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February 06, 2020

Top 10 most iconic Australian local foods you must try! (Part 1)

Top 10 most iconic Australian local foods you must try! (Part 1)

Trying local food is a big part of any holiday. When you come to Australia or even if you moved here recently, you may ask, what exactly is Australian food? Australia doesn’t have a cuisine – according to many overseas food and travel bloggers! Although you may see that locals dine on fried rice, Thai curries, Mediterranean cuisine and the like, those dishes don't belong to Australia!

If you find out with your heart, the Australians' creativity in food is very ingenious. Australia has a food culture all of its own, Australians enjoy foods that suit their laid-back lifestyle, so the real Aussie cuisine shows one rule: simpler things that take our fancy.

We'd like to share "Top 10 most iconic Australian Local Foods" with you that you have to try to eat like an Aussie:

1. Meat pies

You can't tell anyone you're Australian unless you've eaten a meat pie. The great Aussie meat pie, though a cultural icon, was not developed here, it has long held pride of place in the affections of Australians both young and old. It is a hand-sized meat pie containing diced or minced meat and gravy, sometimes with onion, mushrooms, or cheese. A generous dollop of tomato sauce (ketchup) is essential.

2. Vegemite on toast

No post about Australian food would be complete without Vegemite! First, check About Vegemite if you don't know much about Vegemite. 

Not a particularly complicated dish but still a much-loved serving, Vegemite on toast is great for breakfast, lunch or as an anytime snack. Similar to British Marmite, Vegemite is a vegetarian alternative made from yeast extract and not vegetables. A natural source of high vitamin B.

3. Lamingtons

Widely recognised as the ‘National Cake of Australia’ after the National Trust of Queensland voted this sweet treat an Australian icon, named as it was after Lord Lamington, a former Governor of Queensland. Lamingtons are old-fashioned traditional Australian cakes. Traditionally made in a cube-shaped vanilla sponge cake dipped in thin chocolate icing and coconut.

4. ANZAC biscuits

ANZAC biscuits are our patriotic and historical biscuit. These cookies have a history rooted in WWI. These cookies are made in commemoration of ANZAC Day, April 25th, honouring those who gave their lives to the war. A hundred years on, we still love our ANZAC biscuits.

5. Flat White

Locals will proudly say you can’t find a better flat white anywhere else in the world, and they might be right. It is comparable to a latte, but smaller in volume and with less microfoam, therefore having a higher proportion of coffee to milk, and milk that is more velvety in consistency – allowing the espresso to dominate the flavour while being supported by the milk.

There is much more delicious food that one needs to try in Australia. However, these are the small snacks one can grab on the go. Main dishes and meat are beyond yumminess. They are just mouth-watering and deliciously awesome. Few of the delicacies and main dishes are mentioned in the next part.