Australian cuisine is just as diverse as the country itself. However, with such a unique culinary history, there are certain dishes that you simply must try when in Australia. For those of you planning a trip down under this year, OROGOLD has put together a quick guide showing you the best of Australian cuisine.
The pavlova is a classic Australian dessert that was created in honor of a Russian ballerina who was touring Australia in the 1930s. The dessert features a crisp meringue shell topped with fresh fruit, and when you cut into it, it breaks away to reveal gooey layers of marshmallow beneath. There are so many different versions of the pavlova out there now, and if you’re someone that has a sweet tooth, this is an Australian dish that OROGOLD highly recommends you try.
Although some Australians may be reluctant to eat kangaroo meat, many up-and-coming chefs are bringing this traditional ingredient back into the spotlight. Kangaroo meat is a healthy and lean red meat, and is served in a huge variety of ways, from grilled spice-rubbed steaks to juicy burgers with all the trimmings to tasty sizzling breakfast sausages.
Barramundi is an Australian variety of fish that was named by the Aboriginals. It is served all over the country in different ways, but OROGOLD’s favorite recipe is when the fish has been pan-fried and served up with a delicious herb oil.
The meat pie is another classic Australian staple, and you will find it on just about every pub menu in Australia. With flaky pastry and deliciously tender meat, this is a casual dish that you have to try. Of course, you will also find many different gourmet versions, but OROGOLD’s favorite way to eat it is with a simple helping of peas and mashed potatoes.
Fish ‘n’ Chips
Australia has some of the best seafood in the world, making fish ‘n’ chips a popular meal wherever you go in the country. No matter where you order this dish from, your fish will usually be extremely fresh and perfectly fried, served up with lemon and salt and wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper.
Lamingtons are considered to be one of Australia’s national dishes, and is a square-shaped cake that has been covered in chocolate and coconut. OROGOLD considers the lamington to be the perfect afternoon snack to enjoy alongside tea or coffee, especially if you manage to find one of the delectable varieties that contain a layer of cream and jam in the middle.
From the humble meat pie served up at a traditional pub to a gourmet dish of grilled kangaroo with organic vegetables, Australia’s cuisine is hugely diverse, but this is the beauty of it. OROGOLD always recommends trying traditional local foods when visiting a new country, and with such a variety of Australian dishes available, there is no doubt that you will find something that you will instantly fall in love with.