Taste traditionally cooked food unearthed from the underground oven.
A Bayngaa is an underground oven used to cook food for ceremonial purposes including weddings, burials and celebrations. A large pit is dug, then a fire is made from hardwood and allowed to die down to hot coals. The pit is lined with Tea Tree Bark (Gidi). Native Ginger and Lemon Myrtle are added for flavour, then white hot volcanic stones are placed on top using Lawyer Cane (Bugul) tongs.
Meat (Minya) is wrapped in Ginger (Munyin) or Banana leaves and carefully placed amongst the hot stones, edible Yams (Wulmbi) are layered next and finally Fish and Eggs (Dingal), with more hot stones laid on top.
The Bayngga is covered with a layer of earth and left to cook. Food is eaten with the fingers, from plates made from Candlenut (Ngabala) leaves. The Bayngaa will be unearthed at 12pm daily, please join us for a taste test!