3 (Thu) September 2015
Grilled Chicken + Sausage
from street vendor [takeaway]
in my room (Heritage Park Hotel)
Mission to the Solomon Islands, Day 5 (see previously 6.240 Spinach in Soy Sauce).
In Honiara. Flew from Manila via Singapore via Brisbane, arriving Monday afternoon — 24 hours, door to door. Tuesday through today, I help to facilitate a workshop on national health policy planning. Leaving tomorrow, back in Manila by Saturday.
Like in most other countries throughout the Pacific, restaurants in the Solomon Islands don’t offer much in the way of local cuisine. Which is a major bummer for someone like me. The solitary item that I’ve seen thus far — not counting the root vegetables at the lunch buffet — is the coconut fish from the hotel (see generally 6. Marinated Snapper…).
So, when I ran across vendors selling food on the street, I had to try it — last night in town, last opportunity.
I had a similar experience in Fiji (see generally 6.103 B.B.Q.).
In light of my work in promoting healthy diet, I should point out that eating meat from random street vendors is likely to be very unhealthy, in terms of nutrition and/or safety.
GROSS. The chicken had a peculiar flavor, like chemicals, possibly the industrial oil in which it was cooked, or perhaps effusion from the rusted barrels on which it was cooked. The sausage, oh my god. Nevertheless, I’m glad that I went local.