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Pork and Puha - Boil Up

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

Maori Soup

Part of the New Zeeland inspired menu, this dish draws its roots from a traditional Maori way of cooking.


Just like the hangi earth oven cooking - a boil up involved using hot stones at its origins. These were placed into bowls and covered by water, in which vegetables could be added to cook.

Other ingredients which take longer to cook, such as meat and taro, would still require cooking in an earth oven instead.

When European settlers came to New Zeeland, they brought with them pork, potatoes and cookware - which were rapidly adopted by the Maori. We will be using pork and potatoes for our boil up on top of the traditional kumara/ sweet potato, making for a more modern spin on this dish.


If puha/ rauriki is not sold in your area, use watercress instead. Since watercress is widely available and widely used in cooking in New Zealand, this change will keep up with the theme beautifully and your boil up will taste phenomenal.


This recipe is part of the 2020 - Week 48 - New Zealand inspired Menu . Look under Menus for the other recipes of the series or Subscribe to our mailing list and receive complete weekly menu ideas with everything from the grocery shopping list to all standardized recipes in a menu, as well as an organized Order of Cooking list to save you time in the kitchen.


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