Make Your Own Maori 'hangi' (earth Oven)




Introduction: Make Your Own Maori 'hangi' (earth Oven)

I'm sure there are Maoris out there who will have a good chuckle this, but I think we got it broadly right. We'll do it better next time and I think it was brave undertaking considering this has been one of the most epically miserable, wet, boggy summers on record. Here's the video summary, with text instructions below. Let me know how you get on.

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    8 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Hi I'm a full on kiwi maori boy:) and and as it go's will done for giving it a crak and posting it and the veges over cooking thing if you put them in the center of the good they come out mint as, give it a crak

    Ripper of an idea mate (yes I know, wasn't exactly your idea, but I enjoyed the video, haha) Might have to give that a go next time I'm out camping.

    Just got a question, what sorta foods work best with it? Like would fish/seafood or chicken be too temperamental to do in it or is it all good? Are you a Kiwi yourself?

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    Everything I've read says most meat comes up pretty well, although I reckon lamb, beef and venison are best. Pork needs crackling and hangis don't crackle. I think chicken and seafood are also fine (it's very moist heat) but need less time. Apparently it murders any green veg but is great for roots. There was also a tempting mention of traditional Maori puddings, but I couldn't find a recipe. Anyone finds one, I'll give it a go next time. Not a Kiwi, but a Brit!

    I'm a homegrown Kiwi & can verify from experience that not all foods are suited to hangi ("umu") cooking. Most meats come up brilliantly, but many veges can be sadly over cooked...

    Amazing how different cultures are so alike; I grew up in Maine, in the New England region of the United States, and while I'm not sure if this comes from a particular ethnic heritage, we do something almost identical but localized there: the clam bake!

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    I like this - especially the idea of steaming food under a bed of seaweed. One to add to the list - thanks!