Experience Australia’s love affair with food first-hand as you taste your way across the nation.
Australian food is getting a makeover, and it’s no surprise. Visitors and locals alike are spoilt for choice, with traditional foods getting the gourmet treatment. Every region throws up its own unique, fresh artisan options and cross-cultural cuisines.
But there still are several must-try dishes that you can find across the nation.
AVOCADO ON TOAST
A much-loved staple at the Australian breakfast table, especially when eating out for breakfast. A true local delicacy, consisting of mashed avocado served on a couple of slices of toasted, crusty bread. Also known as an avo smash, it can be served up in a variety of ways. You can find it mixed with feta cheese, sprinkled with sesame seeds, sea salt or virgin olive oil, or it could be even served with mango salsa or topped with poached eggs. The choice is aplenty making this the one dish you can’t leave Australia without trying.
THE MODERN MEAT PIE
The once humble meat pie that has been a part of Australian working-class history has come a long way. This quick takeaway snack found in numerous gas stations and convenience stores across the country is traditionally made of beef and topped with tomato sauce. However, now countless modern varieties include preparations from the classic beef and gravy to creamy scallop, lamb shank or even vegetable curry. You will also find more complicated recipes with – sweet potato, pea, chicken and lime pickle creation that are something different.
BACON AND EGG ROLL
Bacon and eggs for breakfast might be a British tradition, but in Australia, this dish has evolved into a popular grab-and-go snack, served in a bread roll with tomato sauce or ketchup. Every Australian city offers this treat, with different local cultural communities adding their own creative mixes. The most common however is bacon and eggs served in an artisan (fresh) bread roll, filled with grains or topped with seeds.
A fancy name for Just a square of sponge cake, soaked in chocolate sauce and then rolled in coconut. But when put together, the sum is much higher than the parts. Considered by many to be Australia’s national cake, this beloved local delicacy can be found in trendy cafés as well as neighborhood bakeries. This treat is usually served as is, but some prefer theirs filled with jam and cream in the middle. Australia is obsessed with all things salted caramel that has also resulted in the popular salted caramel lamington.
SUPER FRESH SEAFOOD
When it comes to seafood, Australians like to keep it simple. A popular snack at pubs across Australia is the “bucket of prawns” – a silver bucket of cold cooked shrimp usually accompanied by a glass of chilled white wine or beer.
A mainstay on most menus within sight of the ocean is the local, fresh oysters – giant and creamy ones from Coffin Bay in South Australia, the celebrated rock oysters while visiting the Harbour City in Sydney.
Barramundi is a white, firm-fleshed fish, similar in taste to snapper, that is hugely popular in Australia, particularly in Darwin, where it is caught in the morning and served up at lunchtime.
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