Kobi’s Top Five Australian Dishes
Could be inspired by Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee), Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, or Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter), but we are longing to visit Australia one day. If you’re curious why, I had mentioned my reasons in the post Visiting the Outback. By the way, did you know that Crocodile Dundee was actually based on the life of Tom Cole, one of the early Anglo Australian crocodile hunters of the Northern Territory? Now you do.
As a person who loves cooking (and, of course, consuming), I was very curious about the best food that can be found in Australia. If you recall, I had written about my Southern American food experience in a post called The Brazilian Food Kobi Likes. We’ve met so many awesome Aussies, and I like to dream, so here’s my Australian dream….
In Australia, especially in the big cities, you can find a variety of great restaurants and even great BBQ places just like The Merrywell. I know that each of us has his or her preferences and has the “likes” and “dislikes” about food. But I truly believe that one of the best ways to understand new cultures and new locations is to dip your nose into the honey pot. So here are my 5 choices:
Chiko Roll – This simple and great dish can be found in football games and Fish-and-chip shops. This roll was greatly inspired by the traditional Chinese eggroll. Instead of only shredded cabbage and spices, the Chiko Roll usually contains beef, barely, green beans, carrots, and onion. Gorgeous! (Photo: Wikipedia).
Bacon and Egg Pie – Looking at its size and texture, this dish definitely can be served as a decent breakfast. Thanks to the British influence on Australia, great and delicious pies can be found throughout the country. As part of the Meet Pie Family (been referred to as the national dish), this pie can be made, as well, with anything you wish from beef, lamb, and even steak. Yummy! (Photo: Wikipedia).
Potato Cakes – I guess, the deeper the frying, the tastier the food. Let’s not have a discussion about the healthy part :-). So ignoring the health part, this one over-sized dish puts French fries to shame. The dish is basically a huge circle of deep-fried crushed potatoes . This dish is a great addition to those who are not satisfied with the traditional plate fish-n’-chips. Tasty! (Photo: Los Cardinalos-Flickr)
Australian Hamburger with “The Lot” – There is no doubt that decent hamburgers can be found everywhere you go. Only sometimes can we find a really (but really) interesting burger. A good example, without a doubt, is the Australian hamburger with “The Lot”. In addition to the usual stuff, this burger is enriched with fried egg, cheese, bacon, beets, and pineapple. Awesome! (Photo: Vanessa Pike-Russell).
Pavlova (aka ‘Pav’) – After all of these great simple dishes, it is time for some great dessert! This dish was created in the honor of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who traveled in Australia in the 30’s. The basic idea behind this great dish is a crispy meringue shell where the inside is a marshmallow –like fluff. You can add any fruits you like on the top. These days, the dish can be found in many versions and varieties. The best, Jerry, the best! (Photo: Wikipedia).
We are currently in Southeast Asia and we really don’t know if you we will get to Australia. We do hope so since this destination is in our bucket list. And when and if we get there, I’ll surely try each and every one of these dishes. Keep in mind that there are many more simple dishes out there in the Outback. We should try them all!
Have you even been to Australia and want to recommend any food you had? We would love to hear it.
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