Australia has always been a dream destination for many people around the world. Inspired by iconic figures like Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee), Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, or Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter), people are often curious about what Australia has to offer. For me, as a food lover, I was interested in exploring the best food that can be found in Australia. In this article, I will share my top 5 must-try Australian foods that you should try when you visit this beautiful country.
Australian Food Scene
When it comes to food, Australia has a lot to offer. In the big cities, you can find a variety of great restaurants and even great BBQ places just like The Merrywell. 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 try their food.
Top 5 Must-Try Australian Foods
1. Chiko Roll
This simple and great dish can be found in football games and fish-and-chip shops. The Chiko Roll was greatly inspired by the traditional Chinese eggroll. Instead of only shredded cabbage and spices, the Chiko Roll usually contains beef, barley, green beans, carrots, and onion. It is a great snack to try, especially if you’re on the go.
2. Bacon and Egg Pie
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), the Bacon and Egg Pie can be made with anything you wish from beef, lamb, and even steak. It’s a perfect meal to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
3. Potato Cakes
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.
4. Australian Hamburger with “The Lot”
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. It’s definitely a unique and tasty experience.
5. 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. It’s a perfect dessert to end your meal with.
Australia has a lot of great food to offer, and these are just a few of the must-try dishes. If you ever get the chance to visit Australia, make sure to try these dishes and explore the other amazing food that the country has to offer. From traditional dishes to modern fusion cuisine, Australia’s food scene is diverse and exciting. Trying new foods is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and truly experience all that a country has to offer. So, start planning your food journey through Australia and don’t forget to share your favorite dishes with us!