It’s hard to talk about national Australian cuisine, given that modern traditions were established only a couple of hundred years ago. And Aboriginal customs have been erased in places. Nevertheless Australia still follows the special rule – everything must be original.
Traditional food in Australia
You’ll find the most bland things in Australia, like hot dogs and pizza. And something so unusual it’s almost a wonder. There are sharks and crocodiles, crabs and oysters, possums and kangaroos. Ostrich meat is not even considered a delicacy, just the local version of chicken. Asian cuisine has been growing in popularity in recent years, and British traditional cuisine has an influence on the country as well. Out of this wild ooze grows something completely original, Australian.
The original national dishes of Australia have preserved the recipes from the times of the locals. The very nature of the country, its flora and fauna, allowed to create such original menus. Here are some dishes of the southern mainland, both quite unusual and more familiar to us:
Kangaroo – despite the fact that the kangaroo is considered the national symbol of the country, it is eaten. And quite successfully. Any dish, from roasts to meat soups, can include this ingredient.
Chicken Melbourne – Chicken is fried in olive oil, tender meat served in a pink sauce.
Australian meat pie is a national dish that is considered both simple, common and special. Every region prepares it differently. Essentially an uncomplicated and hearty appetizer in many restaurants and simpler establishments. The pie is made with minced meat, occasionally with onions and vegetable additions.
Wedgimait is a thick, dark paste that is made with yeast extracts. Salty in taste, with a slight beer flavor, it is used as a dessert. It is used to make cakes, spread vejimait on bread and toast.
Australia’s folk dishes
Barramundi fried fish is a freshwater large fish that is fried and served as a main second course in many restaurants.
Australia’s national food
Crocodile – crocodile roast, crocodile stew, anything crocodile. You’ll find dishes from the reptile common in Australia everywhere. And if in our country it is considered a very original dish, here it is almost banal.
Lemington – a sweet dish, dessert, an ordinary biscuit dipped in chocolate frosting and sprinkled with coconut shavings.
Australian dark rum Bundaberg Rum (Bundy) is a popular strong drink produced in the northern regions of the country.
Wines of Australia is a separate direction of the world alcohol industry. There are a lot of vineyards in the southern regions of the country, and there is a lot of wine here. Of all sorts, so the wine industry is considered quite prosperous.
Beer – for all its simplicity, it’s practically worshipped in Australia. Maybe because it’s hot here. And a cold foamy drink is not without its benefits. If not abused, of course.