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13 PROMINENT FOODS TO TRY IN AUSTRALIA

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13 PROMINENT FOODS TO TRY IN AUSTRALIA

There is a vast range of Australian foods. The cuisine is heavily influenced by Europe, and you’ll frequently spot adapted staples from British and Italian cuisine. Australian cuisine is also influenced by Asian cuisine, especially Chinese, so be prepared to see food adaptations like spring rolls. And, of course, some of Australia’s finest foods are created originally in Australia itself – like the beloved Tim Tam chocolate biscuits.

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Anzac biscuits

13 PROMINENT FOODS TO TRY IN AUSTRALIA

Associated with Anzac Day on April 25, the cookie is a crunchy remembrance of the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in World War I. It’s Australian food with a back story.

The Anzac biscuit was made by wives during the war and sent to soldiers, because the basic ingredients (rolled oats, flour, sugar, desiccated coconut, golden syrup, butter, bicarbonate of soda, and water) were able to keep for a long time, even on lengthy boat journeys.

Pea and ham soup

 

The ideal winter meal that arguably has British origins, pea, and ham soup is a simple offering that has been served up in farmhouse kitchens for decades. Add sliced frankfurters or smoked sausage to make it even heartier.

Lamingtons

The lamington is commonly referred to as the “National Cake of Australia.” The National Trust of Queensland even named the lamington one of Australia’s favorite icons. This square-shaped sponge cake is coated in a layer of chocolate icing and desiccated coconut. It sometimes comes in two halves with a layer of cream or jam in the middle. Found commonly throughout cafes as a perfect accompaniment to tea and coffee, it’s baked chiefly for fundraising events.

Lamb leg roast

13 PROMINENT FOODS TO TRY IN AUSTRALIA

Many a straying son or daughter returns home for Sunday lunch when mum’s cooking a lamb roast. It’s the garlic, rosemary, and olive oil that makes this piece of meat delicious and delicate. It’s then served with enough baked potatoes to end any family disputes. Though its origins may be beyond Australian borders, Aussies will proudly claim only they know how to put on a good one.

Fish ‘n’ chips by the beach

If it’s wrapped in yesterday’s news, it’s an Australian version of fish ‘n’ chips. The sun is up, the water’s fresh and you’re hungry. What to go for? Australia has some of the best seafood in the world and that means you’re almost guaranteed fresh fish served with salt and lemon and wrapped in either white wrapping or yesterday’s newspaper.

John Dory fillets

Found mostly in Australian waters including Sydney Harbor, John Dory is a popular fish species in local cuisine. Battered and fried and served with chips, or pan-fried with herbed oil on a bed of mashed potato with salad, this is a versatile, meaty fish and popular Australian food.

Barbecued snags

13 PROMINENT FOODS TO TRY IN AUSTRALIA

Nothing is more Australian than hosting a BBQ with friends or family. And at the heart of any good barbie is a selection of quality Australian snags – from the traditional pork or beef to those flavored with herbs and spices from around the world.

There’s something homey about a snag in a roll or a slice of bread covered in your favorite sauce, perhaps with some fried onion on top and some spuds on the side. A sausage sizzle put on outside the local hardware store on Sundays makes a bit of DIY that much more appealing.

Tim Tam

Arnott’s (which produces Tim Tams) says that around 35 million packs are sold each year. That’s 400 million biscuits at an average of 1.7 packs per Australian. A light chocolate filling separates the two layers of the popular chocolate biscuit, which is then covered in melted chocolate. It makes sense that they are now available in supermarkets all around the world.

Sausage rolls

Sausage meat wrapped in pastry and oven-baked is the lunch of choice for many Australians. Though many countries love the taste of a good sausage roll, Australia leads the way in modern adaptations of the simple scoff. Here, culinary influences from around the world have been merged to create unique taste experiences and genuine Australian food.

SAO biscuit

Founded as a charity biscuit, it used to be distributed by Salvation Army Officers (thus SAO). SAO is a light-textured square biscuit that’s made by rolling dough into thin sheets, then cutting it into squares. It’s often used to make a crispy sandwich by spreading on a layer of topping, such as Vegemite and butter.

Chicken Parmigiana

An Italian name, but a bona fide Australian pub classic, the parmigiana was an eggplant dish in Italy and has since evolved into a chicken schnitzel topped with an Italian-inspired tomato sauce and melted cheese. A perfect union.

Sometimes it will also be topped with ham or prosciutto. Usually with a beer on “parma night” at the local pub. Another lovely union.

Hamburger with beetroot

You can eat burgers anywhere in the world, but nothing is more Australian than putting a piece of beetroot on top of a pattie made with Aussie beef. That soft bun, all-beef pattie, and cheese is simply not properly done without the finishing touch of beetroot.

It’s so great that Ronald McDonald attempted to join the trend many years ago with a McOz. But its natural home is the local takeaway joint or local pub.

Grilled kangaroo

13 PROMINENT FOODS TO TRY IN AUSTRALIA

Why not eat the national animal? In certain places, the terrain is overrun with ‘roos. Plus, the methane-free kangaroo is low in fat. This is not for lovers of well-done meat as it’s prone to drying out. It’s generally cooked rare to medium, often primarily on one side.

Garlic, pepper, juniper, rosemary, and fruity flavors like plum, red currant, and orange go well with kangaroo. And no, koalas are not deep-fried in Australia.

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