood so we planned a home cooked seafood feast for our last meal in NZ as we were leaving the next day. The ‘market’ was smaller than I had expected, maybe because it was open to the public and there’s another wholesale market nearby. I’m not sure.
Anyway they still had a wide selection of seafood including Paua, which is black abalone. Normal white abalone is a delicacy for the Chinese and very expensive. I’ve never tried the black ones before so we bought two, as well as a cuttlefish and fresh scallops for our seafood feast. Given it was our last meal in NZ, we decided to pig out and also bought a lamb rack and two pieces of local steak from the supermarket.
We sliced the Paua to thin slices and blanched it for about 20 seconds just like the guy at the market taught us. Personally I thin the Paua is a bit overrated and doesn’t taste as nice as the normal ones. Well, you never know unless you try!
The rest of the meal was scrumptious, perfect to round off our NZ holiday.
If you ask me about my favourite food in NZ, its none of the above, nor the many wonderful restaurants we went to. It’s actually this delicious bottle of chocolate milk that I discovered at the supermarket. I love chocolate milk but its difficult to find one that has a creamy milk texture balanced by a rich chocolate flavour. This one does the job. Simplicity at its best.
This New Zealand foodie journey is the last in my series of New Zealand Adventures. I hope you have enjoyed reading them.
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