It's a question I get a lot, and it's not so straightforward to
If you look back to the history, the real Australian food is of
course bush tucker. With the European history
only two hundred years
old, obviously we haven't developed anything comparable to European
culinary countries such as Italy or France. But, thanks to our
immigrants, we have a rich food culture with roots in every continent,
and that said, nothing beats the good
old barbeque if you ask an
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Australian Food - Bush Tucker
The people who have had a lot of
time to develop a rich food culture, are our Aboriginal People. And
they definitely have done it. The traditional Australian
- had all the
nutrients we get in our modern society, and
in fact more.
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Australian Food - British and Irish Influence
Our first non-Aboriginal inhabitants were convicts and free settlers
from the UK and Ireland. The traditional British cuisine is
simple - roast
beef, fish and chips, meat pie..
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is similar -
stew, potato, bacon, cabbage.. The early Australian
non-Aboriginal food was simple and based on basic agricultural products
wheat, potatoes, lamb and beef.
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Typical Australian Food - European Influence
After the Second World War, Europeans were encouraged to move to
Australia, so lots of people came from the countries in mainland
Europe. The rich cuisines of Italy,
Greece, Spain and France
were brought to Australia. Pasta, pizza and paellas, and many
more dishes were added
to the original basic-produce diet.
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Typical Australian Food - Asian Influence
In the 1800s, gold was found in Australia, which brought a lot of
to the country. Rice and
dishes with more meat choices and more exotic vegetables were added.
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Typical Australian Food - Other Influences
During the 1900s, many more immigrants have been arriving from India and Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, Korea and Japan, Lebanon and Turkey,
and many other countries in the world. Curries and tandoories, stir
fries and tom yams, sushi and teriyaki, kebabs and falafel - only to
mention a few - were added to the typical food
available in Australia.
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Authentic Australian Breaky
The Australian cuisine is a mixture of all of the above, plus the small
amount of products and dishes that are really Australian.
So if you are
coming to Australia and want
to eat authentic
- well for breaky
get around a vegemite
sandwich or eucalypt honey toast (preferably on damper
bread if available).
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Authentic Australian Lunch
Australian Hamburger. A
Burger can be a big thing and (often) has (ALL this) fried:
beef, bacon, fried
onion, a fried egg, cheese, a slice of pineapple, slices of beetroot
(compulsory!), slices of tomato, lettuce and sauce (so you understand
you have to use a knife and a fork or you won't be able to get it into
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If you happen to be in Sydney,
go to Harry's
Cafe de Wheel in
Woolloomooloo and have the
pie - it is yummy and it also contains meat and mashed
Authentic Australian Dinner
try our local
seafood such as king prawns, Sydney rock oysters, red claw
Balmain bugs, Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs,
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Or have a kangaroo,
emu or crocodile steak,
bush tucker for salad and veg. Some restaurants
also have platters
contain all four.
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For dessert, have ANZAC bisquits or a slice of Pavlova cake with macadamia nuts and
some native fruit like davidson plum, lilli pilli, quandong, lemon
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