There’s no doubting that Australia is a top gourmet destination – producing great food and wine. This is a great part of the experience you will get to enjoy, having some incredible food when you are on vacation with us here at Distant Journeys. As with every country, Australia does have its national favourites that aren’t necessarily gourmet, but are worth a try if you get the opportunity.
Part of visiting any foreign country is making the most of the opportunity to experience the culture and history. We like to think that food makes up part of this experience, and our taste buds certainly wouldn’t disagree! This brings us to the alternative favourites in Australia. Tours around this amazing country mean you can go to various regions and give their specific local foods a go and see what you think. So to round things up we have put together six of our favourites to the proverbial table. We have tried to throw in a bit for everyone here, so there’s everything from savoury food to chocolaty snacks.
You may or may not have already known where these particular dishes originated from so we hope you learn something new and we hope we can give you the chance to try them in with us soon! Remember, these meals and snacks are just an added extra to your experience if you decide you would like to try them, the top notch gourmet dining awaits you first and foremost.
Which one of these would you like to eat the most? 1. Pie floater
The unforgettable pie floater adopts a dining twist on the traditional Australian meat pie by “floating” it in pea soup (sometimes pea and ham is used). While I think we can all agree it isn’t the meal that will win the awards as far as presentation is concerned, the pie floater is a tasty mix of hearty Australian foods, all in one bowl.
Pavlova is a great example of something that the Australians took and made their own. They used the meringue and went to a whole new level in order to create this delicious dessert. Combined with lashings of whipped cream or ice cream, locals will often try to convince themselves the “pav” is a healthy option because of the substantial layering of fresh fruit that is normally found on top! You can usually find strawberries, grapes, kiwi fruit, oranges and passionfruit combined to make this colourful topping.
Damper is a true iconic Australian loaf. Essentially, damper is a heavy soda bread which was traditionally prepared by swagmen and stockmen who travelled to remote areas of the country for weeks or months at a time. The cooking preparation sees the bread baked in the coals or ashes of a campfire, which gives it a scrumptiously and unmistakable smoky flavour.
Much like the marmite we love or hate in the UK, but not quite the same, this was Australia’s resourceful use for the excess yeast used by local breweries following the end of World War I. Just like Marmite it can be enjoyed on bread, toast, crumpets, English muffins, crackers, and if you really want to try something interesting then you can try it on dry Weetabix. This salty spread is certainly considered as an acquired taste. If you’ve never tried Marmite then we suggest spreading it thin just to introduce yourself to this unique flavour. One more thing too, don’t ever tell an Aussie it tastes like Marmite!
5. The mouth-watering Coat of Arms
There are around 20 nations around the world that eat the animal that features on their national emblem. However, there is only one nation that has two animals in its coat of arms and likes to dine on both. While the Indigenous population of Australians have enjoyed kangaroo and emu for many a century, kangaroo only really became a hit in culinary terms across Australia in the 1990s following the detriment farmers suffered through the overpopulation of the ‘roo.
With both meats offering richer and leaner alternatives to beef, kangaroo and emu are really worth a try. You’ll most commonly find kangaroo used in curries, sausages, stews, pies, and of course ‘roo burgers.
6. Tim Tams
We’ve added in this chocolaty based biscuit which looks a bit like the penguin bars we have in the UK as a fun snack. The Tim Tam may not look anything out of the ordinary but it boasts the title of the most exported Australian food – at least from mums, dads and other family members at Christmas and birthdays. You can also give a ‘Tim Tam Slam’ a whirl if you fancy it. Not quite as brutal as the title may suggest, you bite off a bit of each end of the biscuit and then use it as a straw to drink your tea through – just for a bit of fun of course!
The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
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