Kawakawa is a plant that is widely used in Maori culture for cooking, drinking and medicine. Similar to Vietnamese culture, any plants or herbs in cooking also help with health. Grilling is one of the oldest techniques to cook food. Wrapping ground beef that is mixed and well seasoned with soy, salt, pepper and lemongrass in Kawakawa leaves adds an extra layer of taste to the meat after being finished on the grill.
I hope that this dish will become popular in Aotearoa/New Zealand, especially since a BBQ is the time that friends and family gather together to share the joy and love of food.