Known for its venomous animals and the chance of death around just every corner, Australian food often gets over-looked by visitors. Here’s a list of what you absolutely must try when in Australia, put together by a true-blue Aussie!
I know some people don’t like and can’t stand it, but you have to try it. I don’t think I could live without vegemite! It’s the perfect start to every day. Best enjoyed on white toast with butter or on a sandwich with cheese.
We love our coffee or tea and biscuits here in Australia. Grab a pack of Tim Tams and try a Tim Tam slam, crack open a box of TeeVee Snacks (they’re my favourite) or sink your teeth into an Iced VoVo. If you can, take a couple of packets home to share with your friends and family. They’re some of the best biscuits in the world!
I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like Milo but I’ve heard that some people don’t. It’s a malt flavouring to add to milk, the perfect breakfast drink or dessert, or snack, or anything really! If you want to taste the drink in true Australian fashion, add at least five teaspoons to a glass and top with a splash of milk for the ultimate flavour experience.
A lot like biscuits and made by Arnott’s, including Shapes. Shapes are a great alternative to chips. Different flavours come in differently shaped biscuits and they’re as delicious as they are quirky. Grab a box or a few and snack on them while you’re watching the NRL or the cricket.
No list of Australian foods would be complete without the humble meat pie. The best meat pies can be purchased from a local country bakery. The best I’ve had is at Pie in the Sky. There are lots of cafes and bakeries throughout the Blue Mountains that sell them too.
Chips and chips
This seems to confuse a lot of people. Chips in Australia refer to both potato chips or crisps and hot chips or fries. You’ll want to try both while you’re in the country. Australian milk bars (burger joints or takeaways) sell hot chips topped with chicken salt. They make the perfect compliment to a hamburger (with beetroot).
If you’re after the potato chips, try Smith’s crinkle cut or Red Rock Deli. They’re the two most popular potato chips and they’re also the two brands you’ll struggle to find anywhere else in the world.
Lamingtons, custard tarts and apple turnovers
Country bakeries also offer the most delicious Australian cakes and pasteries. Pick up an iconic lamington or try a custard tart. They’re simple and sweet and perfectly portioned. They all go great with an afternoon cuppa (that’s a coffee or cup of tea).
I know, I know, you can get fruit anywhere in the world. But I’ve never tasted fruit as delicious as that which is sold down under. If you pop into your local supermarket or head to a farmer’s market, you’ll be able to pick up some of the freshest fruits in the country. If you can’t make up your mind or you want to try it all, plan a trip to Tropical Fruit World in Queensland. If you haven’t been, it’s a must! You’ll be taken around the farm on a tractor, shown where the fruit grows, be taken on a train and boat ride, feed Australian native animals and get to sample fresh fruits and nuts grown on the farm. The mangoes here are to die for!
What’s your favourite Australian fruit? Let me know in the comments below!