Culinary masterpieces of Australia, which make tourists' heads wet

19 Jun 2023

Australia is a country where the warmest hospitality is combined with the most terrifying creatures on earth. In addition, here you will find truly unique cuisine - from crocodile steaks and edible insects to the iconic Golden Gaytimes! Do not believe? Then read our article faster!

1. Coat of Arms Burger

The Australian coat of arms proudly features two iconic animals: the Kangaroo and the Emu. When a burger was crafted incorporating these national symbols, it sparked controversy and received criticism. Dubbed the Coat of Arms Burger, it was accused by the Australian Monarchist League of mocking the nation's identity. From our perspective, we're amazed at the hunting prowess of the individual who managed to capture both an emu and a kangaroo, as they are incredibly swift creatures.

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2. Kangaroo Meat

While the kangaroo is often perceived as a playful and lively symbol of a profoundly influential nation outside Australia, within the country, it retains those same characteristics, along with the added reputation of being a delectable meat. Kangaroo meat, exported to 55 countries across the globe, is not an obscure delicacy. However, dating back to the time of the Aboriginals, kangaroos have been recognized as a significant source of essential protein, making them a perfect choice for barbecues and nourishment.

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3. Witchetty Grub

The Witchetty Grub, originally a delicacy of the Aboriginals in the Australian outback, gained wider recognition through its featured role in the British TV series, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!! where it became a part of the challenging "bushtucker trials." These peculiar grubs are typically found beneath the root system of a Witchetty tree. While they are commonly consumed raw, the grubs have a cold and slippery texture. Surprisingly, the raw Witchetty Grub is said to have an almond-like taste, but when cooked, it develops a crispy chicken-like skin. If this unique description doesn't pique your interest, we're not sure what will!

Witchetty Grub.jpg?format=webp@Cooking and Eating Sago Grubs (Butod)/MySabah/

4. Beetroot Burgers

In Australia, a remarkable fusion of the enduring classic hamburger and the long-lasting marvel of canned beetroot has emerged as a resounding triumph! While this combination may raise eyebrows elsewhere, akin to the divisive pineapple topping on pizza, Australians have been adorning their succulent burger buns with beetroot slices since the '50s and '60s. Here's a pro tip: to preserve the burger's texture, it's best to add moisture-rich vegetables like tomatoes and beetroot at the final moment, preventing any potential sogginess.

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5. Barramundi

The demand for Barramundi fish in Australia is so high that local producers and fishermen struggle to meet it. This popular fish, also known as the Asian sea bass, can be found in various regions worldwide, including South Asia, Papua New Guinea, and Northern Australia. The Barramundi boasts a delicate and mild flavor, accompanied by a moderate fat content. Additionally, its minimal odor, unlike certain fish like salmon, makes it an ideal choice for home cooking in your own kitchen.

Barramundi.jpg?format=webp@My biggest freshwater fish EVER Barramundi fishing/Silvester's Freshw/

6. Golden Gaytime

Introduced to the Australian market in 1959 by the renowned confectionery company Streets, Golden Gaytime has firmly established itself as an iconic treat within Australian society. This beloved ice cream snack tantalizes taste buds by blending creamy toffee and vanilla ice cream. It is then generously coated in delectable chocolate and encased in delectable honeycomb biscuits. Embracing its distinctive name, the company has fearlessly launched popular advertising campaigns, including memorable slogans like "It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own." Even the packaging of their in-home freezer boxes playfully proclaims “four delicious chances to have a gay time.”

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7. Crocodile Meat

The crocodile has long been regarded as an iconic symbol of Australia, at least in the eyes of outsiders. However, it is only in recent years that its status as a culinary delight has gained momentum, thanks to its distinct flavor. Renowned for its succulent white meat, which is low in fat but rich in protein, crocodile meat is typically prepared using cooking methods akin to pork and chicken. The meat is commonly supplied trimmed of fat, vacuum-sealed, and frozen, ensuring its quality and freshness.

