Ika Mata: Rarotongan Raw Fish Salad with Coconut, Papaya and Chilli


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Salads: The new main course


By Peter Gordon

Published 2005

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In Rarotonga, one of the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand, they have a dish called ika mata. This is basically raw fish marinated in coconut and citrus juice. However, here I team it with papaya and chilli, to give it a sweetish spicy note. This is a fantastic summer main-course meal, served with a crunchy green salad on the side. Use a firm white flaky fish, such as snapper, cod or sea bass. Funnily enough, even though Captain Cook is the reason for the Cook Islands’