6 Unusual Australian Foods

There’s no shortage of food to try in a land as vast and diverse as Australia. From scrumptious seafood to unusual offerings like the national animal (keep reading) and reptilian meat, you’ll no doubt come across flavours that just may surprise you. Some you’ll recognise, or a variation of, while others might raise your taste buds’ curiosity. Here’s a selection of foods for you to read up on before you try.

Vegemite

To be fair, this one is popular all over the world. It just goes under different names. The dark brown paste is made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with spice additives and vegetables. Admittedly, it sounds quite disgusting but with toast and butter, it’s actually delicious, as well as being a popular snack in the UK, as well as Australia, of course. It’s called Marmite in Britain, although Australians insist that their recipe is superior. Of course they do!

Snags

These are actually sausages. Australians refer to them as being English-style. The thin version is that which most resembles the English variety, while the thicker version, referred to by South Australians as Merryland, are barbecued. Meats typically found in snags vary, with chicken, beef and pork all being popular. Gamey meats like kangaroo, however, have recently been used. A snag in a roll with your sauce of choice is a staple of Australian food culture and are found at barbecues all over the country.

Kangaroo

The kangaroo may be Australia’s national animal, but they seem to have no trouble eating it. Produced in the wild, it’s also becoming popular throughout the world. In fact, as of 2010, it was exported to more than 55 countries. And that was nine years ago. Low in fat and high in protein, kangaroo is commonly served in snags or as a steak.

Crocodile

This one may not be uniquely Australian but after the Crocodile Dundee phenomenon of the 1980’s, Australia became associated with the reptilian meat more than any other. While it’s not eaten wildly and is regarded as being a delicacy, it’s a succulent and tasty white meat that, like the kangaroo, is low in fat and high in protein. It’s commonly marinated with a basic sauce as the crocodile’s flavour is delicate. It’s served as a steak or on skewers once cooked. It both looks and tastes like chicken, and is actually delicious.

Lamington

The sponge cake is coated in coconut shavings and chocolate icing and is often called Australia’s national dessert. It was even named as one of the country’s favourite icons by the National Trust of Queensland. Most cafes feature it on the menu and it’s often enjoyed with a hot drink. It’s a great choice for the sweet-toothed among you.

Fantales

Nestle’s sugary treat is basically a chewy caramel with a milk chocolate coating and is a firm favourite down under. It’s famous for its unique wrapping: it’s blue and yellow and features movie trivia scribed on it, which explains why it’s commonly enjoyed while watching a movie.

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