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8. Peach Melba

Nellie Melba, an acclaimed Australian soprano, attained great fame as one of the most renowned singers of the late Victorian era and early 20th century. Her popularity and admiration were so immense that esteemed French Chef Auguste Escoffier dedicated a culinary masterpiece in her name—the Peach Melba! This indulgent creation features a harmonious blend of peaches, raspberry sauce, and a choice of ice cream (traditionally served with vanilla). The dish made its debut presentation to Nellie Melba in the form of an exquisite ice sculpture depicting a graceful swan. The Peach Melba remains a testament to the enduring legacy of both Nellie Melba and Auguste Escoffier in the realm of gastronomy.

Peach Melba.jpg?format=webp@How to Make Peach Melba | Hilah's French Brunch/Hilah Cooking/

9. Kangaroo Tail Soup

In Australia, there is an equivalent to oxtail soup known as Kangaroo Tail Soup, which may not sound particularly enticing at first. However, like many dishes rooted in Aboriginal history, this soup holds significance as a nourishing and comforting meal. To appeal to modern tastes, Kangaroo Tail Soup is enhanced with ingredients such as carrots, celery, onions, herbs, and seasoning. Some chefs even elevate its heartiness by incorporating potato dumplings into the recipe.

Kangaroo Tail Soup.jpg?format=webp@Slow Cooked Kangaroo Tail/MountainMan Hunting Films/

10. John Dory Fillets

Undoubtedly, fish and chips hold a special place in the realm of British fast food. However, it is no secret that Australians have put their own twist on this beloved dish. While they share the tradition of serving the battered fish with a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lemon, the Aussie rendition has its unique characteristics. One notable difference is the choice of fish used. Many fish and chip shops in Australia opt for John Dory, a flavorful fish commonly found in the waters of Sydney Harbour. With its substantial meatiness, this local favorite has garnered popularity among both residents and visitors. 

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11. Cherry Ripe

Australia boasts a multitude of cherished treats that have become indispensable in the lives of its residents. Among these delights is a peculiar one, brought to the country by the British confectionery manufacturer Cadbury. Known as Cherry Ripe, this delectable bar is exclusively available Down Under, adding to its intriguing appeal for those unfamiliar with it. What sets Cherry Ripe apart is its distinct cherry filling, skillfully combined with coconut, and enveloped in a unique, dark chocolate coating. It is often regarded as a superior alternative to the more renowned bounty bar.

Cherry Ripe.jpg?format=webp@ASMR - Cherry Ripe - Australian Accent - Discussing These Chocolate Bars in a Quiet Whisper/Aussie ASMR Man/

12. Burger Flavoured Crisps

The combination of barbecues and Australia is simply heavenly. Picture yourself unwinding on some of the planet's most breathtaking beaches, firing up the grill, and enjoying the company of friends. But what if you reside far from the coast? What if owning a barbecue is not an option? Enter Burger Flavoured Crisps, the ultimate solution to all your concerns. These intensely savory crisps have become a beloved snack in Australian culture. While they may not precisely replicate the taste of a real burger, their irresistible flavor will have you coming back for more, time and time again.

Burger Flavoured Crisps.jpg?format=webp@Burger Man Saucee Original Snacks Review! They're back! | Birdew Reviews/BirdewFoodReviews/   

13. Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana, a beloved pub food staple, is commonly enjoyed in Australia alongside a generous portion of chips and salad. However, the placement of these chips has become a subject of spirited national debate. Some advocate for placing the French fries beneath the chicken, while others argue that they should be served alongside it. In North America, Chicken Parmigiana is often served as an appetizer, featuring a breaded chicken breast topped with tomato-based pasta sauce and a generous serving of cheese—typically mozzarella, provolone, or parmesan.

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14. Chocolate Spiders

Let's be frank, when Australia comes to mind, what are the first things you think of? If insects and creepy crawlies don't make it into your top five thoughts, we might have a hard time being friends. For many, Australia and spiders go hand in hand. However, here's the twist: we adore these spiders, and so do most Australians! They are a staple at children's birthday parties and festive gatherings, where these chocolate-coated noodles never fail to captivate everyone's taste buds, regardless of age. Rest assured, there are no actual spiders involved in the making of these delectable treats.

