The cuisine of Vanuatu include beef in many occasion. One of the factors that influences the evolution of food is Chinese ingredients such as soy sauce. “Soup meat” is a dish like Chop suey (Chinese influenced fried meat and vegetable) that cooked a little bit soupy.
Bunya is the way for cooking in an earth oven with hot rocks. A fire is made and stones are placed in the fire. The meal (pork, chicken, taro, bananas etc) and coconut milk are wrapped with banana leaf and placed on well established embers and hot stones, then slow cooked for hours.
At the markets in Vanuatu, you will also find local food “Tuluk”. It is traditional Vanuatu food consisting of tapioca (also called cassaba or manioc) dough with shredded pork-filling inside. It is wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.
Lap-lap is considered the national dish of Vanuatu. It is a staple pudding-like dish made from grated starchy vegetables (manioc, banana) with coconut cream. The pudding-like mixture is then put onto wild spinach leaves and soaked in coconut cream. Pieces of pork, chicken or even corned beef is then added. Leaves from the lap-lap plant are wrapped around the mixture, tied with strands of vine and cooked in a “ground oven” of hot stones.