What is “Kokoda”?
Would you have related that to food?
Kokoda is a station town in the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea. It is famous as the northern end of the Kokoda Track, site of the eponymous Kokoda Track campaign of World War II. In that campaign, it had strategic significance because it had the only airfield along the Track. In the decades preceding, it had been a foothills settlement near the gold fields.
If you goggle “Kokoda recipe”, you will see that Kokoda is in fact a dish of raw fish, a Fijian dish made from freshly caught fish.
I have no idea how this dish got its name, perhaps from the town, Kokoda or perhaps the Pacific War soldiers were fishermen as well and invented this dish.
This fish is cooked by marinating in lime and lemon juices and often served as salad. I was introduced to this dish by someone whom I was close with. Born in Fiji but grew up in England, he loved and learned to prepare this dish so when families get together, we would always have this much-loved Fijian specialty.
If you wish to find out more about this dish, please click here to This Island Life’s explanation of this delicious fish salad. – photo credit to This Island Life –
Here’s another simple recipe, courtesy of our celebrity chef, Nadia Lim.
Photo by Tamara West