Food in Samoa
Eating is a very essential aspect of Samoan life, as shown by the size of many Samoans. When they travel, they often bring food with them. Samoan cuisine is not heavily flavored or seasoned. It includes items that most Westerners are unfamiliar with, such as breadfruit, taro (or talo), taro leaves, fried green bananas, and raw fish.
- Umu. The umu is the traditional cooking technique. A fire is created, and stones are piled on top of it. When the fire is reduced to embers, green bananas, breadfruit, taro, fish, palusami, and pig are put on the stones. It is then wrapped in banana leaves and set aside to cook.
- Oka is a Samoan method of preparing raw fish. It’s made out of tiny pieces of fish marinated in lemon juice, coconut cream, salt, and finely chopped onions.
- Palusami is a dish prepared with taro leaves and coconut cream. Wrapped in entire taro leaves and cooked in an umu, the coconut cream, onions, and some taro are wrapped in whole taro leaves. When prepared properly, this dish may be memorable, and you should not leave Samoa without tasting it.
- Corned beef. This item was quickly embraced by Samoa, and it is frequently used as an addition to Umus and other meals.
Unfortunately, these delicacies are harder to locate, perhaps because western cuisine is more “cool,” or because the typical visitor prefers to eat what he eats at home. The typical fare consists of more or less accurate imitations of western-style or Chinese cuisine. If you want to sample some of the local cuisine, go to Apia’s market. It’s also a good idea to stock up on fruit before venturing out on the islands.
The majority of eateries are informal and reasonably priced. Restaurants may be found on the sites for Upolu, Apia, and Savaii. Most of the finest locations to visit outside of Apia are connected with hotels or resorts.
Drinks in Samoa
No major meeting in Samoa, whether official or social, is complete without the ‘Ava (or kava) ritual. Piper methysticum, which meaning intoxicated pepper, is the botanical name for kava. The plant’s roots are used to make a slightly narcotic drink that is distributed throughout gatherings according to tight protocols. You do not, however, have to engage in a Samoan cultural event to taste it. On some days, it is available for purchase in Apia’s central market (marketi fou).
Vailima beer is the local beer. It’s inexpensive and widely available.
All roadside shops sell non-alcoholic drinks and bottled water. Coca-Cola, Fanta, and Sprite are available in 750 ml glass bottles for about 4 WST. If you wish to take them with you to drink later, you’ll need a bottle opener; otherwise, shops will have a bottle opener accessible. Bottled water comes in a variety of sizes.
In the bars, there is an abundance of alcohol. Most shops don’t have much, and it’s usually costly. Le Well, near Apia’s market (ask any cab driver), offers a good selection at the greatest rates. The cheapest booze for heavy drinkers is usually vodka in big (1.75 L) plastic bottles. This is available in supermarkets and bottleshops, as well as in smaller 750 ml bottles for approximately 25 WST. Imported wines are often extremely costly, but not as pricey as those found in restaurants.
In 2006, the authorities closed down most of Apia’s famous and iconic pubs and nightclubs, claiming underage drinking, drugs, noise, and violence. They reopened a few weeks later. Bars and nightclubs were scheduled to shut at 22.00 at the end of 2010, however some appeared to be able to get around this. There are many smaller pubs and nightclubs to visit. Every hotel, as well as the majority of eateries, has a bar.