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It's all about the food here in Napier...

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This entry was posted on 12/17/2006 3:05 AM and is filed under New Zealand.


 A reminder that here in Napier, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD!

Our first night in Napier (pronouned "Nape-eeeee-ur") we went to a restaurant called "Restaurant Indonesia" owned by the same family for 23 years.  We ordered the Vegetarian Rijstaffel (obviously, Epod's turn to order!).  They brought us 12 different dishes to sample and they were very delicious.  We especially liked the peanut sauce with tempeh, spicy sambal, mangos in tamarind sauce, bananas in honey sauce and shrimp and jack fruit crackers with curried vegetables.  And the coconut and ground nut mix that you sprinkled on top of your dishes was very tasty and added a sweet crunchiness to everything.

The front of the restaurant had this magnificent carving all from one piece of wood.



Here's what the food looked like...













The second night was Barbeque night with the Mongolians at "What's Ya Wok?".  Choose your meat - pork, beef, chicken or tofu and put them in the bottom of the bowl.  Then choose your sauces and put them in the bowl.  Make up your own recipe using any combination of soy sauce, chili sauce, wine, sesame oil, plum sauce, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, black bean sauce, hoisin sauce and/or duck sauce.  Then go down the veggie line and add to your big bowl any or all of the following:  noodles, cabbage, carrots, onions, pineapple, sprouts, mushrooms, zucchini, green onions, broccoli, peppers, baby corn and cauliflower.  Add some optional spices like Chinese 5 spice, sugar, pepper, salt or chili powder.  Hand your overflowing bowl over to a young Kiwi grill guy and watch him cook it for you.  Then he puts it back in the bowl and off you go with your chopsticks to enjoy it.  A very fun experience.  All for only $15 Kiwi ($10 US)  Includes drink and ice cream.

Here's what the choices looked like...



Now watch a little movie and see the grill guy in action...

Dinner preparation - right before our very eyes! Watch this


For our final night's dinner we ate at Chambers Restaurant in one of Napier's oldest hotel, in fact only one of the two buildings that survived the earthquake in 1931.  The dining was superb.  Look at what we ate...

A beautiful salad with carmelized walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, a few lettuce leaves and a very wonderful walnut dressing.



Then we shared Salmon on Potato Rosti...



And Crayfish with Scallops, Prawns and Bok Choy...Delicious!




 

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    • 12/18/2006 7:21 AM MinnePod wrote:
      The stove! The stove! Must have the stove! And did you see the cool funnel thing that holds the spatula? Oh, to die for!
      I love this blog. Do you have any idea how much money I am saving by traveling vicariously? This is the best! And now, with no jet lag! Looks like the ministry allows only blue sky there. Good idea, wot?
      My kids is all here. Nice chaos factor - much love all around. So far....

      love, love, love

      The other MPod
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    • 12/18/2006 9:08 PM Jane Oaklie wrote:
      I'm actually doing a shift at the local CBS station tonight..I think you've become major food photographers..I'm salivating more with each shot and description..thank you for perking up my night..as usual. Endless love, JaneO
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