Fish & Chips

Top 10 Kiwi Kids’ Kai

Food and friendship go together like bacon and eggs in New Zealand. Curious about what your Kiwi counterparts are chowing down on? Here’s a look at some of the favourite kai (food) Kiwi kids love – how many do you know?

Pavlova. Our cuzzies the Aussies reckon they made it, talk to any Kiwi and they’ll tell you they have it all wrong! A local Christmas time favourite, covered in whipped cream, strawberries and kiwifruit. This cake is crunchy on the outside and squishy in the middle. Yum!

Fish and Chips. There’s nothing more iconic for Kiwis than their Friday night takeaways! But unlike our British counterparts, you won’t find any vinegar here. We eat this delish dish with a sweet tomato sauce – Wattie’s is our favourite!

Sausage Sizzles. What do chain stores, BBQ’s and rugby all have in common? The humble Kiwi sausage sizzle! Buttered bread, tomato sauce and a barbecued sausage and onion – drool! The classic Kiwi way to raise funds for your local rugby club.

Mouse Traps. Nope, we’re not eating mice. We are chowing down marmite on toast with a layer of melted cheese, or skip the marmite and add some canned spaghetti, whakawaiwai (delicious)!

Chip Sammy. Butter, bread, chips or crisps? There’s no right answer, it’s all delicious. Or ditch the chips altogether and chuck on some hundreds and thousands for a classic kiwi delicacy, fairy bread. Mmm.

The Original Kiwi Dip. Ask mum and dad what the best dip of all time is, and I bet they’ll tell you it’s this! Dunk your crisps into this creamy dip, made up of a can of reduced cream, and a packet of powdered onion soup stirred in. Seems so wrong, but it tastes so right.

Hokey Pokey. Maybe New Zealand’s best-kept secret, this honeycomb toffee comes served in vanilla ice cream, chocolate and biscuits!

Lolly Cake. Let’s break this down a little; lolly means sweets or candy, and in this case, we’re talking about marshmallows in the shape of little men. Weird enough yet? It’s not even a cake! It’s a long log-shaped treat made up of crushed up biscuits that we roll in coconut then chop into slices—world famous in New Zealand, tasty everywhere.

Pikelets. Think of these as mini pancakes. They’re a Saturday morning special around these parts, but you can pretend you’re queen Lizzy herself and serve these cold with whipped cream and jam for afternoon tea!

ANZAC Biscuits. A crunchy, crumbly, oat and golden syrup flavoured biscuit! You’d find this treasure hiding in your tīpuna wahines (grandma’s) biscuit tin.