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Thank the folks in South Australia for this, um, interesting concoction. Does a meat pie floating in pea soup with lashings of tomato sauce on top sound appealing? The sight of it may make your stomach turn but South Aussies swear that it’s food from the gods.
A Chiko Roll is essentially a giant spring roll with an Aussie twist. It’s stuffed with beef and veggies, then deep fried until gold and crispy. The magic is in its utility – you can hold your Chiko Roll in one hand and drink a beer, use the TV remote or bowl an over of cricket with the other.
Head to a Tasmanian bakery to try the humble scallop pie. What looks like a meat pie is actually loaded with veggies, scallops and a curry sauce. An odd sounding combination, but very tasty. Raise a glass to the folk down in Tassie – they did good with this one.
Overseas visitors scoff at the humble fairy bread – most commonly seen at children’s parties – but that’s because they’ve never known the delicious combo that is white bread, margarine and a tonne of sprinkles.
This treat isn’t really odd, but it’s so beloved that expat Aussies beg their mates to send the tasty biscuits via airmail. Why? A Tim Tam is made of a smooth chocolate cream, sandwiched between two crunchy choc-malt biscuits and then covered entirely in milk chocolate all over again. Talk about chocolate heaven.
A staple at Aussie BBQs everywhere, you can’t go past a snag (sausage) on white bread, topped with onions and tomato sauce. It’s the Australian version of the hot dog but infinitely more delicious. If you don’t try one of these during your time in Oz, were you really even there?
This burger is an Australian icon. There’s the usual ingredients – meat patty, lettuce, tomato and cheese. But when you add bacon, a fried egg, pineapple and beetroot, you’ve got the burger 'with the lot', Aussie style. The best ones come from the local fish and chip shop down the road.
The HSP is a favourite of those who’ve had a few too many drinks last night. It’s halal-certified meat, piled on top of hot chips and slathered with a variety of sauces. It’s messy, delicious and an amazing hangover cure.
Quite possibly one of the most divisive things Australia has ever produced, people either love it or hate it. If you decide to try out this yeasty sandwich spread, don’t let the Aussies fool you into trying a whole spoonful, or you’ll be scarred for life. The best way to try it is to spread a tiny bit on your toast with some butter. Tastes like Australian dreams.
Aboriginal Australians have been eating bush tucker, which is food native to Australia and found out in the bush, long before everyone else showed up. We’re talking nutritious seeds, delicious berries, leafy plants, goanna and squirming witchetty grubs, if you dare to try.