10 Best Traditional Foods in Australia
Australia is an eclectic land filled with many unique foods and snacks, so if you are visiting or moving there permanently here are 15 traditional Australian treats you should experience first.
Fairy bread, a popular treat in Australia, consists of white slices of bread adorned with hundreds and thousands for its vibrant appearance. It can be eaten during children’s birthday parties or eaten as dessert.
Pavlova is a classic Australian and New Zealand meringue-based dessert, featuring layers of whipped cream topped with fresh fruit. This delectable treat has become increasingly popular at parties, holidays and family reunions for its mesmerizing appearance and flavor combination – so much so that its name honors Anna Pavlova, an internationally acclaimed Russian ballerina who popularized this dessert at parties and events around the globe.
Pavlova may seem indulgent and decadent, yet it can actually be surprising healthy. According to CalorieKing, one standard size pavlova contains only 132 calories and minimal fat content.
A classic pavlova is made up of lightly sweetened whipped cream topped with fresh fruit such as berries, kiwifruit or mango; you could also add in pomegranate arils or passionfruit pulp for added color and flavor! Pavlovas can often be seen decorated with shavings of dark chocolate and toasted flakes of coconut for an elegant finishing touch to a meal.
2. Golden Gaytime
Golden Gaytime is an iconic Australian ice cream. This delectable treat consists of caramel and vanilla blocks covered with chocolate-dipped honeycomb biscuits on wooden sticks. Available as part of a multipack, it’s equally satisfying whether enjoyed alone or shared among friends.
In 2021, a Sydney woman found herself bombarded with inquiries for the recipe of Gaytime Slice after posting photos to a cookery group. She used her microwave to create one which looked identical.
Streets has given its beloved Golden Gaytime ice cream an eye-catching rainbow makeover to commemorate its 100th birthday, as well as two DIY Golden Gaytime products for consumers to try at home: Pancakes and Cupcakes made using Green’s quality ingredients as well as Golden Gaytime biscuit crumbs! Both recipes provide easy instructions.
3. Fairy Bread
Fairy Bread is an iconic Australian party snack for both children and adults, made using just three basic ingredients – bread, butter and 100’s & 1000’s (also known as sprinkles or nonpareils).
Australians love this delicious Aussie tradition – whether that means children’s birthday parties or teatime with grandparents – because it transports tastebuds back to childhood!
Australian Food Timeline suggests this snack has its roots as far back as the 1920s. To make one, cover a slice of cheap white bread with butter before layering on mounds of rainbow-colored sprinkles; you may choose whether to leave on or take off crusts depending on personal preference – then enjoy with a smile! (Photo by Laura Aitken).
4. Sausage Sizzle
As tempting fundraisers go, sausage sizzles offer many people an irresistible lure. Perfect for community groups, sporting clubs and charities looking to raise funds at any time of year!
At its heart lies a classic Aussie and New Zealand sausage sizzle: grilled sausages (usually beef but sometimes pork) served on white bread or hot dog bun with grilled onions and condiments such as tomato sauce, barbecue sauce or American mustard for extra flavor. This meal has become immensely popular.
Before being barbecued, sausages are typically prickled before being placed on the barbecue, an act believed to help make them healthier by killing any bacteria inside them. It has become an annual election day tradition at hardware stores like Bunnings which are equivalents of Lowe’s/Home Depot/B&Q stores.
5. Smashed Avocado
Avocados have quickly become a favourite part of many Australian diets, and it’s easy to see why. Packed full of folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamins B5, K & E as well as fibre and healthy unsaturated fats; plus antioxidants which may aid with skin, hair and nail health; avocado can be enjoyed smashed on toast, mashed into guac or mixed into smoothies & cakes or even baked in the oven! For more recipes click here.
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6. Witchetty Grub
Witchetty Grub (or Witjuti Grub, as preferred) are large white wood-eating larvae of moths that serve as an important staple food source in Australia’s desert areas, providing protein, fat and energy as well as essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium and zinc to indigenous Australian diets. According to Pilot Guides they provide protein, fat and energy supplies – not forgetting their nutritional benefits!
These thumb-sized worms can be found in the roots of witchetty bushes in Australia’s outback and harvested by Aboriginal children and women as part of a traditional diet. Raw or cooked versions can be eaten raw or as an appetizer on a skewer when barbecued; when this method is employed they reportedly taste similar to scrambled eggs or chicken when barbecued!
Since indigenous populations were exposed to Western diets, insect-based food consumption has fallen off dramatically among indigenous communities. But recently it’s started showing up on restaurant menus as an innovative novelty dish alongside dishes like kangaroo tail soup, emu fillet and flathead fish – many chic eateries in Sydney already offering wide selection of insects for sale!
Australians love Vegemite, an irresistibly delicious dark brown savory spread made of leftover brewer’s yeast extract with an irresistibly umami flavor that can be used on toast or added to recipes as an addition for additional depth of flavor. Some even use it instead of butter when toasting their bread or sandwiches!
Vegemite may have an unappetizing flavor, but its nutritional profile is actually quite healthy. It provides B vitamins as well as iron. Furthermore, its fat-free status and no cholesterol presence make it a desirable food option.
Vegemite spread was first developed by Fred Walker and a chemist in 1922 and initially known as Pure Vegetable Extract. Following a competition to name the product, its iconic status as part of Australian culture cemented when Vegemite won out; only true Australians could appreciate or dislike its taste!
8. Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken Parmigiana, commonly referred to in Australia as “Parm”, encapsulates everything we love about Italian cuisine. Its crispy breaded exterior is covered in generous amounts of melted cheese and tomato sauce for an irresistibly satisfying combination that few can resist. Furthermore, this meal provides healthier eating alternatives since its composition includes lean chicken meat with only small amounts of mozzarella used compared to many other meals; its creation actually occurred in America although derived from an Old World dish called melanzane alla Parmigiana (eggplant parmesan).
LEAN CUISINE’s Chicken Parmigiana Frozen Entree provides an easy, flavorful meal packed with healthy ingredients – and gluten-free too. No artificial colours or flavours here either; simply a great source of protein and veggies!
9. Fish and Chips
Fish and chips is a classic British meal consisting of crispy golden-brown potato sticks covered in salt, drizzled with vinegar, and served accompanied by tender fish such as cod, haddock or plaice served fried. While the traditional dish may be disdained by food snobs, it still provides valuable sources of protein, fiber, iron and vitamins.
As with all forms of food, it’s essential that when selecting fish and chips from either your local chippy (fish and chip shop) or making it yourself at home, wise choices must be made when ordering from or making at home. Consider selecting low mercury fish varieties such as cod and haddock; control portion sizes accordingly; use oil made from healthier sources; bake or air fry the chips to lower calorie count if possible – aim for 6 ounces of fish per 10 ounces of chips served up together as a portion.
Barramundi is an economical and nutritious fish option that can be prepared in various ways, according to Smart Seafood Buying Guide. Also referred to as Asian sea bass or giant perch, its white flesh provides an alternative solution when purchasing seafood that may have been overfished or is polluted with pollutants such as mercury.
Frank Monroe created Chiiko rolls in 1951; these Australian snacks consist of dough strips filled with succulent meat, cabbage, onions, carrots and wheat cereal. Popular snacks or lunch options.
Kangaroo casserole is an irresistibly hearty and flavorful classic one-pot meal, created from tender beef chunks slowly cooked with an array of vegetables in an aromatic broth. Perfect for sharing among family and friends alike, pair your kangaroo casserole with some smashed avocados and beer for an Aussie experience!