National #dish of #vanuatu ☺ #laplap #vegetablepaste #bananaleaf #meat😋😋

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Laplap (sometimes spelled lap lap) is the national dish of Vanuatu. Laplap is prepared by pounding breadfruit, taro or yam roots into a dough. The dough is then cooked in an underground oven, with fresh coconut cream and some pork, beef, chicken or flying fox in taro or spinach leaves.

Once made, the mixture is wrapped in banana leaves, tied with vine to form a kind of ‘parcel’, and placed into a traditional oven called an uma. An uma is created by digging a hole in the ground and filling it with red hot rocks. The parcel or food is placed in the centre, covered with more hot rocks and the whole thing covered over with dirt and leaves.