When most people think about ethnic cuisines, their thoughts usually turn to food of Italian, Chinese, Mexican, French or Indian origin. You won’t find too many people who think about Australian food as a specific type of cuisine.
However, there are actually quite a number of Australian cuisines that are certainly native people of the country. If you visit an Australian supermarket or restaurant, you’re bound to find all sorts of foods that you don’t see on any other country’s shelves or menus.
For an insider’s knowledge of local cuisines, check out the following seven foods that are authentically Australian:
1. Barbecued Sausages (Snags)
Australians love to make sausage out of just about any edible animal. Beef and pork are the two main sources of sausage meat, of course.
These sausages are called snags, and they’re usually barbequed on the grill to make them all the tastier. After that, they’re wrapped inside a bread slice. You can also add sauce and fried onions to make this Aussie favourite all the better.
2. Chiko Roll
Since 1951, Australians have fallen in love with the Chiko roll, a snack roll made of beef, onion, carrot and cabbage.
Chiko rolls were originally served at football games because they allowed fans to hold their food with one hand while their cold beer in another hand.
Today, these rolls are eaten just about everywhere you go.
Native to Australia, emu meat is considered healthier than beef because it is low in cholesterol, free of fat and high in iron.
Australians like to smoke emu meat and serve it in a variety of ways, including as a pizza topping or with onions and red wine.
Weet-Bix is a healthy Australian biscuit that has been sold since the 1920s. It is a breakfast food that is affordable, high in fibre and low in fat.
Weet-Bix is also a high energy food and a much better alternative than traditional cereal. You can eat Weet-Bix in a bowl with either cold milk or hot milk. Some people like to eat it plain, too.
5. Neenish Tart
Neenish Tarts have held their spot as a favourite Australian dessert for more than 100 years.
These tarts have cream fillings with a variety of colourful icing combinations. The tarts are recognisable by their two-tone icing.
6. Fish ‘n’ Chips
Australia is known for its beautiful beaches, and Aussies love to eat fish ‘n’ chips while watching the waves and the tide.
7. Iced VoVo
Iced Vovo is a wheat-flour biscuit that has a combination of pink fondant, coconut sprinkles and raspberry jam.
The popular snack is soft, crunchy and very sweet. This biscuit is great as both a snack or dessert.
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