Australian Cuisine: What to Try and What Not to Try

What do they eat in Australia?

What do you eat in Australia?

The question of why the Aborigines ate Cook has plagued generations of historians and cooks. Whatever happened, it’s in the distant past and Australian cuisine, known as bush tucker or bushfood, is a truly exotic gastronomic phenomenon.

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The country is famous for its vast array of animals, plants, fruits, such as quandong, davidsonia, taro and inyam, which are found nowhere else in the world – and all this splendor goes to work. Australian dishes are prepared with meat from crocodiles, kangaroos, and emu ostrich; fish include whiting, barracuda, shpeper, and shark; and Tasmanian pepper, tulasi, and lemon myrtle are added as spices.

The Aborigines were true experimenters. For example, they learned how to soak the fruit of the Australian chestnut in a certain way and roast it using a special technique. “What could be so unusual about chestnuts?” – you ask. Nothing in our usual chestnut, but the Australian one is extremely poisonous, no less than the Japanese delicacy fugu fish, so if you cook it wrong, that’s it… One of the important components of the aboriginal diet is a meal made from the larvae of the silkworm witchetti, which are baked in ashes. In some ways, the delicacy is reminiscent of milk-ripened corn. Many people would dispute the taste of the original dishes, but there is complete unanimity in the assessment of originality: Australian cuisine surprises. And not only with authentic dishes. Colonists and immigrants from European and Asian countries brought their own traditions of culture, including culinary ones. So now Australian cuisine is a fascinating mix of different gastronomic schools.

Traditional Australian cuisine is considered very healthy – it’s high in protein, vegetables, fruit and almost no fatty, unhealthy foods. Australians even worked out a perfect 2:5 formula for a healthy diet, which means for every two fruits, five vegetables must be eaten. Industrially produced foods are marked with asterisks. The more asterisks on the label, the healthier the product. So this is the rating of healthy foods.

The culinary revolution

The last decade of the last century was a landmark in Australian gastronomy. This time is called the beginning of the era of modern Australian cuisine. Local chefs amassed disparate regional, Western and Eastern culinary traditions and offered a whole new perspective on dishes made with regional produce.

– Impeccable freshness of products – Meat, fish, vegetables, fruits are grown on the continent – Absolute originality and development of new flavours – Inexpensive

The interest in Australian cuisine skyrocketed, and foodies began to come to the country especially to get acquainted with the new curiosity. Moreover, Andre Quantro, the President of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris (considering it to be one of the most prestigious schools in the world) said that Australia has overtaken France itself in the last thirty years on the culinary Olympus: “Australia is the place where the cuisine of the 21st century is developing, which will be the classic cooking of tomorrow.

7 dishes to try in Australia

Pasta vegemite

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It is believed that an Australian’s breakfast is not breakfast unless it has been toasted with this pasta. Well, if there is no toast, there must be scrambled eggs, and vejimite pasta is then used as a sauce. The pasta is also put as a topping on cheese rolls with vejimite scrolls. It tastes peculiar and combines salty and bitter notes but is very nutritious and rich in B vitamins.

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The pasta will celebrate its centennial in 2022 and was invented by Cyril Callister in 1922, respectively, combining yeast extract, which is derived from brewery waste, onions, celery and a lot of salt.

Kangaroo steak.

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This dish is an amalgamation of Aboriginal and English colonizer traditions. It is cooked both in a pan and on the grill. Kangaroo meat is first liberally coated with a mixture of herbs and crushed garlic. We do not know if you have ever tasted roe deer meat, but they say that kangaroo meat greatly resembles it in taste. By the way, the meat is dietary: it has practically no fat, lots of protein and linoleic acid, which is famous for its antioxidant properties and helps lose weight.

