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If you are passing through Tahiti, you must eat at the popular "roulottes" of Papeete, on the seafront. The atmosphere is nice, family. It's good and cheap.
See you on the seafront
I obviously went there during my trip to Polynesia in 2012. The trailers, everyone goes there. Tahitians and tourists alike meet there for dinner without any fuss, with family or friends. As night falls, around 5:30 pm, the itinerant restaurateurs invade Vaiete Square in Papeete with their vans. They unpack their kitchens, deploy their stalls, light the braziers, have folding tables and plastic chairs.
The most difficult thing is to choose your trailer. Each one has its own specialty and you'll find everything from steaks and fries to pizza, grilled meat and seafood, Breton cakes and Chinese fried noodles, not forgetting Polynesian specialties, where fish, tubers and the flavor of coconut dominate. .
The trailers animate the waterfront of Papeete until late at night. It's from "street food" to Polynesian, hearty and cheap.
Marinated raw fish delicacy
The specialty I love, one of the most popular, served everywhere, in chic hotels like beach bouis-bouis, it's marinated raw fish salad. Like all dishes in Polynesia, we serve it in huge portions, we always have a little trouble finishing. Still, it's a delight!
The recipe is simple: fresh fish a little firm, tuna or sea bream, marinated in lime juice, then mixed with raw vegetables (cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, small white onions ...) and topped with coconut milk. It's full of freshness and sweetness at a time. Eat with rice or fries, drizzled with a Hinano beer!
The recipe is easy enough to reproduce at home, on the way back, when you are nostalgic for the islands. And on other dishes, I sometimes have fun adding a little coconut milk here, a little lime there - on shrimp, chicken, rice - just to have a little taste of it- down!