Local food is an important part of any holiday. Australia offers many unique options for all tastes, whether you are new to Australia, a friend visiting, or just a way to broaden your horizons.
1) Chicken Parmigiana
The Aussie classic chicken dish is a staple on almost every pub menu. It has its roots in Italian-American cuisine. It was originally an eggplant-based dish, but these are still available for vegetarians. However, it has evolved into a chicken schnitzel with tomato sauce, cheese, and prosciutto ham. This dish is usually served with chips and salad. However, there’s some disagreement about whether the chips should be placed under the party or on the side.
2) Barbecued snags (aka sausages)
Aussies love grilling, so it’s not surprising that they love sausages. Australian sausages are typically made from pork or beef. But, if you feel adventurous, there are many other animal options. Wrap your sausage in a sliced of bread and add your favourite sauce.
Widely recognized as the ‘National Cake of Australia,’ the National Trust of Queensland named this sweet treat after Lord Lamington (a former Governor of Queensland).
A lamington is a small square-shaped sponge dipped into chocolate and then coated with desiccated cocoa. Other variations include two layers with a cream or jam filling. Many consider this an essential addition. These cookies are great with a cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee or a nice cup of bush tea. They can also be found in many good cafes and bakeries.
4) A hamburger with ‘the whole.’
The Aussie gut-buster with the whole lot is a burger that includes tomato, lettuce, onions, and a juicy meat pat. For an Australian twist, you can stuff a burger bun with barbecued meat, salad, sauce, and then add a slice of pineapple, pickled beetroot, and fried eggs. This is the perfect way to relax after a long day at the beach or surfing.
Both Australia and New Zealand invented this famous dessert. It was named after Anna Pavlova, a Russian ballerina who visited Australasia in the 1920s. The pavlova is a true Australian after-dinner dessert. Its crispy meringue crust and light fruit filling make it a hit with the whole family.
The Australian claim to the dish is in a 1935 recipe written by a Perth hotel owner. However, recent research suggests that the dish originated in Germany and then evolved into its current form in America.
Australian sweets are perfect for sweet-toothed people, no matter where they come from.
6) Meat pies
A pie can be thought of as a pie. It can come in any flavour and any filling. A traditional Australian pie should always be made by hand, with mincemeat and gravy and topped with tomato sauce. The gourmet version is made with mashed potato and mushy peas. However, any other variation falls within a different category.
Feast on fresh Australian barramundi instead of fish and chips. This name means “large-scaled river fish” in Rockhampton’s Aboriginal language. It’s an Australian favourite and is a healthier choice for battered fish.
You can catch your fish or let someone else do the work for you. Heading up to Queensland will get you some of our best fish.
8) Vegemite on Toast
Vegemite on Toast is a simple but well-loved dish that can be used for breakfast, lunch, or any other time. Vegemite, a vegetarian version of British Marmite, is yeast extract.
Toast two slices of bread and spread butter on both sides. Use Vegemite sparingly. This is not something you would want to spread with peanut butter or chocolate spread.
Vegemite was invented by a Melbournian and is packed with vitamin B. It has many health benefits, including the belief it keeps mozzies away.
9) Pumpkin soup
Australian food doesn’t just include grilled meats or seafood. There are many vegetarian options, such as a hearty bowl of pumpkin soup. Pumpkin soup is best enjoyed by the fire and is best served in winter. Granny Smith apples, first grown outside of Sydney, can be added to make an authentic Australian version.
10) Grilled kangaroo
Kangaroo is a delicious and lean meat that’s also a national symbol. You should make sure your steak is cooked to perfection. Kangaroo can dry out quickly if it’s left on the grill for too long.
This Australian food tastes almost exactly like beef. Kangaroo is richer in iron and protein than beef and has fewer calories. It is also rich in omega-3.