Top 10 Australian Foods You Have to Try
It’s perhaps no big surprise when I say that Australia isn’t really known for its food. It’s known for its deserts, the heat, the giant, poisonous spiders, snakes and scorpions.
It’s even known for its beautiful nature, and the fantastic Australian barbecue. But Australian food? Most people outside of Australia (and perhaps New Zealand) wouldn’t be able to name even one authentic Australian dish.
But you’d be surprised at the delicious and unique food that’s waiting for you down under. If you ever decide to travel to Australia, I’ve got a list of the top 10 foods you definitely have to try while you’re there.
Lamingtons are often referred to the National Cake of Australia, and for good reason. The cake is composed of a square sponge cake that is covered in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut. The sauce is left to set into the cake, leaving the texture unique and unforgettable.
Lamingtons are often also made with jam and cream stuffed in the middle. You can find these delicious treats at most cafes to enjoy with your tea or coffee.
To honor the Russian ballerina named Anna Pavlova, who visited Australia in the 1920s, Australian chef Herbert Sachse supposedly created the Pavlova—a light, fluffy cake topped with cream and fresh fruits.
The cake is made of a beautiful meringue base that is covered in a deliciously wispy whipped cream and fresh berries, strawberries, and whatever else is in season.
It is amazingly popular in Australia and New Zealand, to the point that New Zealand claims to be the true originator of this dessert.
OK, many people may disagree here on the “deliciousness” angle, but they’ll definitely agree that it is unique. Vegemite is a pretty salty, slightly bitter, umami (meaty) flavored paste that most Australians seem to love.
It is made from vegetables, spices and yeast extract, and is one of the most popular foods in Australia. However, it may be more of an acquired taste for most visitors. If you end up trying it (which you should, for cultural reasons), spread it on some warm toast and enjoy the experience.
#4 Tim Tams
This is a type of food that I think most people will enjoy. Tim Tams are delicious chocolate treats that are made of two choco-malt biscuits stuffed with a light chocolate filling. The whole thing is then covered in melted chocolate.
For visitors trying it for the first time, you need to do the Tim Tam Slam. Here, you bit off both sides of the Tim Tam and proceed to use it as a square straw to drink up your coffee or tea (I prefer coffee). The fun is that you’ll have to wolf the biscuit down before it breaks apart from the hot drink.
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#5 Sausage Rolls
Although you can find decent sausage rolls in many places around the world, the Australian sausage rolls are a must-have—even a tradition—for the after party crowd.
Sausage rolls are the perfect snack to take around with you anywhere, and you can find them in most cafes, bars and other stops. They’re crispy and flaky on the outside, and warm tender and juicy on the inside—and highly irresistible.
#6 Meat Pies
These fantastic little pies share the same popularity and reputation as the sausage rolls—a delicious staple found nearly everywhere.
The warm, flaky hand-held pastry filled with delicious, savory meat that you can enjoy on the go is essential bar hop (or post-bar hop) food. In fact, most people love to eat meat pies after a good night out with essential mushy peas and gravy on top.
#7 Beetroot on Burgers
If you enjoy a good burger every now and then (or more often), you’ll definitely have to try the “Aussie burger” or “Oz” wherever you can find it.
This Australian adaptation of the American classic food is a standard burger or cheeseburger topped surprisingly with beetroot.
The interesting inclusion of canned beetroot to American burgers apparently goes back to the 1940s, and it’s spread like wildfire across Australia.
#8 Kangaroo Meat
Unless you’re a vegetarian or are strongly opposed to its meat, kangaroo is a must-try on your culinary tour of Australia.
It is one of the staple meats in the country and used in all kinds of food such as steak, sausages, burgers and everything else.
You might be surprised at how tasty the food can be, but you might have a hard time finding it back in your home.
For those more concerned with a healthier lifestyle (or just plain lovers of fish), you definitely need to taste Australia’s barramundi. This type of fish is sweet, fluffy, and savory and another staple of Australian cuisine.
This fish is best grilled or baked simply with salt, pepper and lemon juice, not decimated with fish and chips. You’ll want to enjoy every bit of this amazing fish.
#10 Anzac Biscuits
Anzac biscuits were first created in WWI to help provide Australian soldiers with delicious treats that could last the journey.
They have a great nutritional value because of the oats and can stay fresh for a long time by avoiding using eggs. The biscuits have a dark, delicious flavor due to the golden syrup or treacle used as a binding agent.
These biscuits are delicious by themselves, with tea or coffee.
What are your favorite Australian dishes? Let us know in the comments below.