Bougna is a local Melanesian delicacy of the Kanak people of New Caledonia. Fresh banana leaves are used to wrap chicken, lobster or fish along with soft yams, bananas, sweet potatoes and rich coconut milk. This is then steamed over red-hot stones in a below-ground oven and slow cooked for around two hours. The authentic dish can be found in New Caledonian restaurants – most notably on the islands and the east coast – or can be enjoyed as a meal with local tribes.
New Caledonia is one of our closest neighbours – it’s just three hours flight from the east coast. The Pacific Islands gem is not just beautiful to look at (hello, white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters, chilled-out turtles and palm trees), it’s also a culinary destination.
Noumea and beyond offer up a cavalcade of local food experiences. Try Bougna, a local delicacy of chicken or lobster wrapped in banana leaves; get a taste of the French-influenced New Caledonian culinary scene; explore hip waterfront bars; or try a fun food festival (they even host their own Avocado Festival).
Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so. Fortunately, New Caledonia are currently offering Time Out readers a chance to win a foodie vacation of their very own, including airfares, five nights accommodation, and an unforgettable meal. Enter here.