Through years of colonization and arrival of migrants, Australia has become a melting pot for diverse cultures and beliefs — including, of course, taste preferences and cuisine. Britain and China are only some of the countries that have influenced the Australia we know today.
What makes Australian cuisine more interesting? Even plenty of their iconic food items are not unique to the country, but the Aussies have managed to find a way to recreate these in their own special way. Ready to tickle your tastebuds? Read on and learn about the Australian food fare that will make you say “let’s grab a feed, mate!”
1. Wood-eating larvae are eaten by indigenous Australians.
2. There is a biscuit in Australia that was originally created for World War I soldiers.
3. The second largest living bird is endemic to Australia, and can be eaten.
4. The most basic Australian food is a soda bread called damper.
5. Breakfast biscuits have been popular in Australia since the 1930s.
6. The lamington is the "National Cake of Australia."
7. Ginger has been an essential part of Australian cuisine since the 1800s.
8. Sausages are called snags in Australia.
9. Pavlova, a famous Australian dessert, is said to be named after a Russian ballerina.
10. Approximately 35 million packs of Tim Tam are sold each year.
11. Dagwood dog is an Australian term for corn dog.
12. Australia has a thing called charity biscuit.
13. The Australian version of the Italian dish parmigiana is usually paired with beer.
14. Australia’s’ first take-away food was the meat pie.
15. Fairy bread is not made by fairies, but from candies.
16. Vegemite is not entirely made of vegetables, but of yeast extract.
17. Australians have their own version of the Chinese spring rolls.
18. An Australian burger is not complete without a slice of beetroot.
19. Australians don’t say "McDonald’s." They call it “Macca’s.”
20. Pumpkins were brought to Australia by the Europeans during its colonization period.
21. Australia’s oldest chocolate bar is the Cherry Ripe.
22. Australians’ unconventional ice cream is enclosed in fruit flavoured ice.
23. Milo, the chocolate and malt powdered drink, was invented by an Australian.
24. A former Australian Prime Minister made an Iced VoVo reference in an election victory speech.
25. "Golden Gaytime" is a legit food product.
26. "Long black" and “flat white” are Australian coffee variations.
27. When Australians "throw a barbie," it means they’re having a barbecue party.
28. The Australians have their own traditional method of preparing tea.
29. Australia is the fourth largest exporter of wine around the world.
30. Yes, in Australia, kangaroos can be eaten.
Have taste of iconic Australian food
As quirky as it may seem, Australian cuisine is worth giving a try. It will satisfy both your palate and your curiosity for the country’s interesting history.
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