Mumu of Papua New Guinea

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Some dishes are simple and easy breezy to make. This is that dish.

Mumu is what happens when a casserole/stew meets Oceania culture. The layered pot of ingredients reminds me of that home-cooking back in Minnesota, but the ingredients are far from Midwestern. Pineapple, sweet potato, kale, and coconut milk – to name a few – all cook together over the stove to create a light yet satisfying dish. Simply layer the ingredients accordingly, pour the coconut milk over the top, and heat until the meat is cooked properly! C’est mumu!

Ingredient List

  • Root vegetables (sweet potato, yuca, carrots)
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Pineapple
  • Green vegetables (green beans, spinach, kale, banana leaves)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Coconut milk

Quick Quotes

S: “This dish does quite tickle my fancy. I much adore a dish with meat, fruit, and vegetables combined into one, for no side dish is required. The pineapple and sweet potato are the most pleasing. In fact, this is the first context in which my palette has been delighted by the sweet potato.”

T: “I like the simplicity and how healthy it is. I could use a bit more flavor development.”

Trivial Trifles

  • The capital of Papua New Guinea is Port Moresby
  • The official languages are English, Tok Pisin, and Hiri Motu
  • It is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world – 852 languages are listed to be spoken in Papua New Guinea
  • Only 18% live in urban areas
  • About 40% of the population live natural, self-sustaining lifestyles without access to global capital
  • It is one of the world’s least explored countries, geographically and culturally
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