Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Christchurch is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Christchurch to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Kumara Chips: sweet potato, comes in a variety of colours and flavours.
- Paua fritters: paua, onion, flour, egg, herbs.
- Roasted Huhu Grubs: lightly roasted tunga.
- Whitebait fritters: is essentially an omelet containing whitebait.
- Pipi Soup: the soup is infused with the salty pipi liquor and balanced by its sweet flesh.
- Seafood Chowder: carrot, celery, potato, chicken stock, cream, corn cobs, herbs, spices.
- Barbecue: used chiefly in the United Kingdom and Australia.
- Braised mutton bird: this dish should be served with damper and mashed potato.
- Crayfish: fresh live mussels, garlic, butter, white wine, parsley.
- Grilled Bluff Oysters: infused in herb oil and lightly grilled.
- Hāngi Dinner: hāngi food is pork, mutton or lamb, and chicken, accompanied by vegetables.
- Lamb Roast: crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.
- Roasted Potato: are a perfect accompaniment to meat, fish or vegetarian dishes.
- Smoked Eel: fresh and sea water fish, caught all year round and smoked according to well established technologies.
- Steamed green-lipped mussels: fresh live mussels, garlic, butter, white wine, parsley.
- Apple Pie: is a fruit pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apples.
- Blackberry Pie: is pie composed of blackberry filling, usually in the form of either blackberry jam.
- Feijoa: a chicken-egg-sized and ellipsoid-shaped fruit, with a sweet, aromatic flavour.
- Hokey Pokey Ice Cream: consists of plain vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of sponge toffee - known as "hokey pokey".
- Kiwifruit: often shortened to kiwi in many parts of the world.
- Manuka Honey: is a monofloral honey made by bees in New Zealand that frequent the manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium.
- Marmite: is a monofloral honey made by bees in New Zealand that frequent the manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium.
- Minties: are hard, white and chewy, square mint-flavoured lolly.
- Pavlova: is a meringue-based dessert.
- Pineapple Lumps: are a flavoured chocolate covered confectionery with a soft, chewy pineapple-flavoured middle that are unique to New Zealand.
- Tamarillo: is pie composed of blackberry filling, usually in the form of either blackberry jam.
- Fish and chips: is a popular take-away food that originated in the United Kingdom.
- Kiwiburger: burger with egg and beetrot.
- Meat pie: is a savoury pie with a filling of meat and other savoury ingredients.
- Coffee: is a brewed beverage with a dark, slightly acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant.
- Lemon & Paeroa: also known as L&P, is a sweet soft drink manufactured in New Zealand.
- Canterbury Draught: is also known as Ward's beer, named after it's founding brewer James Hamilton Ward. The Ward name is one of the oldest in New Zealand's.
- Kiwi Pinot Noir: is a black wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera.
- Mac's beer: came into the world in 1981.
- Sauvignon Blanc: is a green-skinned grape variety.
- Speights: local beer.
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