Being a great tourist destination you may want to know what food experiences to expect on a travel to Australia. With a rich and well preserved cultural diversity, Australia boasts the same for its exquisite food for gourmet travellers. From delicious lamb and kangaroo meat that cannot be commonly found in supermarkets to excellent tasting chocolate biscuits, you can find multitude of great restaurants that offer unique cuisines in Australia. Inheriting their nature from British cooking and having evolved progressively in their food style, from grilled chops and barbecued pork to snags and meat pies, they embrace spice and herb flavours from varied cultures.
A glimpse of Australia’s iconic cuisine-
· Bush tucker: Bushfood refers to any native or traditional Australian food from plants and animals.
-It includes meat of kangaroo and goannas cooked on hot coals, wild turkey, emus, yabbies, possums or even crocodile fillets and witchetty grubs. Witchetty grubs are prepared like chicken satays or shasliks on wire pieces over fire and eaten with peanut sauce.
-Damper soda bread made from wheat flour served with heaps of kakudu jam or natural honey, wattle seed or mulga seed ice-creams and macadamia nut crisps are typical for Australian bush food breakfast.
-Exotic vegetables include bok choy, mizuna, quandongs and bunya nuts. Kakudu plum jams are known by Americans as jelly and quandongs serve for great satay sauces and can be used to make salad dressings and chutneys.
Bush tucker food serves as the most dynamic and inventive Australian cuisine. On the other hand, contemporary Australian food uses more of a mix of multiculture ingredients.
· Vegemite: The iconic national food is a dark brown, vegetable based paste with spice additives and yeast extracts that serves as a delicious spread for toasts, sandwiches, cracker biscuits and crumpets which can be filled with other ingredients like avocado, cheese, tomato etc. Rich in the umami flavour with a slight bitter touch it also serves as popular fillings for pastries.
· Barbecued meat and seafood: Aussie barbecues are a big culinary hobby. From kangaroos, steaks and sausages to fresh seafood and shrimps with bread, tomato and barbecue sauce is a favourite in restaurants. Seafood cuisine includes Bluefin tuna, mud crab, rock lobster and abalone that is served braised or deep fried served with rich gravy and sauces. Kangaroo meat which is lean, red and healthy is extremely popular. Prepared in a myriad ways with burgers, steaks, sausages and served in most dining areas with tasty marinade, it is a must have in Australia.
· Meat pies: Typical hand sized Australian meat pies are iconic and even form their national identity. Filled with lots of minced meat or large diced meat pieces and gravy and seasoned with cheese, mushrooms, mashed potato, onion and tomato sauce, they serve as a great food snack throughout the country.
· Beverages: With a great grape vineyard variety, the Australian wine and light beer has been popular since colonial times. Meals are not complete without chilled beer or rum whose embryonic and aggressively acidic taste is just delicious and refreshing. Espresso beverages and coffee culture is also very vibrant and developed in the cuisine.
· Fruits: Exotic peaches (Quandong), raspberries, kiwis, lilli pillies, pink lady apples are widely consumed either fresh or often as cooked fruit dishes like poached in syrups vanilla, cloves and other spices or fruit salads or even in baked dishes like pies, crumble cakes and pastries.
On a travel to Australia you have a lot to look out for as it is the culinary league of nations. Offering a fusion of both traditional and modern exotic flavours, the unique cuisines in Australia and its vast food chains, can never fail to provide tourists with a hearty meal.
Read more about bush tucker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_tucker