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Iconic Australian Food

In Australia, you’ll never run out of new dishes and food items to try. While the country may have a diverse culture, it also has its fair share of iconic food items, including macadamia nuts, and Australian meat pies.

Are you going on a food adventure in Australia? Here’s a list of must-try iconic food items to start you off!

Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips
Topping our list of iconic foods in the country is fish and chips. This takeaway food of deep fried chips, which are fries for other countries, and battered fish, is very popular. It originated during the 19th century, in Great Britain. Fish and Chips are common around the UK and Australia.

In the country, people use rock cod, or reef cod for the fish. Others also use flake, a kind of shark meat, or barramudi, a type of Asian seabass. Early in the 21st century, Australian fish and chips shops also started using hoki, and farmed basa from Vietnam.

Some people consider Pavlovas, ANZAC biscuits, and macadamia nuts as Australia’s national foods. This is despite the fact that the oldest Pavlova recipe is attributed to New Zealand.

Pavlova, dessert based on meringue, has a crisp tasty crust with a light and soft inside. According to history, the food honours the ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, when she visited New Zealand and Australia. The main difference between this and meringue is that it has a marshmallow-like centre. In addition, its consistency makes it more delicate than meringue.

Traditionally, you’ll find Pavlovas topped with fresh soft fruit and whipped cream. You can buy factory-made Pavlovas and decorate them according to your liking.

ANZAC Biscuits
These biscuits are popular in New Zealand and Australia. People make these using baking soda, boiling water, desiccated coconut, flour, rolled oats, golden syrup, butter, and sugar.

Many people associate ANZAC biscuits with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which was created during WW1. Some say wives sent these biscuits to soldiers abroad, as they don’t spoil easily.

Today, you’ll find ANZAC biscuits in retail stores. Many often use these for fundraising projects. Australia also produces a British version of the ANZAC biscuits, which is sold in around the UK.

Meat Pie
Meat Pie
Meat pies are famous around Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and South Africa.

You’ll find variations of meat pies around the world. In fact, Natchitoches meat pie is an official state food of the United States of America. An empanada is Latin America’s version of meat pies or pasties. In New Zealand and Australia, meat pies are quick food items often found in convenience stores and gas stations. Some serve meat pies with vegetables or a pack of potato chips.

Violet Crumble
This is a locally made honeycomb chocolate bar. Its counterpart is Cadbury’s Crunchie. Violet crumble is also popular in other parts of the world, particularly Hong Kong, and Hawaii.

Other notable food items you should try are lamingtons, the country’s national cake, macadamia nuts, and prawn cocktails. You may find some of these in different food and wine festivals across the country.

A Hot Cup of Aussie Coffee – Coffee Culture in Australia

Australians love coffee. They have a unique coffee culture you won’t find anywhere else across the globe. Their coffee industry, compared to other countries, did not start from coffee chains but from independent cafes. Italian and Greek immigrations greatly influenced the population’s attitude towards coffee. If you’re traveling to the country, this is a great conversation starter. People’s quest of the perfect cup doesn’t stop at coffee chains. In fact, coffee chains aren’t very popular in the country.

When the Country Started Brewing
Coffee Shop
In 1910, iconic Greek cafes in Melbourne and Sydney introduced locally roasted coffees. Manufacturers developed the first espresso machine in 1952. Since then many have built Italian cafes from Sydney to Melbourne.

According to some, Legend Café and Pelligrini’s Espresso Bar were the first “real” espresso bar in the country. They opened their doors to the market in 1956 and 1954 respectively.

In the 1950’s, the country’s iconic coffee brands, including Vittoria, were established. Before the end of the decade, Vittoria moved to the United States.

Lavazza Coffee in the 80’s
Early in the 1980’s, Italian company Lavazza Coffee, started exporting coffee to Australia. Since then, espresso-based coffees became the most preferred form of coffee in the country. It was only after a decade that the same company exported their products to the US and UK.

As many Australians are health-conscious, many of them prefer organic coffees and teas. While many drink teas at home, research shows that only 2.5% of the market drinks teas in establishments.

