Concept

'Ota 'ika

Summary
Ota ika is a Oceanian dish consisting of raw fish marinated in citrus juice and coconut milk. The Tongan, Tahitian, and Samoan variants are essentially identical in that the raw fish is briefly marinated in lemon or lime juice until the surface of the flesh becomes opaque. The fish is then mixed with coconut milk and diced vegetables (most commonly cucumber, tomato, onion, green onion, and spicy peppers). This is the national dish of Tonga. Names
  • Cook Islands: ika mata
  • Fiji: kokoda
  • French Polynesia: poisson cru, iʻa ota
  • Nauru: coconut fish
  • Niue: ʻota ʻika
  • Samoa: oka iʻa
  • Tokelau: ʻota ʻika
  • Tonga: ʻota ʻika
  • Tuvalu: ika mata
  • Wallis and Futuna: ika ota
The dish is otherwise known as coconut fish in Nauru, kokoda in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, oka in Samoa, ika mata in the Cook Islands and New Zealand, oraora in Kiribati, and simply poisson cru on the French islands. The word "ota" means "raw" within the Polynesian language group, although the more common te
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