July 15, 2014
Taranaki river rocks base for high tech hangi
It’s the stones that make the difference, according to the inventor of a new portable hangi.
Waitara-based John Tipene of of Ngati Awa and Tainui is selling a hangi cooker that uses hand-picked river stones to cook the food.
The kohatu are in the bottom of a square shaped stainless steel box, and they’re heated up by a blower attached to any regular gas bottle.
"Before I ship my cookers out I do a pre-run on them to make sure there aren't any that are still holding moisture and susceptible to explosion so they get a pre-heat and the thing with the kohatu is the more you use them they bettter they get, they hold thir heat longer aand they heat up quicker and of course they deliver the authenticity of the hangi kai and that's the point of difference between these cookers and everything else that pretends to be hangi cookers," he says.
Mr Tipene says hangi food is something that reminds Maori of home.
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