Can’t-Miss Aussie Meals

Australia might not be famous for its cuisine. But cities like Sydney and Melbourne have burgeoning food scenes that top the international ranks. And of course, the proximity to Asia and the tangible influence of other cultures on Australian culture make it so easy to find an incredible, globally-inspired meal. But if you’re curious about what foods best represent classic and contemporary Australian cooking, here’s the short list:

  1. Aussie Burger
    • I guess it all goes back to the Australian obsession with barbecues. Here, it doesn’t take any convincing for someone to chuck something on the barbie. So of course, burgers are cooked with pride! Combine that part of the culture with the another part – trying to not be American — and you get the inspiration for an Aussie burger. So what’s on it? Fried egg, pineapple, beets (is any Aussie dish complete with beets?!), and a sauce. It’s a mess, but it’s worth it.
  2. Avo Smash
    • Forget the Vegemite. Smash an avocado and smear it all over fresh toast and you have true Aussie style brekky. Part of the Australian culture is focused on fresh food, local ingredients, and healthful meals. So for all of these reasons, Avo Smash is found on practically every cafe menu.
  3. Acai Bowl
    • A Brazilian fruit, Acai has made its way across the globe to many cuisines. But one of the most popular ways to consume acai is in a decadent bowl. And truth be told, I am a full blown acai bowl addict. I crave them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In Australia, Acai bowls are pretty common in cafes and juice shops. A delicious bowl will feature blended acai with banana or mango, decorated with crunchy granola or goji berries, and paired with berries or cocoa nibs. So yeah, I actually crave them for dessert, too. Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 3.40.10 PM
  4.  Schnitzel
    • In the US, bar food is generally sub-par. In Australia, pubs often serve full meals that are actually worth your while. One of the most common meals is Schnitzel. It’s not what you think of when you think of Australian gastronomy. But you’ll find it on menus as often as you see fish and chips or a burger and chips! Keep your schooner of craft beer company with schnitzel and chips and you’ll be happy and full.
  5. Meat Pie
    • Kangaroos, surfers, meat pies. It’s what Australia has, it’s what Australia does. You can find a meat pie filled with any flavour you can imagine, any flavour you crave. At Sydney establishment Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, I had a curry beef pie that was creamy, spicy, and so very comforting. While a pie might seem pedestrian, it’s truly the dish that represents Australian comfort food. You’d be remiss to miss ’em!

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