About two months ago I wrote a post about Iconic Kiwi Food. Jiyeon Juno Kim Author of Runaway Juno was kind enough to be our first guest writer and she also chose roadtrip food as the subject of her post.
We were driving through North Island from Auckland to Napier for about a week. I love every bit of New Zealand. Among various things, food is one important part of culture. While I was on the road I’ve experienced some great road trip food. Now I will introduce you to my three favourite not-typical-road trip food in New Zealand.
Steak To Go
Steak or any other meat is very cheap and very good. The country is just filled with nature and farms all around! So I enjoyed all the produced meat while I was backpacking. Especially I was surprised how cheap the steak was. However what I didn’t expect was I could eat steak on the road as a packed lunch.
I don’t remember where I was but I stopped at one small ‘to-go’ restaurant in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing but that restaurant and ocean. When I looked up the menu, I saw ‘Steak’ on the menu. Hmm… how could they pack a chunk of meat and if they could, how can I eat without any utensils?
I ordered one anyhow. It was big and super cheap. He packed it in a plastic box with plastic fork and knife. Oh that’s how things done.
So two of my friends and I were setting down on a bench near the ocean. But you know what? These plastic utensils were so fragile!! The knife kept bending with heat of the meat and the forks were even worse. The little three forks were broken just after few bites. It stuck in the meat! It was so frustrating and hilarious! You know what we did? We stick the bended knife in the steak and just ate it with a big bite. It was such a memorable moment. We laugh so hard till got a stomach cramp. Steak is supposed to be very fancy meal in my country because it is rare. But here, I’m eating this without any etiquette. Does it matter?:-)
Fish And Chips
Fish and chips are the best food I’ve ever had in New Zealand. French fries are one of the favourite food in the world, I loved the thick, salty fries when I was in the city. First time I got to know about this wonderful combination of fish and fries was at one small restaurant on the road. I remember they had a big diagram of all the fish living around New Zealand and he explained which fish they are using. Felt kind of bad for those fish but what can I do, it is so tasty.
Who thought of this genius idea? Fish and chips… So great. Thumbs up to you, whoever you are.
It was perfect road trip food. Don’t have to stop to eat, it’s not messy, and it even tastes so good when it’s cold. Just grab a huge bag of chips and it lasts for a day. Yes I am in love with it.
Meat pie was my backpacking food for a long time. It is cheap, is delicious, and is handy to go. This is nothing like an apple pie I had from Burger King. Actually I’ve never had a pie with meat in it. I remember from one American TV show, they were making fun of English people because they make pie with meat in it. Shepherd’s pie, perhaps. Well it was not weird for me at all. I had it from my road trip also. Like I said, it was so handy. I had it from a gas station, fresh out of oven, or bakery, but funny I liked frozen-microwaved one better. Maybe because that is what ‘road trip’ taste like.
Little Extra Something. With Packed Wine and Milk
One more thing I like about New Zealand is that dairy products are so good and cheap at the same time. I’m a huge fan of milk and cheese. I couldn’t believe how many different kinds of milk there are in just one section. The biggest carton of milk, was about 3 litres, and that is the biggest milk I’ve ever seen so far. The one I particularly liked was that very close to original milk fresh from the cow. You know what I mean? I don’t know the exact name, but I loved that creamy and wild taste. So when we were on the road, we stopped at the market and grabbed a bunch of fruit juice and milk. I probably drink more milk than beer, and that’s unusual for me. It was great with the meat pie of steak, even. Believe me.