What do you know about Australian food? Australia is not just incredible landscapes and dangerous nature since it has plenty of incredible dishes. We’ve listed 10 Australian dishes that will make your mouth water!
Vegemite is a very famous Australian food. Foreigners often want to try it when they visit Australia. And most of them hate it! But what is it? Similar to UK’s Marmite, it’s a dark brown paste made from various vegetable, yeast extract and spice additives. Australians usually prefer to eat it on bread or toast with butter but also with tomato, melted cheese, or avocado.
2. Meat Pies
If you aren’t Australian, for you, pies are a dessert that includes fruits. But Australia has its own kind of pies: the meat pies! There are several flavours but they are usually stuffed with minced meat, gravy, mushrooms, onions and cheese, and topped with tomato sauce. Since they are hand-sized, Aussies often eat it as a snack on the go. Meat pies are sold in almost every bakery, supermarket, and corner shops.
Contrary to what ‘pavlova’ sounds like, it’s not a Russian dessert. The Aussies and the Kiwis have forever claimed to be the ‘inventor’ of the Pavlova. This meringue-based cake is topped with whipped cream and fruit. It was created in honour of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova’s visit to Wellington in 1926. Even though its origin is debated, it’s still a delicious cake that you absolutely have to try!
4. Witchetty Grub
If you really want to experience the most authentic of bush tucker then a Witchetty Grub is the way to go. Some describe the taste as similar to that of chicken while others say it’s more nutty-flavoured. These larvae being protein-packed, Aboriginal Australians have eaten these for thousands of years.
Tourists usually take pictures of kangaroos in the wild. But these cute marsupials are also an Australian dish. It’s actually very common meat that you’ll find in supermarkets and on restaurant menus. Australians it in many ways: burgers, steaks, sausages, and much more.
Another Australian dish is barramundi. It’s almost impossible to travel around Australia and not see Barramundi on the menu at least once. Barramundi is a type of sea-bass found in Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Barramundi – an Aboriginal name – literally translates to “large-scaled silver fish”. Try it grilled, fried or seared skin-side first.
7. Black coffee and smashed avocado
Even though avocados aren’t from Australia, Aussies love a black coffee with smashed avocado. It’s been a hit among Australians since Bill Granger started serving it with olive oil, lime, and salt at his cafe in 1993.
8. Australian prawns
9. Anzac biscuits
ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. During WWI, the wives of these soldiers would bake these biscuits and send them off to their husbands. The Anzac biscuits were designed to have maximum nutritional value and to be able to stay fresh on the long sea journeys. The recipe includes oats, golden syrup, and coconut… yum! Oh and here’s a fun fact: in Australia, it’s illegal to label these biscuits as cookies!
10. Pickled beetroot
Overall, Australian cuisine is very diverse so, no matter what your tastes, you’ll definitely find dishes to your taste!