35 Foods Only Australians Will Appreciate

35 Foods Only Australians Will Appreciate

Embrace your inner bogan. 35 foods only Australians will appreciate, from Chiko rolls to Gaytimes, Wagon Wheels to Fantales

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Keshia  Keshia  on 26 Jan '16


Lamington 

Lamington

Lamington via whatannabelcooks


Amongst the most Australian dishes ever invented (aside from perhaps the Vegemite Lamington... nek level), everybody loves a fluffy Lamington. They look weird, like little black cubes covered in frost, but the coconut, cocoa and jam with a puffy sponge is what we're all about.


    

Meat Pie

meat pie

Meat pie via wikicommons


'Nuff said. 



Fairy bread

Fairy Bread

Fairy bread via penguincakes / Creative Commons


Fairy bread is as Australian as vegemite. A favourite at 5th birthday parties, it's sliced white bread (always white), spread with margarine or butter and covered with sprinkles or hundreds and thousands which stick to the top of the bread. Must always be cut into four triangles. 



Anzac biscuits

Anzac biscuits

Anzac biscuits via taste


The golden syrup in these, when combined with the oats, means the dough is actually tastier than a baked biscuit. During war times, they were sent overseas to serving ANZACs in World War I due to their excellent keeping properties. 



Pavlova

Pavlova

Pavlova via threebearsmelbourne


Though this dessert was named are Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, Australians claim it as their own. This is a divisive one, as some people hate the meringue topped simply with whipped cream and fruit, while some love it. There is no middle ground with pavlova. 


Tim Tams

tim tams

Tim Tams via jennycu / Creative Commons


These are so much more than a chocolate biscuit. Australians eat 45 million packets of Tim Tams a year, and stats say on average one in every two Australian households contains a packet of Tim Tams. 



Sausage roll

Sausage roll

Sausage roll via garlospies


People literally eat these for breakfast (those who are in trades or 'tradies'), lunch (everyone else) and dinner (celeb chef Curtis Stone). 



Vegemite

Vegemite

Vegemite via wikicommons


Vegemite is usually spread on toast and un-toasted toast. It also makes its way on to crackers at times. Vegemite has an intense flavour with yeast and umami notes. Some slather it, others dot it, but either way it isn't for the faint-hearted. 

Milo

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Milo via schoolofcode


Correct ratios for this chocolate/malt drink is 6-15 heaped tablespoons of Milo to every one cup of milk. Can be consumed hot or cold. 


Iced Vovo

Iced Vovos

Iced Vovo via polaroidblipfoto

Don't let the dazzling pink fool you; these are full of sugar. An iconic biscuit - jam and coconut comes together in this pink iced biscuit that is both delicious and dainty. 



Golden Gaytime

gaytime


"It's hard to have a gaytime on your own" and we quite agree. Golden Gaytimes were first released in 1960s in Australia and are now iconic, remaining steadfastly yum. Think toffee and vanilla ice cream dipped in chocolate and wrapped in honeycomb biscuits, on a wooden pop-stick, for handy transport.


Wagon Wheels

wagon wheels

Wagon wheels via closeencountersofthecookingkind


Sold in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Malta, Russia, Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom (hitting all the major economic hubs of the world), Arnotts did an outstanding job in their marketing to Australia, and every child had this in their lunchbox at least once. 


Vanilla Slice

Vanilla slice

Vanilla slice via yummylummy


Some may call it a mille-feuille, others a Napoleon, but Australians call it a vanilla slice. Because things should never be too confusing. Walk into any bakery anywhere in Aus and you will find this. 


Macadamia nuts

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Macadamia nuts via news.rfbiocidics


Could a nut possibly sound more Australian? It's as though each vowel is perfectly placed to ensure maximum twang. MacAAAdaYYYmia nut.


SAO biscuitsSAO biscuits

SAO biscuits via thetravellingtiles


Launched in 1906, they're more crackers than biscuits. They taste a lot like nothing which makes them ideal for tomato and cheese with pepper and salt. Serve them as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea and you're laughing [like a galah]. 


Chiko roll

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Chiko roll via thehoopla


An Australian version of a spring roll (or maybe more like an egg roll), the deep fried fast food has a massively thick, chewy dough wrapper and is filled with mutton, barley, cabbage, carrot, celery and rice. It was first sold in 1951 and is popular at football matches. 


Dim Sims

Dim sims

Dim sims via Herald Sun


Yes sims. Not sum. Sims. It's kinda like a giant dumpling filled with pork and vegetables that is then steamed, fried, barbecued or baked. And Australian people really, really love them. So much so that a shrine was going to be built in Melbourne, paying homage to dim sims. We're not kidding. 


Cherry Ripe

Cherry Ripe

Cherry Ripe via cookbooksforcompany


Wikipedia tells us this demigod of a chocolate bar was "introduced by the Australian confectioner MacRobertson's in 1924, and is now Australia's oldest chocolate bar and top-selling chocolate bar brands in the country". Many expats experience severe discombobulation when moving to London et al when they realise they cannot buy it anywhere and then request of every visitor to bring it with them. Or so we hear.