Barramundi perch

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This perch has an unusual fate: it once evolved from a freshwater fish to a saltwater fish. Centuries ago, that was the name given to a big fish caught in fresh water. At the end of the twentieth century, someone decided it was a sin to lose that sonorous and appealing name, and replaced it with the unsightly name of the white sea bass, Laetes. It must be said that the new name suits this perch: large, almost boneless, with very tender meat. Barramundi perch is traditionally cooked in Australia in two ways: grilled to enjoy its pure flavor – well, maybe with a dash of lemon still, or stuffed with vegetables and spicy herbs and baked in the oven.

Australian meat pie, or marsupial pie

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Kangaroo has nothing to do with the second, no less popular name of this pie: it is so called because the pastry can easily fit into a lady’s bag – the diameter of the pastry does not exceed 10 cm. Meat pie is a must on the table at any significant event and on all holidays. It’s also served at the AFL Grand Final, the national championship soccer tournament. The pie was first made in 1947 in a bakery in Bendigo. There are many variations of recipes, but meat in the filling and ketchup as a decoration are indispensable components.

The pie that got into the soup

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The second famous Australian pie is the float pie. It floats in a thick pea soup Ðie floater. In 2003, it was recognized as the country’s national heritage. You too can get a taste of Australia if you make this dish using our recipe.

Cake in honor of the Russian ballerina

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Pavlova dessert is named after the famous Anna Pavlova. In 1926, she was in Australia on a tour. The chef at the Esplanade Hotel was so impressed by the art of the Russian dancer that he created a dessert of meringue, which symbolized a tutu skirt, and fresh fruit. It is fair to say that New Zealand, where Pavlova performed at the same time, also claims authorship of the recipe. And of course, each state is absolutely certain of its own version of events.

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Another dessert – small biscuits, rectangular or square, covered with chocolate and generously sprinkled with coconut shavings. It was invented in a desperate situation. The governor of Queenslede, Baron Lamington, had a surprise visitor. The kitchen was a mess (although it is hard to believe it: the official was still a high rank, besides the baron). Fortunately, there was yesterday’s stale biscuit. The cook decided to “revive” it. He cut it up in portions, dipped it in melted chocolate and topped it with coconut shavings (as it turned out, the kitchen was not that empty). All in all, the dessert gained fame and was named Baron, but he didn’t earn his love: he thought it was tasteless and crumbly. Today, Australia celebrates National Lamington’s Day on July 21 every year.

10 dishes you must try in Australia.

1. dessert “Pavlova”. (Dessert “Pavlova”) The most popular cake, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. Meringue with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Australians prefer strawberries combined with passion fruit pulp.

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2. Hamburger with beet. (Hamburger with beetroot). Many years ago, Ronald McDonald himself endorsed a hamburger company, so much did he like it.

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3. Chicken and corn soup. Australian cuisine is multinational, with Chinese restaurants scattered all over the cities. Their main dish is chicken and corn soup. It is so good that they call it “Australian soup”.

4. Lamington is a national dessert. Biscuit dipped in chocolate frosting and sprinkled with coconut shavings. Named after the governor of Queensland.

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5. Barramundi (Barramundi). Australian perch. Served in restaurants nationwide. Barramundi is fried, less commonly cooked in stir-fry or battered.

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6. Crilled kangaroo. Usually lightly fried on one side. Combine with red currant, orange and plum and season with juniper berries, pepper and garlic. Kangaroo meat is tough, so it is marinated beforehand. Meat is also stewed and baked, making a delicious filling for dumplings and pies.

7. Fantales. A favorite Austrian treat-chewed caramel covered in milk chocolate.

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8. Ripe Cherry (Cherry Ripe). This chocolate bar has become a best seller in Australia. Made from cherries and coconut, covered with bitter Cadbury chocolate.

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9. elven or fairy bread. Traditional sweet dish of Australia. At base, sliced into triangular slices. It is smeared with butter and sprinkled with candy cane. The best dish for a children’s party.

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10. Puff pastry pie filled with chicken and green chicken curry pie. Australians love pies and Thai food. The Australian version of the pie is Thai chicken with green curry wrapped in a layer of dough.

