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Australian Cuisine

Examples of Australian Cuisine

Anzac biscuits
Balmain bugs
Barbecued snags
Chiko roll

Crocodile Meat
Dagwood dog
Fairy Bread
Grilled Kangaroo
Hamburger with beetroot
Iced VoVo
John Dory fillets 
Macadamia nuts
Meat pies
Pea and ham soup
Witchetty grubs

An iconic Australian food is Vegemite, which is served on toast. Other unique or iconic national foods include macadamia nuts; Violet Crumble, a honeycomb chocolate bar; Cherry Ripe; Jaffas, chocolate with an orange-flavoured confectionery shell; the Chiko Roll, a deep-fried savoury roll similar to a spring roll. Other popular Australian foods include Tim Tams, a chocolate biscuit; musk sticks; fairy bread which is buttered bread with hundreds and thousands; lamingtons; and the commercial breakfast cereal Weet-Bix.

The Pavlova is an iconic and popular dessert in Australia.
ANZAC biscuits and the pavlova are considered by some to be Australian national foods, although while the oldest known named recipe for pavlova is from New Zealand, its often said in the Australian history that the dessert took its name from Anna Pavlova at the Esplanade Hotel in Perth during a tour of the state where she danced "as light as air" in reference to the light meringue.

In the pattern of foods named after famous singers and dancers, Dame Nellie Melba also has several dishes named after her; well known is Melba toast and the Peach Melba, but also less well known is the Chicken Melba, recipes of which can be found in Larousse Gastronomique.

The meat pie (minced beef in a beef gravy, enclosed in a baked flaky pastry shell about 10 cm across) is a well-known take away item. Popular variants include steak, onion, and mash potato on top of a traditional pie instead of a pastry top.

Kangaroo meat is widely available in Australia, although it is not among the most commonly eaten meats. Kangaroo meat can be found in restaurants, some supermarkets and butchers. In old fashioned colonial recipes, it was treated much like ox tail, and braised until tender forming a rich gravy. It is available today in various cuts and sausages. Also eaten is emu meat and crocodile meat.Products are now available in supermarkets made of kangaroo and emu meat.

Damper is a traditional Australian soda bread prepared by swagmen, drovers and other travellers. It is a wheat flour based bread, traditionally baked in the coals of a campfire.


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