Chocolate Spiders.jpg?format=webp@CHOCOLATE SPIDERS RECIPE/JordysCooking/

15. Toffees

With just a saucepan, sugar, water, and vinegar, you can create a staple treat found at traditional Australian cake stalls. This simple yet delightful recipe is not only affordable but also a surefire hit, particularly with the younger crowd. Depending on the cooking duration, you can even make stick-jaw toffees, which possess an irresistible sticky texture and a glistening amber appearance. For an extra touch of whimsy, try coating them in rainbow sprinkles—it's hard to resist their allure!

Toffees.jpg?format=webp@Old Fashioned School Fete Toffees | One Pot Chef/OnePotChefShow/

16. Shapes

Hailing from Victoria, Australia, these savory biscuits have been in production since 1952 and are proudly crafted by Arnott's. Initially shaped like potato chips, a change was made in 1974 to flat biscuits to reduce dough waste. Since then, their shape has remained unchanged. Reflecting the Australian penchant for slang, they were aptly named "Shapes" due to the irregularity of the individual pieces within the packet. With a wide range of flavors available, including Nacho Cheese and Chicken Drumstick, it's no wonder these biscuits have become a nationwide obsession!

Shapes.jpg?format=webp@Limited Edition Hawaiian Pizza & Chilli Cheese Arnott's Shapes Biscuits Food Review | Birdew Reviews/BirdewFoodReviews/

17. Cabanossi

Naturally, Australians have embraced the opulent and indulgent tradition of antipasto meats and exquisite cheeses served on platters worldwide and infused it with their own touch. Adding their twist to the mix, locals prefer to indulge in cabanossi (also known as kabana). Alongside, they opt for dry, mild salami resembling pork, cheddar cheese cut into bite-sized cubes, and savory crackers readily available at the local supermarket. In life, simplicity often proves to be the finest choice.

Cabanossi.jpg?format=webp@Meisterclub Cabanossi/Crown National/

18. Bubble O’Bill Ice Cream

Crafted by Streets, a brand under Unilever, Bubble O'Bill Ice Cream has become an iconic treat in Australia. Its distinct name is a playful twist on the renowned figure of the Old West, Buffalo Bill, and pays homage to the ice cream's previous presence in the United States of America. Presently, it is exclusively enjoyed in Australia and New Zealand. The ice cream itself takes the form of a cowboy named Bill, sporting a wide-brimmed chocolate hat with a distinctive bullet-like hole. Bill's face is composed of strawberry ice cream, complemented by a caramel mustache, while an enticing gum-ball replaces his nose. This whimsical creation has captured the hearts and taste buds of many.

Bubble O’Bill Ice Cream.jpg?format=webp@Bubble O'Bill Cake - Australian Icon (How To)/CakesByChoppA/

19. Solo

Introduced in 1968, Solo is a zesty lemon-flavored soft drink that has become an Australian classic. Initially packaged in glass bottles, this deliciously citrus beverage is now conveniently available in 375 ml cans. Marketed with a strong emphasis on masculinity, Solo Man, the drink's iconic mascot, famously portrayed Solo as the ultimate "thirst crusher." Originally positioned as a refreshing pub squash, Solo experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, accompanied by a shift in advertising campaigns that appealed to a wider audience. Today, Solo continues to quench thirsts and delight taste buds with its distinctive lemony taste.

Solo.jpg?format=webp@Solo Lemon Drink - Bad Australian Advert/BADAUSSIETELLY/

20. Pavlova

Contrary to popular belief, Pavlova, a beloved dessert, was actually invented in Australia. In 1926, the Davis Gelatine company in Sydney unearthed and published the earliest recorded recipe for a dish named "Pavlova" in Australia. Interestingly, the original recipe described a multi-layered jelly rather than a meringue-based dessert. Over time, Pavlova evolved into its iconic form—a delicate meringue base topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits. This delectable treat has become a staple during festive occasions and holiday meals. Fondly referred to as "the pav," it enjoys widespread popularity in both Australia and New Zealand, where it is believed to have been named in honor of the renowned Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.


21. Vanilla Slice

Widely available in bakeries throughout the vast expanse of Australia, the Vanilla Slice is fondly referred to as a 'Snot Block'. This somewhat unflattering nickname stems from the thick and viscous texture of the custard that adorns this delightful pastry. Despite the less-than-appetizing imagery, the Vanilla Slice is actually quite delicious. It is often enjoyed after several hours of baking, allowing the custard and various fillings (such as vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, or passion fruit icing) to set and thicken. However, if you're feeling particularly famished, you can indulge in these slices straight out of the oven.

