Christmas Island cuisine
There are an additional 2,000+ people living at the Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre. Their meals are flown in by the Australian Government via operator Serco.
In recent years, the supply of fresh food has been impacted by a number of major incidents. In January 2012, the MV Tycoon crashed into the island's main dock at Flying Fish Cove, preventing subsequent fresh-food deliveries from reaching the island. When food supplies by ship are not available, air-freighted deliveries have been known to sell out within hours.
Traditionally, chickens were kept on the island and locals produced their own pickled eggs and Chinese century eggs. Dishes that made use of the chickens themselves were popular along with dishes that included the local Christmas Island red crab.
- Christmas Island: Food by Mark Rochfort (Shorefire, 2006)
- No paradise on Christmas Island by Paige Taylor (The Australian, 25 May 2009)
- Fresh food fears for Christmas Island by Rebecca Trigger (The West Australian, 10 January 2012)
- Christmas Island: An Anthropological Study. Cambria Press. 2008. pp. 109–. ISBN 978-1-60497-510-9. Retrieved 26 April 2013.