Traditional Australian Dishes

Australia has no shortage of wonders. The beaches, the heat, the locals and the exotic animals are just some of the reasons to visit the Land Down Under. What you don’t hear about as often as you should is the Aussie food. We hope you enjoy our selection of the finest traditional Aussie dishes. There is more to Australian cuisine than putting shrimp on the barbie.

Pavlova

We know that this dessert is named after the ballerina, but the origin of the dessert is a bit of a controversial topic, as both Australia and New Zealand claim it as their own invention.

Regardless of where it truly comes from, Pavlova is a delicious dessert made from meringue that has a soft crust and whipped cream with fruit on top. Of course, there are several variations when it comes to fruit used or personal preferences regarding other ingredients, but this dish is something everyone would love to have at their dinner table.

A Burger with “the Lot”

This dish is simply a must for people who like to top their food with an incalculable amount of toppings. There are barbecued meat, sauce, and salads, but what separates this burger from those all over the world is the addition of exotic ingredients, like pickled beetroot and a slice of pineapple.

Meat Pie

When we talk about pies, we usually think about crunchy crust and meat, cheese or fruit filling. However, in Australia, meat pies are somewhat different. Each pie is hand-sized for easy consumption, filled with meat and gravy, and topped with tomato sauce. If this isn’t enough to sustain you throughout the day, we recommend sampling the gourmet version. In addition to previous ingredients, there are also peas and potatoes.

Barramundi

Barramundi is actually a fish that can be found in Queensland. It is also known as the Asian sea bass and, besides Australian dishes, it is very popular in Thai cuisine. It is perfect for fans of seafood and those who wish to have a meal that is both delicious and healthy.

Vegemite

You may have heard of Marmite before. If you haven’t, Marmite is a British food, spread on bread and made from yeast extract. Vegemite is the Australian version of Marmite – apart from the extract gained from leftover yeast after the brewing process, it contains various vegetables and spices. We also recommend trying out AussieMite and Promite.

Fairy Bread

This dish is very popular at children’s parties. It is bread, cut out in triangles, spread with butter or margarine and covered with hundreds and thousands. It has a striking combination of sweet and savory, and its appearance has certainly justified the name.

Iced VoVo

Not many dishes are as Australian as an Iced VoVo. It is essentially a wheat flour biscuit with some raspberry jam and coconuts. It has become an inseparable part of the Australian cuisine in 2007 when then-PM Kevin Rudd made a comment about having a cup of tea and Iced VoVo before going to work.

Lamb Leg Roast

While other countries have their own recipes with the lamb roast, Australia has seen to it to make this dish their own by covering the lamb leg with juices containing rosemary, garlic, and olive oil. The dish is served with baked potatoes.

 

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