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Dining Etiquette and Drinking

The national dish is loaka, which is a kind of stew or soup in which most of what is available is cooked together; it is eaten, whenever possible, with rice. Rice is the national grain, and almost all meals are accompanied with a bowl of sakay, or a spice mixture for seasoning, which includes peppers, ginger, and garlic. The national drink is ranovola, a health drink made from water and the leftover rice in the pot. As a guest. you will always be served hanikotrana, a snack of sweets and vegetables, and a cool drink or tea when you visit.

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