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Rotorua Visitor Guide - - News -

If you’re a vis­i­tor to Ro­torua and haven’t been lucky enough to get to know some lo­cal Maori and then be in­vited to their home for a boil up or hangi, well, bum­mer for you. How­ever you can ex­pe­ri­ence those very same in­dige­nous de­lights at Kiwi Kai at 1211 Amo­hau Street. Kiwi Kai (NZ Food) opened in 2013 with the ex­press in­ten­tion to be a vi­able con­tender in the take­away mar­ket - with an eye to big ex­pan­sion. 2 years later, owner Chris Poipoi says they’re on track to achieve their goals mak­ing kai that his mother used to make. Kiwi Kai of­fers gen­uine Maori food for the lo­cals and non-lo­cals alike. The Hangi (Maori word to de­scribe the process of how food was tra­di­tion­ally cooked) comes in 4 op­tions: Chicken or Pork or Lamb, or a sort of meat lovers pack which has all 3 meats. Pota­toes, kumara, pump­kin and cab­bage with rewena bread (ex­pla­na­tion to fol­low!) stuff­ing to round off the meal. Each comes prepacked, hot, and ready to eat. Boil-ups (way bet­ter than the name sug­gests!) are a sim­ple Maori meal; throw some veg­eta­bles, some meat (usu­ally pork), wa­ter­cress (a wild spinach type veg) al­to­gether and boil-it-up. Other op­tions on the menu are the Rewena Bread (a bread that uses a potato bug/mix­ture in­stead of yeast), fried bread (a yeast bread cooked in canola oil, sort of like a donut), seafood chow­der for seafood lovers, and for dessert, mouth wa­ter­ingly lus­cious steam pud­dings (on its own or with cus­tard and cream!) And then there’s the Rewena Burger range. A mas­sive burger cooked on 2 huge slices of rewena bread (try the “Waha-nui” trans­lated as “Big Mouth” .. named so be­cause you have to have a BIG MOUTH to eat it!! IT IS HUGE!). Surely the big­gest burger in town! Around half of Kiwi Kai cus­tomers are tourists and the other half lo­cal – both Maori and Pakeha. But Chris says Maori are the hardest to please be­cause, wouldn’t you know it, they want their kai just like their own moth­ers’ made. Open from 10am till 8pm Mon­day to Satur­day, you re­ally should make Kiwi Kai a part of your stay in Ro­torua. 07 3472440 www.face­book.com/Ki­wiKaiRo­torua

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