What is the best meal you have had on vacation? Trying local food in a new country is a great way to experience the culture firsthand. The Cook Islands’ cuisine is centered around fresh seafood, exotic fruits and vegetables, and exciting blends of flavors. Ika Mata, arguably the most popular dish in the Cook Islands, is made with freshly caught fish that is “cooked” in lemon juice, before being combined with fresh coconut cream, onion, and chilis. Perfect for a starter or light lunch, this island classic is typically served with a side salad.