Papua New Guinea Food and Drink


Hotel dining rooms cater for most visitors and menus in main centres are fairly extensive. The more remote the area, the more likely it is that the menus will be basic. However, increasing use is made of fresh local meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. The number of European, Chinese and Indonesian restaurants is rising.



• Traditional cuisine of Papua New Guinea is based on root crops such as taro, kaukau and yams, sago and pig (cooked in the earth on traditional feasts).

• Mumu is a traditional dish combining roast pork, sweet potatoes, rice and greens.

• Local fruits include pineapples, pawpaws, mangoes, passion fruit and bananas.

Things to know: 

Waiter service is usual. Bills include a 10% sales tax.


Not customary and discouraged.

Regional drinks: 

Alcohol is readily available and includes Australian and Filipino beers.