(130) Nauru – Coconut Crusted Fish

Coming in at 130 is Nauru, a country of Oceania found Northeast of Australia in the central Pacific Ocean. This tiny nation is well known for its export of phosphate, one of the highest in the world. Due to overmining however, it has significantly harmed the island. Nauru is one of the least visited countries due to many people not realizing it exists. It is the 3rd smallest nation at the size of 8.1 square miles.

Aerial view of Nauru. Source: sisinternational.com

As one would expect, the local fare consists of lots of seafood and locally grown produce like coconuts and pandanus. There is moderate influence of Chinese cuisine and Australian. One common dish of Nauru is known as “coconut fish” which consists of raw tuna served in coconut milk with seasonings. Coconut breaded fish is considered the national dish of the nation and so happens to be something we enjoy. Let’s get cooking!

There isn’t a lot to say for the reason behind the national dish other than the necessity of the ingredients to the nation and the complimentary flavors. I couldn’t find if there was a recurrently used fish so we used cod which is abundant in rural Maine supermarkets.. if I could have gotten my hands on mahi mahi or tuna I would have used those in a heart beat.

To one up the coconut we served the fish with coconut rice (a staple in our household). At the time I made the dish I got fresh sugar snap peas and decided it would well suit the dish. An after thought was a wedge of lime, definitely would have brought the flavor up a notch.

We thought the almonds brought an appealing sweet, nutty flavor which went well with the coconut. Although the breading tasted good it would have been better on chicken in our opinion. Of course the fish choice and lack of flavor complexity could have easily been altered with addition of citrus or vegetable variety. We rated this one 7/10

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