Australia offers many unique options for all tastes, whether you are new to Australia, a friend who is visiting, or just a way to broaden your horizons.
1. Chicken Parmigiana
The Aussie classic chicken dish is a staple on almost every pub menu. It has its roots in Italian-American cuisine. It was originally an eggplant-based dish, but these are still available for vegetarians. However, it has since evolved to a chicken schnitzel with tomato sauce, cheese, and prosciutto Ham. This dish is usually served with chips and salad. However, there is a divide between those who believe the chips should be placed under the parmy and those who believe they should be on the side.
2. Barbecued snags (aka sausages)
Aussies love grilling, so it’s not surprising that they love sausages. Australian sausages are typically made from pork or beef. But, if you feel adventurous, there are many other animal options. Wrap your sausage in a slice bread and add your favorite sauce.
According to the Australian Meat Industry Council’s Sausage King competition the best beef snags can be found in Wollongong and the best pork bangers from Mawson, ACT.
After the National Trust of Queensland declared this sweet treat the ‘National Cake of Australia,’ it is widely recognized as an Australian icon. It was named after Lord Lamington (a former Governor of Queensland).
A lamington is a small square-shaped sponge that’s dipped into chocolate and then coated with desiccated cocoa. There are other variations, including two layers with a cream or jam filling. Many consider this an essential addition. These cookies are great with a cup of Melbourne’s famous coffee or a nice cup if bush tea. They can also be found in many good cafes and bakeries.
The cake was first made in Toowoomba but it has been a national hit. The current winner of the best lamington award in Australia is Kytons Bakery, Adelaide.
4. A burger with “the whole lot”
The Aussie gut-buster with the whole lot is a burger that includes tomato, lettuce, onions, and a juicy meat pat. For an Australian twist, you can stuff a burger bun with barbecued meat, salad, sauce, and then add a slice or pineapple, pickled beetroot, and a fried eggs. This is the perfect way to relax after a long day at the beach or surfing.
MTV claims that Burger Me Fresh Coolangatta has the best burgers in Australia. Although it might seem far to get a meal, people don’t travel as much without this incentive.
This famous dessert was invented by both Australia and New Zealand. It was named after Anna Pavlova, a Russian ballerina who visited Australasia in 1920s. The pavlova is a true Australian after-dinner dessert. Its crispy meringue crust and light fruit filling make it a hit with the whole family.
Australian claims to the dish were based on a 1935 recipe that a Perth hotel owner wrote. However, recent research suggests that the dish originated in Germany and evolved into its current form in America.
6. Meat pies
A pie can be thought of as a pie. It can come in any flavor and any filling. A traditional Australian pie should always be made by hand, with mincemeat and gravy and topped with tomato sauce. The gourmet version is made with mashed potato and mushypeas. However, any other variation will fall under the same category.
Feast on fresh Australian barramundi instead of fish and chips. This name means “large-scaled riverfish” in Rockhampton’s Aboriginal language. It’s an Australian favorite and is a healthier choice to battered fish.
You can catch your own fish or let someone else do the work. Heading up to Queensland will give you the best fish in Australia.
8. Vegemite on Toast
Vegemite on Toast is a simple but well-loved dish that can be used for breakfast, lunch, or any other time. Vegemite, a vegetarian version of British Marmite, is made from yeast extract.
Toast two slices of bread and spread butter on both sides. Use Vegemite sparingly. This is not something you would want to spread on with peanut butter or chocolate spread.
Vegemite was invented by a Melbournian and is rich in vitamin B. It has many health benefits, including the belief it keeps mozzies away.
9. Pumpkin soup
Australian food doesn’t just include grilled meats or seafood. There are many vegetarian options, such as a hearty bowl pumpkin soup. Pumpkin soup is best enjoyed by the fire and is best served in the winter months. Granny Smith apples, first grown outside of Sydney, can be added to make an authentic Australian version.
10. Grilled kangaroo
Kangaroo is a delicious and lean meat that’s also a national symbol. You should make sure your steak is cooked to perfection. Kangaroo can dry out quickly if it’s left on the grill for too long.
This Australian food tastes almost exactly like beef. Kangaroo is richer in iron and protein than beef and has fewer calories. It is also rich in omega-3.