Typical Australian Food

So, what is the typical Australian food?

It's a question I get a lot, and it's not so straightforward to answer. 


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 ordinary Australian.

Flame Grilled Burgers on the Grill
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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 Aboriginal food, also called bush tucker - had all the nutrients we get in our modern society, and in fact more.

Aborigines Gathering Eggs from a Saltwater Crocodile Nest
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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..

Fish and Chips, Traditional British Dish
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The Irish is similar - stew, potato, bacon, cabbage.. The early Australian non-Aboriginal food was simple and based on basic agricultural products like wheat, potatoes, lamb and beef.

Sunday Roast
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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.

Pasta with Prosciutto and Tomatoes
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Typical Australian Food - Asian Influence

In the 1800s, gold was found in Australia, which brought a lot of eastern Asians, particularly Chinese to the country. Rice and noodle dishes with more meat choices and more exotic vegetables were added.

Curried Shiitake and Chinese Cabbage with Rice in Bowls
Chinese. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

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.

Vegetable Curry (India)
Indian. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

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 Australian food - well for breaky you cannot get around a vegemite sandwich or eucalypt honey toast (preferably on damper bread if available).

Hard-Boiled Breakfast Egg and Toast with Vegemite
Breaky. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Authentic Australian Lunch

For lunch try the Australian Hamburger. A proper Aussie 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 your mouth).

Harry's Cafe De Wheels, An Eating Institution Since 1945, Sydney, Australia
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If you happen to be in Sydney, go to Harry's Cafe de Wheel in Woolloomooloo and have the famous pea pie - it is yummy and it also contains meat and mashed potato.

Authentic Australian Dinner

For dinner, try our local seafood such as king prawns, Sydney rock oysters, red claw yabbies, Balmain bugs, Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs, or our favourite fish barramundi.

Poached Salmon Salad at Zinc, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Fish. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

Or have a kangaroo, emu or crocodile steak, with Aboriginal bush tucker for salad and veg. Some restaurants also have platters that contain all four.

Kangaroo Steak in Cooking Tray, Central Australia
Kangaroo. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to buy

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 aspen.

Pavlova with Berries
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For a cuppa have billy tea.





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