Meat is plentiful
in Australia and makes up a large part of the people's diet. Beef
is the most popular meat, followed by lamb and mutton, poultry,
and pork. Australians generally prefer their food plain rather than
Meat is usually
grilled or roasted and served with potatoes and another vegetable.
However, Italian, Greek, and various other European styles of cooking
have become increasingly popular as the number of immigrants from
mainland Europe has increased. Many Australians have also developed
a taste for food from Southeast Asian countries.
are common throughout Australia. In addition, the larger cities
have a number of Indian, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese restaurants.
Tea is still a popular hot drink in Australia. However, coffee consumption
has tripled since the mid-1900's, while tea consumption has declined.
is the most popular alcoholic drink. Australia's long, sunny summers
and mild winters enable the people to enjoy picnics and barbecues
all year round.
Multi Cultural Diversity
One of the reasons you'll find Australian food so delicious
is because of its cultural diversity and rich ethnic influences.
You'll be spoilt for choice - Chinese, Mediterranean, Japanese,
Middle Eastern, African, Mexican, Korean - just to name a
Around the Australian Bush
If you're camping away from the city, you might want to try
your hand at cooking the native dishes, or "bush tucker",
as they're called. Try damper - a type of bread that's cooked
over campfire coals - and wash it down with billy tea, a cuppa
flavored with a couple of eucalyptus leaves.
Contemporary Australian Cuisine
These days, Australian cuisine is an exciting melting pot
of Mediterranean and Asian flavours, especially with the emergence
of the use of indigenous nuts, fruits, herbs and berries with
native meats and seafoods.
With a crisp meringue exterior and a fluffy marshmallow center,
all topped with whipped cream and tropical fruits, the Pavlova
is a favorite Australian dessert. You might also like lamptons:
squares of sponge cake, dipped in chocolate glaze and sprinkled
with grated coconut.
Ever tasted kangaroo tail soup, barbecued emu, camel stew
or gum-smoked crocodile? Well, these are just some of the
unusual-sounding Australian dishes. Check out Vegemite, a
black, grease-like yeast-extract paste that Australians love
on toast or sandwiches.
Because most Australian states have at least one wine-producing
area, wines come cheap and you'll be spoilt for choice. Stick
to the award-winning ones like Penfolds. Don't forget to have
a go at Australia's famous beers like Fosters and XXXX.
Fresh From The Seas
Australia's oceans provide a bountiful harvest not only for
the country, but also for the rest of the world. Waterfront
restaurants serve the famous Sydney rock oysters, abalone,
king crab, Balmain bugs, barramundi (freshwater fish), tiger
prawns, and yabbies (small freshwater lobsters).