Australia is a great surprise on all aspects. Great sights. Fascinating people. Awesome holidays. And the food? Unforgettable. Most are wonderfully Instagram-worthy. Some belong to the dark recesses of our memories.
Here are the delicacies that only the Australians would come out with.
Nothing speaks Australia more than this sandwich spread that tastes either like the sweet, sweet welcome of the morning or the tears from your crushed dreams, depends on who you ask. It is concocted from yeast extract with vegetables and spice additives thrown in to give it the distinct bittersweet, salty and malty taste.
The chocolate-looking and deceivingly-tasting paste is a stale on crackers, bread, crumpets, and even pastries. It is best paired with butter or cream cheese to town down the strong flavor. Many agreed that enjoying this delicacy is a matter of acquired taste.
Burger with “The Lot”
The Aussies might not have invented the hamburger, but they sure took it to insane levels. The burger with “the lot” is the proof of that. Not contented with just a patty, cheese, and a few greens, they also threw in a smorgasbord of other relishes.
A typical burger with the lot consists of a pair of sweet buns, charred beef patty, cheddar cheese, fried sunny side-up egg, tomatoes, bacon, pineapple, onions, lettuce, barbecue sauce, and beetroot. That last item wasn’t a typo. It’s basically a normal burger with mom’s garden salad threw in the middle.
Obviously, you can’t eat this on humongous meal the run. For that, they have the…
The Blokes want to have their burger on the way to work. And no. It’s not the one that’s dripping as they race along the walkway. They want it bit sized, wrapped in aluminum foil, and heavily processed.
To hell with onion rings. Burger Rings have been a hit among the Aussies since its inception in 1974. The ingredients include rice, corn, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, and five other chemicals that’s just too much to pronounce. Burger flavor is thrown in the end.
No. ANZAC isn’t some gigantic bread-manufacturing company, it refers to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the soldiers who fought during World War I at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire.
ANZAC Biscuits are made using rolled oats, sugar, flour, butter, baking soda, golden syrup, boiling water, and desiccated coconut. This sweet delicacy doesn’t just taste enjoyable, but it has a brilliant history as well.
Unconfirmed claims have it that these biscuits were first sent to ANZAC soldiers by their wives abroad. The ingredients were chosen because they do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation.
The name stuck, and these days it’s just one of the finest Aussie treats out there.
Of course this is Australia. There will be kangaroo meat.
A staple source of protein for indigenous Australians, human consumption of Kangaroo meat was legalized in in South Australia in 1980, while all other states followed suit in 1993. It is mostly served as a steak, but could also take the form of burger patties, barbecues, pizza topping, and salad ingredient.
But some people isn’t happy about other people consuming kangaroo meat. This leads to the rise of Kangatarianism, people who abstain from eating kangaroo meat.
Just because it looks like a beefsteak, and mushrooms are generally tasty, doesn’t mean the beefsteak mushroom is the apex cuisine of vegan fine dining.
It reportedly tastes slightly sour, has an unyielding texture, and needs slow cooking to soften. Usual cooking preparations include marinating it in white wine, cloves, and parsley. Then coating it with beaten egg, herbs, and breadcrumbs. And usually served on a bed of salad.
Another indigenous aborigine staple food is the quandong. They are small, bright red, and shaped like apricots. The taste can be a bit tart, not unlike the blend of apricot and peaches. The Aussies have been pretty much creative in utilizing the fruit in various recipes, like ice creams, cakes, cockles, jams, relishes, and even beer.
You can’t just roam around in the wilds though and randomly pick quandong fruits, as they are protected by law. Only the commercialized can be consumed.
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