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Asian Food Primer: Polynesia Food

by David Johnson

Asian Foods Guide

Common ingredients and popular dishes of various cultures.

East Asia

Pacific Region

South Asia

Southeast Asia

The thousands of islands sprinkled through the South Pacific that comprise Polynesia have their own local cooking traditions, but they all make use of plentiful seafood and fruit. Hawaiian cooking is the best known example of Polynesian cuisine in the United States.

Common ingredients:


seafood, pork, chicken, nuts, tropical fruits

Popular dishes:

hearts of palm; breadfruit; roasted fish; roasted kukui nuts

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