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The views expressed in this blog are based entirely on personal tastes and preferences. Please do not take them as professional interpretations.

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Piko Piko Cafe
Wairakei Terraces
State Highway 1&5, Wairakei, Lake Taupo, New Zealand
7 374 8082

We made a short detour to Wairakei Terraces as I wanted to find out more about their Maori cultural experience night. I didn't expect to linger here for more than 15 minutes but I was wrong!

This sign outside the cafe made me decide to have an early lunch here!

Hangi is an ancient Maori method of cooking food using super heated rocks buried in the ground in a pit oven. The Hangi Fry Up (NZD$10.50) has generous portions of hangi meat and root vegetables such as kumara, pumpkin and carrot. It's quite good!

The staff recommended the Hangi in a Pie (NZD$8) which is the cafe's specialty.

The filling is somewhat similar to that in the Hangi Fry Up but I definitely prefer the fry up to the pie as I'm not really a pastry lover.

The cafe had no other customers during my entire meal there. It makes me wonder how do they continue their operations with such few diners.

My main reason for eating here is to try the famous Maori hangi food. It's certainly tasty enough to make me want to eat it again if I have the chance!

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WELCOME!

In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!

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