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Vanuatu

6/02/2014

​In December, NRHS students, Raelee Newton, Wyleigk and Sanadee Whap Harbin, descendants of the first Australian South Sea Islanders had a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Port Villa, Vanuatu has part of a cultural experience.

The students experienced traditional foods such as’ lap lap’ which is the style of cooking in which cultural food is cooked underground by the locals. The first lap lap was cooked by Raelee’s cousin Renata and once pulled out from the ground oven, it was placed directly in front of us to start eating warm.  We all sat on a woven mat on the ground & watched as the banana leafs cooked and were folded back. The women squeezed the juice from shredded coconut into a well of the lovely hot chicken lap lap, where we dipped our bread into. The lap lap remained warm for quite some time and was absolutely delicious.

All the food is either home grown or purchased from the food market in Port Vila or from surrounding road side villages. The taste of these foods cooked underground is definitely a different taste to food brought in a shop & is certainly a must try for anyone. It was an amazing experience and hopefully we will return in 2014.