Chicken parmigiana

Chicken parm

Chicken parmie via laflambe


Chicken parrrrrmie is a staple of RSL's and pubs everywhere. They are so popular that the vegans even get one at the Cornish Arms in Hipsterbourne. Always comes with underseasoned chips and boring side salad. 


Cheese & bacon roll

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Cheese and bacon roll via Baker's Delight


Roll (😂) into Baker's Delight, grab one of these bad boys, cover it in way too much margarine, wonder why your palate never develops. 


Burger with the 'lot' (beetroot, pineapple and egg)

Australian 'the lot' burger

Burger with the 'lot' via serious eats


David Chang has a big ol' problem with this. He reckons they're the worst in the world. 

 'They put a fried egg on their burger. They put canned beetroot on it, like a wedge of it. I am not joking you."

There is a beauty about the Australian burger. Found in service stations (called 'servos' in the local dialect) and beach-side restaurants everywhere, it's an undertaking to eat, given the pineapple, beetroot, egg, lettuce, tomato and beef don't tend to balance very well. This being said, it's delicious, and worth trying before you knock it. 



Kangaroo steak

Kangaroo Steak

Kangaroo Steak via gourmetgame


No we don't ride them to work, we eat them. This can literally be found in the cold section of the supermarket. Slated as a far more sustainable, leaner alternative to beef, the meat is definitely not a common dinnertime protein but it might get there. And it's uniquely Australian. 

Ants, kangaroos, jellyfish...this is the way of the future, people. 


Weet-Bix

Weetbix

Weet-bix via wikicommons


What's this? Oh, just the breakfast of champions. #howmanydoyoudo

NB** Will get exceptionally soggy within seconds of coming into contact with milk which becomes a rapid problem.
Best eaten with honey not sugar.
 


Rainbow Paddle Pop

Rainbow Paddle Pop

Rainbow Paddle Pop via smoothfm


The ice cream of everyone's childhood, there is no white school uniform that hasn't been tainted by the resplendent trials of a melting rainbow paddle pop. So worth it; there's no better flavour than RAINBOW (which is apparently caramel. Our whole lives have been a lie).


Chocolate crackles

Chocolate crackles

Chocolate crackles via katebarnes


Pretty sure every parent walks out of the hospital with a new born Australian babe and a recipe for chocolate crackles in hand. School fairs and birthday parties are consistently strewn with white cupcake wrappers. The earliest recipe found so far is from The Australian Women's Weekly in December 1937. 


Killer pythons, ears and clouds 

Killer python

Killer python via pulseclimbing


Everyone knows some parts of the python are loads better than others. It's awkward because oftentimes the head is an awful colour which can be off-putting for first time pythoners (FTP in the industry). These, along with clouds and ears are the staple sweets of any tuckshop in Australia. 


Dunkaroos 

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Dunkaroos via Coles


Though Americans cannot buy these in store any longer (grieving, commence), Woolworths is doing every Australian proud by keeping the hazelnut dip and vanilla biscuit snack on the shelves. 


Violet Crumble

Violet Crumble


Violet Crumble via trytreats


An Australian chocolate bar made by Nestle, VC consists of a honeycomb crumble centre that is covered by overly sweet milk chocolate. It's kind of like a bad version of a Crunchie. They come in 50g bars which meant they were often a treat of Friday lunch boxes. 


Damper

Damper

Damper via ournakedaustralia


To ensure stereotypes stay strong, all Australian children are taken into the bush on grade three camp and taught how to make damper. Usually baked in the coals of a campfire, the Australian 'bush tucker' that long fed stockman, drovers and swagmen comes alongside billy tea (which is lovely and smoky in later years but as a child is the same as ingesting pepto bismol) and golden syrup. 


Sausage sizzle

Sausage sizzle

Sausage sizzle via disanaproject


Say "come over for a sausage sizzle" in Australia and no one will laugh. This iconic Australian 'street food' is available at birthday parties, beach days, sports' days, fundraisers, weddings, when at the pool and in front of Bunnings. Perennially. If they're making you pay more than $2 for a sausage in bread, "tell 'em they're dreaming"


Fantales

Fantales

Fantales via milk-and


Fantales are caramels that are covered in low-quality chocolate that cause lockjaw. Another fun benefit of Fantales (it seems like they're endless): their wrappers are covered in trivia, that god knows who comes up with.

(Actually, a rather industrious journalist went about finding out who scribes these; the full fascinating story here) 


Barramundi and snapper 

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Barramundi dish via Coles


These two fish are mainstays on any restaurant touting 'modern Australian' cuisine and are always on the recipe cards at Coles and Woolworths. The white fish is flaky, light and delicious.


Nutrigrain 

Nutrigrain

Nutri-Grain via pesprinces


Invariably pronounced 'new-chra-grain' by Australians everywhere, this cereal has supported the Ironwoman and Ironman races for years, which has become one of Australia's most iconic sporting events.



Wine

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All the best wine comes from Australia. Everyone knows that. 



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