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22. Vegemite

Vegemite can be considered as the closely related cousin of Marmite, sharing a similar essence. Its distinctive taste and aroma have the power to either captivate those who adore this Australian specialty or prompt others to hastily plan their departure! It's possible to experience both reactions! Crafted from yeast extract, Vegemite emerges as a by-product of beer brewing, representing the sludgy residue that is typically discarded by breweries. Delightful, isn't it? The result is a sticky brown paste imbued with a savory salt flavor, commonly spread on buttered toast or enjoyed alongside crackers and cheese.


23. Servo Sausage Rolls

Sharing a similar history with the vegetable roll, the sausage roll has established itself as a favored snack for many. In Australia, the go-to variation features a flaky pastry that can be found at reliable Servos (known as gas stations). Regarded as the ultimate snack for road trips, the servo sausage roll has captured the hearts of Australians. The level of devotion towards this treat was so strong that in a 2019 poll, it was voted the "best" food available at all Servos, solidifying its esteemed status.

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24. Musk Sticks

Despite their resemblance to erasers used in primary school, Musk Sticks enjoy immense popularity as a confectionery snack throughout Australia. These sticks, available from various suppliers, consist of a semi-soft fondant stick, typically pink in color and with a distinctive star-shaped cross-section. Their flavor and aroma carry floral notes, hence the name "musk." It's worth mentioning that in October 2018, these beloved Australian treats caused quite a stir when they were included in Sweden's Disgusting Food Museum, prompting outrage among the nation's residents.

Musk Sticks.jpg?format=webp@How to make musk sticks so simple and tastes Devine 2022/Leah’s cookbook ideas/

25. Pies in Soup

Pies in soup may sound like a peculiar concept, but in Adelaide, it has given rise to the legendary pie floater. This dish features a hearty pea soup, often accompanied by a touch of tomato sauce, topped with a simple yet satisfying meat pie. It has become an ideal meal for chilly Australian evenings. Interestingly, the pie floater originated as a beloved street food, which perhaps explains the deep fondness Australians hold for this distinctive culinary creation.

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26. Deep-Fried Crisps

Similar to various cuisines worldwide, the measure of a dish's success often lies in the amount remaining at the end of a gathering. When it comes to these deep-fried crisps, you can practically guarantee there won't be a single one left by morning! Taking the beloved humble crisp or chip and submerging it into a bubbling vat of vegetable oil results in an already irresistible snack with an extra satisfying crunch.

Deep-Fried Crisps.jpg?format=webp@Making Potato Chips at Home: Definitely Worth It/My Name Is Andong/

27. Devon and Tomato Sauce

In Australia, this cherished creation goes by the name Devon, while the rest of the world knows it as baloney or bologna. Locally, it is fondly referred to as a 'fritz and sauce sandwich'. Essentially, Devon is a form of processed meat. Assembling the sandwich, like many national favorites, demands minimal culinary expertise. The process involves three simple steps. First, spread butter on your white bread. Second, layer the Devon on the bread. Finally, generously cover the entire sandwich with tomato sauce. It's nearly foolproof, making it difficult to go wrong with this delightful treat.

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28. Le Snak

Le Snak holds a special place in the hearts of Australian children as a beloved childhood favorite. It was the coveted snack that every child hoped to find in their lunch box. And for those who didn't have it, it became the snack they longed for. This timeless savory treat consists of a combination of crackers and real cheese, creating a simple yet satisfying snack. Its popularity is so enduring that many Australians living abroad still request special Le Snak shipments from their families back home. Available in a variety of flavors, from nacho cheese to French onion, Le Snak offers a range of options to suit different tastes.

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29. Dim Sim

Dim Sum is a broad category encompassing a diverse assortment of bite-sized Chinese dishes. Among them is the Dim Sim, a Chinese-inspired snack comprising a filling of meat and vegetables wrapped in a wrapper that can be consumed as part of the dish. Typically, this Asian-inspired snack is prepared by deep-frying or steaming, and it is often served alongside soy sauce for added flavor. However, in Australia's unique culinary landscape, the Dim Sim can also be cooked on a barbecue, providing a delightful and tasty alternative preparation method.