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Got it all, except for the elf bread.

Imho, that’s bullshit. A primitive flavor that I don’t think (haven’t been to Australia) is any different than bread and sugar.

Beet hamburger is a borschtburger!

Elf bread – as a kid I often ate bread with butter sprinkled with sugar – very tasty. I think it’s the same thing.

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The critters of Australia also have a similar menu of “10 Tourists You Must Try.”

The most delicious thing I’ve eaten in Australia is the saltwater crocodile tail curry. Very tasty, I recommend it.

Kangaroo is not tough at all. The texture of the meat is very similar to the lean part of lamb and is easy and quick to prepare – pan-fried, grilled, whatever. It’s cheap, dietary and delicious.

The most delicious fish in Australia, however, is the snapper (Pagrus auratus) imported from New Zealand.

You don’t have to go to Australia for “pavlova.

How I liked the ripe cherries! In general, the combination of cherries and bitter chocolate-bomb!

And you’ll answer for the kangaroo!

Ronald McDonald is a clown, a fictional character.

The restaurant where I work serves Pavlova, only instead of cream there’s peanut butter mixed in with “butterscotch” and nuts and lemon topping whose name I keep forgetting.

Why not use the word “pie” instead of “pie”?

It’s the best dish for a kid’s party.

No shame in putting it on the table and no pity in eating it.

Cigarettes or food?

And there’s also a scary picture on it, on the whole package ))))

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So much food you can buy in Australia instead of a pack of cigarettes.

P.S. from 25$ for a pack. (from 1500r).

P.P.S. In the photo, a pack of cigarettes costs $ 57. Because it contains 40 pieces. Food, respectively, at 56.

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When they did not find common ground.

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A cracker for every parrot.

A simple Aussie cat eats a simple Aussie python.

A simple Aussie cat eats a simple Aussie python

A typical picnic in Australia

In Australia, about 50 Coconut crabs ran to a family’s picnic. The vacationers ended up having to move elsewhere, while leaving some of the food to the crabs.

Coconut crabs (Birgus latro) have an excellent sense of smell and have no problem climbing the treetops, so the picnic table was no problem for them. Coconut crabs are protected as an endangered species in Australia: catching and eating them is prohibited. Individuals can be up to a meter long and weigh up to four kilograms.

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Hello everyone, today I decided to tell you about Australian food. Food that is considered Australian, to be more accurate. That doesn’t mean it’s not available everywhere else, but it is considered iconic here. Also, there won’t be any exotic, unique dishes, but only what is really often eaten in Australia.

And I’ll answer right away, in Australia you can buy kangaroo, crocodile, emu and even sometimes camel meat in almost every big supermarket, but here it’s more for tourists. I have yet to meet an Australian who eats this meat on a regular basis.

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On my way home today I saw probably the most famous coffee shop in Sydney, or rather a kiosk called Harry’s caffe de wheels. Famous for its “meat pies”, I don’t know what to compare it with, but just imagine a small puff pastry filled with a good stew. It doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s delicious. If we have belyash, chebureks, and pirozhki on the street, here it’s meat pie. The quality is very different, so I would not advise to buy it at the first diner.

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The rating is 6-8/10 depending on the quality.

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Next comes the “sausage roll,” which is not really what it sounds like. There is no sausage there, but minced meat in a puff pastry. Just like with pies, you shouldn’t buy them at gas stations and other dubious places. Often I have seen such “sausages in dough” eaten for breakfast by many workers. Stop by a gas station on the way to get a sausage and coffee is a daily ritual for many.

