One of the main dishes of dish of Tahiti is poisson cru. While poisson cru literally means "raw fish" in French, it's less daring but tastier than the name suggests. The chunks of fresh fish are first marinated in lemon juice which "cooks" them slightly, then mixed with fresh salad veggies, and doused in coconut milk. Poisson cru is on nearly every menu in the island and in a way its flavor defines Tahiti as sweet, refreshing, tender, and exotic.Most of the time poisson cru is made with fresh tuna but it can be made with other fish too. In the Tuamotu, it's often made with parrotfish and it can be made with jack fish, halibut or snapper. There are people in Canada who claim to have made it with fresh salmon with great success. Some people add chopped garlic or ginger, but most think that simpler is better - nothing beats the unadorned mix of lemon and coconut milk.