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30. Snag Sizzler

It is widely recognized that Australians have a deep affinity for barbecues, but what may be less familiar is their fondness for a Snag Sizzler. A "Snag" refers to an affordable sausage, cooked on a grill or barbecue, and served on a slice of equally economical white bread alongside some sautéed onions, known as the "Sizzle." To complete this delectable creation, a sauce of your choice is added, with tomato sauce being the typical preference. However, similar to the beloved American hotdog, which serves as the inspiration for the snag sizzler, the choice of sauce ultimately rests on your personal tastes and preferences.

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31. Lemon, Lime, and Bitters

Australia's unofficial national drink, Lemon, Lime and Bitters, has achieved remarkable popularity with over one hundred million servings consumed annually. This refreshing beverage is traditionally crafted using Angostura bitters, which interestingly originated from their use in treating seasickness on British Royal Navy ships during the 1840s. The delightful combination of lemon, lime, and bitters soon captivated taste buds on land, gaining widespread acclaim for its invigorating flavor. Today, Lemon, Lime, and Bitters continue to be cherished as a beloved Australian drink, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

Lemon, Lime, and Bitters.jpg?format=webp@Best Lemon Lime & Bitters Recipe for Dry January - Through the Mixing Glass/Through the Mixing Glass/

32. Emu Meat

Once hailed as the "next red meat" due to its remarkably high iron content, the popularity of consuming Emu has experienced various fluctuations in recent years. Similar to many Australian delicacies, Emu holds a significant historical connection with the Aboriginal community, with evidence of Emu consumption dating back thousands of years. However, unlike Kangaroo and other native meats that have found a place in modern Australian cuisine, Emu meat hasn't quite gained the same traction. Nonetheless, Emu oil has been marketed and sold for medicinal purposes for many years.

Emu Meat.jpg?format=webp@Trying EMU For The First Time! Emu MUKBANG from Emu Heaven, Queensland!/Mitch Eats/

33. Milk-Chew Sweets

Milk-Chew Sweets, a beloved chewy confectionery that captivates the taste buds of Australians, holds a special place on the island. These sweets are often associated with nostalgic memories of childhood, readily available at local corner stores for the remarkably low price of five cents. While they may not have earned a spot in Sweden's Disgusting Food Museum just yet, we humorously submit our formal application for Milk Chewy Sweets to be considered for admission into the esteemed realm of repulsive delicacies.

Milk-Chew Sweets.jpg?format=webp@If You Have Milk, Make This Dessert | Milk Rice Cake | Milk Candy/The Cooking Foodie/

34. Violet Crumble

The delectable Violet Crumble was originally created by Hoadley's Chocolates in South Melbourne around 1913. Nowadays, it is produced in Adelaide. This delightful chocolate bar features a honeycomb toffee center that boasts a satisfyingly crumbly texture, all enveloped in a layer of smooth chocolate. Fans of British confectionery may draw comparisons to the Crunchie bar made by Cadbury. The popularity of Violet Crumble is so immense that students at Melbourne Wesley College have playfully endured some gentle teasing due to the resemblance between their uniform, which sports purple and yellow colors, and the packaging of a Violet Crumble.

Violet Crumble.jpg?format=webp@Violet Crumble Candy Bar, Nestle - It's The Way It Shatters That Matters/Lucky Penny Shop/

35. Bacon and Cheese Rolls

These pillowy rolls hold a special place in the hearts of Australian youth. Their delectable goodness stems from a straightforward and foolproof recipe – simply sprinkle chopped bacon bits and cheese onto the dough and bake them in the oven for a mere thirty minutes. While most people prefer to wait until the cheese turns melty and the bacon becomes crispy, the ease of preparation allows for multiple variations to be created simultaneously. These warm and flavorsome treats are truly hard to surpass, making them an unbeatable snack option.

