Welcome to Tuvalu! Today we are enjoying one of the few ingredients that are not imported on Tuvalu: fish!
Most ingredients are imported on Tuvalu. Usually, if the weather is kind, a big container ship comes to the island once a month and brings all that is needed.
Otherwise, you stick to the staple foods: coconuts from the backyard and fresh fish that you catch at sea and mostly eat raw.
Our dinner tonight is a simple recipe: Tuvalu tuna. This dish is a curry-like dish, which indicates the influence from Tuvalu’s neighbours. It contains soy sauce, onions, curry powder and cucumbers.
The recipe I have used today is from the amazing Sasha Martin and her blog GlobalTableAdventures:
400 g fresh tuna
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 tsp ginger, grated
1 tsp red chilies
1 tbsp curry powder
1 can coconut milk
4 spring onions, sliced
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise
3 tbsp soy sauce
rice to serve
Start by heating up the oil in a frying pan. Fry the onions until soft. Then add garlic, ginger and chilies. Add the curry powder and stir well. Cook for a couple of minutes, until fragrant. Now it is time to add the coconut milk. Stir and leave it simmering for a few minutes. Add the cucumber and the green onions.
Season with the soy sauce. Now it is time for your tuna. The cooking time will depend how raw or done you want your tuna to be. This will also depend on how fresh your tuna is 😉
Serve with rice, ideally some coconut rice. Enjoy!
The dish was lovely. It really made me want to visit Tuvalu once in my life. It seems such an interesting country. It is so small and has the shape of a ring! 🙂
As for the dish, it reminded me of curry and whenever I hear curry, I am all in for it!