Being this a not very notorious country and fairly new having won independence from the UK in 1979, finding traditional local dishes was not an easy accomplishments. I had to resort to a lot of tricks that I have learned in the last 8 years of preparing alphabetical dinners:
- Find at least one article that talks about the local culture and hopefully you'll find some hints as to what some of the local cuisine consists of
- Google the names of any dishes mentioned in the above mentioned article
- If step 2 doesn't yield the desire result, Google 2 or 3 of the main ingredients mentioned in the dishes and hope for the best (very often the spelling of the dishes in the above mentioned article is either incorrect or some local spelling so despite Google mighty power of suggestions and alternatives, it is not always possible to get a hit)
Despite Kiribati being a country we never heard of, Kako said this was probably one of the best dinners she had at my house. Surely she was not including the Japanese dinner that she cooked.... Floyd thought that it's unlikely you'd get such a good meal in Kiribati but then again, who knows. Maybe I should go try it for myself before I can judge. And let's face it, something that is in the tropical Pacific Ocean (somewhere in between Fiji, Samoa and Hawaii) cannot be difficult to like, right? See what I mean?