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Taste of Tonga  Must-Try Dishes to Explore Tongan Cuisine

Embark on a culinary adventure to the exotic islands of Tonga. Tongan cuisine is a delightful fusion of traditional Polynesian ingredients and cooking techniques, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the islands. From fresh seafood to tropical fruits, Tonga offers a feast for the senses, here are our recommended dishes that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

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Ota Ika (Raw Fish Salad):

Ota Ika is a raw fish salad made with coconut cream, lime juice, and diced vegetables. The fish is marinated in acidic lime juice until it turns opaque, and the coconut cream balances out the sharp flavor of the lime. Feke is a creamy, flavorful seafood dish often served with yams or sweet potatoes

Faikakai Topai (Sweet Dumplings):

The dumplings are made from a simple flour dough and filled with coconut, banana, or breadfruit. After boiling, they are coated in a sweet, homemade coconut syrup. There are other flavors to choose from like Faikakai Ngoua (made with taro leaves that are boiled until chewy texture), Fakakai mei (made with breadfruit) or Faikakai manioke (made with casava).

Feke (Octopus):

Tender pieces of octopus are cooked with coconut milk and onions. Feke is a creamy, flavorful seafood dish often served with root crop like yam or casava. 


meat cooked with coconut milk and wrapped in taro leaves. It’s a hearty and flavorful dish. Popular meat iclude lamb, chicken, salted pork and corned beef.

‘Otai (Fruit Drink):

A refreshing beverage made from watermelon, coconut milk or water and a bit of sugar for taste. Other popular fruits used are mangoes, pineapple and ambarella fruit (vi in Tongan). It’s especially popular during hot days.

Vai Siaine (Banana water)-

A popular hommemade drink not well known to tourists,made from boiling ripe bananas and coconut milk. It’s sweet, creamy, and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. Can be served hot or cold. 

There are plenty more dishes to try but these can be a starting point for your culinary journey. Enjoy these Tongan delicacies with an open heart and an appreciation for the rich cultural heritage they represent!

Remember to join us at our ocean-view Sky lodge, where you can savor these must-try dishes while soaking in the breathtaking beauty of the South Pacific. Book your stay today and discover why Tonga is truly a food lover’s paradise.