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Top 10 Foods to Eat in Australia

by Travelbag on 26 January 2018, 17:01PM

The Land Down Under is famous for many things – koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock – so food may not immediately spring to mind when you’re planning a holiday to Australia. But it should. There are several tasty treats for you to try while you’re on the other side of the world. Plus, there are so many great ways you can make the most of the food – and it’s mainly thanks to the great weather. You could stock up at the supermarket and have a picnic in a park, or have a classic Australian BBQ on the beach – no trip would be complete without throwing some shrimp on the Barbie. And, in the likes of Melbourne and Sydney, you'll have plenty of restaurant options. Expect to see a lot of Indian, Japanese, African and Mediterranean influences across the menus. But, if you want to tuck into a few authentic Aussie bites, here are the top 10 foods you should try.


1. Lamington Cake

This sweet treat is the national cake of Australia. Two light, square-shaped sponges are sandwiched together with jam or cream, and coated in a mixture of desiccated coconut and chocolate icing – the perfect afternoon snack with a cup of tea. It’s listed as an Australian icon by the National Trust of Queensland, so you’ve definitely got to have a slice. The first recipe was published back in 1903, and is thought to have been created by the cook of Lord Lamington, who was Governor of Queensland at the time. .


2. Tim Tams

It's safe to say that Tim Tams are one of Australia’s most popular exports. Every year, 35 million packets of these deliciously chocolatey treats are sold around the world – that’s 400 million biscuits. What is a Tim Tam, you ask? It’s two malted chocolate biscuits, sandwiched together between a light chocolate filling, then coated in yet another layer of silky chocolate. You simply must try a Tim Tam on your holiday – it’d be rude not to, right?


3. Pavlova

This one is a bit of a contentious issue between Aussies and New Zealanders. The Pavlova is an institution in both countries, and both have laid claim to inventing the delicious dessert – it was made to honour Anna Pavlova's visit to Australasia in the 1920s. Whoever had the honour of creating the first Pavlova, one thing is certain – it’s yummy. A snow-white meringue decorated with fresh fruit and whipped cream makes an ideal, and very impressive, celebratory dessert.


4. Dagwood Dog

Typically associated with the Sydney Royal Easter Show but also popular at fairs, festivals, sporting events and the like, these battered and deep-fried frankfurters served on a stick. It's an Australian street food staple. Depending on the region, they might also be referred to as Pluto Pups or Dippy Dogs. Somewhat similarly, the sausage sizzle, a nod to Australians' British heritage, can also be widely found at events, markets and celebrations.


5. Vegemite

This world-famous creation was cleverly invented by Dr Cyril Callister, a scientist based in Melbourne, to utilise left-over yeast from the beer production process. Love it or hate it, Vegemite is an undeniable Australian icon.


6. Cherry Ripe

This is Australia’s oldest chocolate bar. Made from cherries and coconut, and generously covered in dark chocolate, the Cherry Ripe was first created in 1924. Remaining popular and promising a 'big cherry taste', the Cherry Ripe has a lot of history and good memories for many Australians.


7. Kangaroo

Hear us out. We know kangaroos are cute… but they also taste great. Perfect for those who like their steak cooked rare or medium, kangaroo works especially well with garlic, pepper and rosemary, as well as fruitier flavours like juniper, redcurrant, plum and orange. It’s also low in fat, so you don’t have to feel too bad about eating Skippy.


8. Chiko Roll

Inspired by Chinese spring rolls, the Chiko Roll was first sold in 1951, and although the name suggests otherwise, they don't contain any chicken. Instead, a combination of cabbage, barley, carrot, onion, celery and beef fills the inside of these battered tubes, which are then deep-fried. A staple on-the-go snack, Chiko Rolls are typically found in local fish and chip shops, sporting events and train station snack vendors.


9. Fairy Bread

A staple of children's parties, fairy bread is an easy to make and widely popular treat. Sliced white bread is generously buttered before being covered in hundreds and thousands and cut into triangles. The best thing about fairy bread is that no one really knows where it originated, so it will remain as mysterious as the precise reason why bread tastes better when cut into triangles.


10. Bush Tucker

Australia’s Aboriginal people have hunted and gathered food from the Outback for centuries. And bush tucker – which includes emu, crocodile, yams, bush tomato, and witchetty grubs – is still eaten today, by Aboriginal peoples living in remote areas of the country. Like kangaroo, many of these native and traditional ingredients have been incorporated into contemporary cuisine. So, if you’re sticking to the coast rather than heading into the bush, you can still find these dishes in city restaurants. Keep your eyes peeled.


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