Food is a gateway to a country’s culture.
What people eat explains a great deal about a society, the landscape, the environment of a country, the aesthetics, the rituals, as well as the general outlook on life. A traditional dish at a restaurant sometimes hardly begins to explain how a grandma goes about compiling the ingredients to make it (unless grandma is the cook).
If you are headed to Australia, eat like a local and try some of the country’s staples foods.
Here is a list of 5 Scrumptious Foods to try Down Under:
1. MEAT PIE
The classic Australian meat pie is a popular food item the locals adore.
They love it so much that there are annual Australian meat pie competitions around the country.
Stuffed with minced meat, gravy, mushrooms, onions, cheese or various other ingredients, these pies are best eaten with tomato sauce.
As it is a popular food item, you can find meat pies almost everywhere you go in Australia, from small convenience stores, to bakeries, cafes and supermarkets. They even make a great late night snack if you happen to be out late.
Meat pie to try for in Melbourne : Cooper’s Handmade Pies
Australia has laid claim to this dessert named after a Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who visited Australia and New Zealand in 1920.
Pavlova is a meringue cake base that is topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
“Pav” as the locals call it, can be found in cake shops, bakeries and supermarket chains.
Pavlova to try for in Sydney : Rockpool Bar and Grill
Lamington is known as the national cake of Australia. It is often eaten on Australia Day. This delicious treat is definitely one of Australia’s favourite icons!
The dessert is believed to have been made by accident by a servant of the British eighth Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington.
The square-shaped sponge cake is dipped in chocolate and coated with dried coconut shavings.
Lamingtons can be found in many bakeries and cake stores around Australia.
One of the best lamingtons to try for in Melbourne & Sydney : Movida
Oyster lovers should head for Australia to indulge in treats of fresh oysters harvested from Australian waters!
There are 3 main types of oysters found in Australia – the Pacific, the Sydney Rock and the Angasi oysters.
Eaten either raw or cooked, largely depends on how fresh they are and the species. After opening the shell, which will take some guidance, you simply have to tip the oyster into your mouth.
Good oysters will usually be smooth and have a great balance of sweetness and saltiness.
Best oysters to try for in Tasmania : Swansea
5. FISH AND CHIPS
This seafood favourite might not have been originally created in Australia, but thanks to the fresh fish the country has, the Australians have definitely learnt to perfect it.
Served with a fresh piece of fried fish, delicious sauce and chunky chips, you are almost guaranteed to find this dish in Australia if you are near the beach or any harbour. Be it a quaint humble store or a seafood restaurant, you can never go wrong choosing fish and chips!
Fish & Chips to try for in Perth : Fremantle – any of the restaurants along the harbour