Rating 5/10 I personally don’t like them at all, very dry and tasteless

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Next up is what is a postcard of Australia, more specifically “vegemite.” It is a paste made from leftover beer products. Fermented grits and yeast, wildly salty. It’s something that takes a long time to develop a taste for, but in the end it’s quite good. The most common mistake is to smear a huge layer on toast. Very often people unfamiliar with the product apply a centimeter-long layer and are horrified by the taste, and the layer should be barely noticeable. This is not bread and butter, but rather bread rubbed with garlic. By the way some people also think it’s healthy, unfortunately that’s not the case, and many are deluded because of the prefix “vege-” in the name, thinking it’s short for vegetables.

Rating 7/10 or 2/10 there is personal preference

Snag aka sausage sizzle

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Australian hot dogs, or more specifically snags. This is actually very far from a hot dog, but there is still bread and sausage. In Australia, they are very fond of grilling everything and sausages even more so. This is a good time to talk about sausages, they are very different. All that in Russia is called a sausage, here will have the prefix “European” or “American”, and the local sausage is minced meat and spices and it is necessarily fresh. Our sausages are mostly homogeneous and already cooked. Imagine our homemade sausage, that’s the local sausage. But back to our “hot dogs,” this is a slice of bread, a grilled sausage, and necessarily fried onions. Any fair, market, street event has them, it’s cheap and tasty. By the way, only in Australians can snag mean sausage, in other English-speaking countries you won’t be understood.

Rated 8/10 my favorite of all the street snacks

P.S I couldn’t find an appetizing picture.

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Let’s move on to sweets and start with the easiest. Fairy Bread is bread and butter sprinkled with colorful sugar balls. I ate a sugar sandwich as a kid, I think it’s about the same thing. Of course it’s something you eat as a kid and only at home, but the story goes that every Aussie ate it as a kid. The rating is 2/10 adult 10/10 kids.

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Lamington is a small and fairly simple sponge cake. It’s usually 2 biscuits with cream or jam in between, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut chips. You can buy it at almost any store and it’s on par with a potato cake. Sometimes seen in coffee shops, but mostly it’s something you buy at the store and eat at home. It’s a very good dessert, not too sweet and simple, the main thing is to stop in time.

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And then Pavlova is a cake, and there are still a lot of disputes about who invented it, Australia or New Zealand, but one thing is indisputable: the ballerina Anna Pavlova gave it its name. This cake can also be found everywhere, but unlike lamington, it is served in many restaurants. The cake has a meringue base and is decorated with fresh fruit, to be honest I have never tried it as I don’t like meringue so there will be no rating.

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“Tim there” is the name of a local cookie that comes in so many flavors. It’s probably the most common and popular cookie, kind of like our “Jubilee” cookies. On the one hand it’s simple, chocolate covered cookies, but you try it and immediately understand the difference. It literally melts in your mouth, I do not know how to describe it, it must be tried. Almost every sit-down or picnic will be accompanied by these cookies. I try not to overindulge in sweets, but I rarely give up on tim tam, I prefer the classic ones. Rating 9/10

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The name is definitely Australian, but the cookie itself is hard to come by. Anzac is an abbreviation for the military units of Australia and New Zealand during World War I. At that time wives baked these cookies and sent them to their husbands at the front, since the distance was not close, the cookies had to be long-lasting and made of simple products, which were in short supply. And in the end we have simple oatmeal cookies. They often add coconut and that can be considered a local cookie. The main difference from ours is whole flakes, and the taste is very similar, but the local one is drier and the texture is rougher. By the way, it is interesting that Australia is very strict about using military memory for advertising purposes, that is, you will not find any analogues of “front” dumplings and “Veteran” vodka here, and with Anzac even stricter, but these cookies are an exception. Anyone can bake at home and stick the tag on, the only condition is the use of original ingredients. The Subway chain once sold such cookies, but it was eventually discovered that they had changed the recipe. When this was discovered, they had to remove the cookies from sale as it was not economical to bake them to the correct recipe. Rated 9/10 I love oatmeal cookies.

I decided to limit this time to just snacks and dessert. Someday I hope to write about the main dishes. To everyone who read to the end, thank you. Questions and requests as always in the comments.

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