Coffee Chains Can’t Get Enough Grounds
Unlike the rest of the world, coffee chains, such as Starbucks, aren’t popular in the country. Many prefer coffees from small cafes, as for them, these taste better than those offered in coffee chains. This is also beside the fact that coffee chains charge higher for their coffees than local cafes.

From 2000 to 2008, Starbucks opened about 84 stores around the country. Eventually, the company decided to close down majority of its cafes. Some of the remaining chains have started offering traditional styles of coffee that Australians are used to.

The Great Flat White
In the latter part of the 20th century, Australians invented flat white. Since then it has become popular across the country. It has reached New Zealand and stated to become popular in the United Kingdom. This is a café latte without foam.

Take a Coffee Plantation Tour
There is no better way to appreciate Australian coffee than to take a coffee plantation tour. You can visit the Australian Coffee Centre, a popular attraction that is just an hour’s drive away from Cairns. During the tour, you’ll see how they make coffee and even have the chance to taste the country’s best coffee. Share a cup of coffee – or tea – with your family and friends over a beautiful of Australia’s greenery. The centre is known for its tropical fruit plantation and the world’s best Arabica coffee.
Give your tastebuds a break from instant coffees and coffee chains. Visit Australia and experience a one-of-a-kind coffee culture.

Foodie Adventure: Discovering Regional Australian Dishes

Australian cuisine is one of the most unique in the world. It showcases different cultures, including Italian, Greeks, Mediterranean, and Asian. The country’s diet has grown from bush tucker to a fusion of delicious dishes.

Each region in Australia has its unique set of dishes and food items. Prepare for fun, delicious, and filling treats when you go on tour across the country.

Swan Valley in Perth
This is Western Australia’s primary location for wine production. Some consider it as a mini-mecca for viticulture, and fresh produce. You’ll also find bush tucker stations and odd breweries across the area.

What awaits you in Perth are unspoiled beaches, traffic-free roads, and breathtaking sunsets. This is also where you’ll find a flourishing cultural scene, bustling markets, and quaint eateries.

Tasmania is popular for its UNESCO world heritage sites. Aside from beautiful and historic places, you’ll also find incredible food in this region.

With Tasmania’s temperate and sunny climate, the island offers a wide array of vegetables and fruits to its residents and visitors. You’ll find different types of herbs, and cool-climate wine grapes. Tasmania also offers world-class cheeses, honey, beers, and beef. If relaxation means sipping a glass of Sauvignon Blanc after harvesting abalone and oysters, then Tasmania is your perfect destination.

Margaret River
This is another premier foodie destination in Western Australia. You’ll find many high quality bottles of wine and meet friendly organic farmers.

The Margaret River wine region is Western Australia’s southwest coast. This region prides itself with drop-dead gorgeous surroundings, vibrant art community, and awesome surfing beaches. After tasting the region’s wine, why not visit Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and explore hundreds of caves?

You’ll also find premium olives, seafood delicacies, and cheeses at Margaret River. Do you want to buy souvenirs for friends? Drop by the region’s local boutiques that have exquisite selections of wine.

Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley
People know Hunter Valley for its cattle farms, agriculture, and dairy. This is where you can taste the best Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Shiraz, and Verdelho. After a perfect afternoon at the valley, go on a quick tour around Sydney.
Everyone knows the city for its iconic structures, such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Harbour. If the beach is calling you, take a drive to Coogee, Bondi, and Manly.

Do you want to go on a food crawl? Some restaurants and café you should visit around the city are Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Care Sydney, and Quay. You may also like to check out Rockpool, Buon Ricordo, Catalina, and Guillaume at Bennelong. Take your food adventure to the next level by visiting Bilson’s. The restaurant offers a 10-course degustation. Make sure to leave enough room for their great wines.

Yarra Valley
You’ll find world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at Yarra Valley. Match this up with the region’s stellar food selections and your day is complete.

Got extra time? Take a tour around Melbourne. Make sure to visit the popular Camy Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant for your fix of Chinese food. You can also visit Italian’s Waiter’s club to cap off your day.