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36. Long Black

If you find yourself wondering what sets Australian coffee apart, you're not alone. While the distinction may not be overly dramatic, there is one particular coffee concoction that embodies the Australian coffee culture. Enter the Long Black, reminiscent of an Americano but with its own twist. This distinctive brew combines a shot of espresso with hot water, but what sets it apart is the method. The espresso is skillfully extracted directly into the hot water, allowing the luscious crema to remain on the surface, creating a velvety layer that enhances the coffee-drinking experience.

Long Black.jpg?format=webp@How to Make A Long Black Coffee/coffeefusion/

37. SAO Biscuit

Although they may not appear extraordinary at first glance, the SAO biscuit holds a fascinating history. Originally distributed by Salvation Army officers, hence the name, these square crackers are crafted from thinly rolled dough sheets. They are commonly used as the foundation for mini sandwiches, often layered with butter, Vegemite, and chopped vegetables. A common sight is children squirting condiments through the holes in the crackers, creating delicious "worms." SAO crackers have earned a permanent spot in the kitchen cupboards of many Australian households.

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38. Seafood Pizza

While topping pizza with seafood is not a groundbreaking concept, seafood pizza has carved a special place for itself in Australia. It has become an institution among pizzeria enthusiasts who relish the combination of the ocean's finest delicacies, such as shrimp and calamari, generously scattered over their cheese and tomato sauce pies. To add a spicy kick, many Australians also sprinkle a generous amount of chili flakes on their seafood pizza. Interestingly, locals refer to this pizza as a "marinara," which can be perplexing for both visitors and residents alike. This is because the term "marinara" is often associated with tomato sauce in other parts of the world.

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39. Pumpkin Soup

While seafood and grilled meats are undeniably prominent in Australian cuisine, there is more to the culinary scene than meets the eye. Vegetarian soups have gained considerable popularity among Aussies, and one standout favorite is pumpkin soup. This hearty delight takes center stage, particularly during the Australian winter season. For an authentic Down Under twist, incorporating a Granny Smith apple is the way to go. Interestingly, this variety of apple has its roots in Australia, dating all the way back to 1868.

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40. Salt and Pepper Calamari

While calamari is globally recognized, Australians have a knack for elevating it to another level. This is in no small part due to the fact that Australia is blessed with some of the most pristine waters in the world, which facilitates a wide variety of seafood for its locals.

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41. Lamb Leg Roast

While calamari is a popular dish worldwide, Australians have a knack for taking it to another level. This can be attributed to Australia's abundance of pristine waters, which offer a diverse range of seafood to the locals. In Australia, chefs take squid and coat it in a delectable salt and pepper batter before deep frying it to perfection. You'll find this dish featured on the menus of many pubs, typically accompanied by a small tub of sweet chili sauce for dipping.

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42. Crab Sticks

The term "crab sticks" can be misleading for those unfamiliar with them, as these sticks rarely contain actual crab meat. Instead, whitefish is commonly processed into a soft, pâté-like consistency that resembles the texture of crab leg meat. The Japanese introduced this snack to Australia in the 20th century, but Australians have truly embraced these sticks and made them their own. It's not uncommon to find pub-goers ordering a bowl of crab sticks to accompany their drinks, as they have become a popular pub snack in Australia.

Crab Sticks.jpg?format=webp@What's Really Inside Fake Crab Meat?/Insider Science/

43. Iced Vovos

Iced VoVos, a beloved creation by the renowned Australian confectionery brand Arnott's, made its debut in 1906. Originally known as Iced Vo-Vo biscuits, these delightful treats consist of wheat flour biscuits topped with two strips of pink fondant, a layer of raspberry jam, and a sprinkle of coconut. Iced VoVos have become an emblem of Australian pride over the years, to the extent that when Prime Minister Rudd secured his election victory in 2007, he encouraged his team to commemorate the occasion with a cup of tea accompanied by an Iced VoVo!

Iced Vovos.jpg?format=webp@ASMR - Iced VoVos Biscuits - Australian Accent - Discussing These Biscuits in a Quiet Whisper/Aussie ASMR Man/

44. Nutri-Brex

The idea of having small, dense wheat bricks for breakfast may not initially sound appealing to some, but Australians have embraced them with enthusiasm. Similar to the British Weetabix, this breakfast item has been a longstanding staple in Australian households. It has even garnered endorsements from some of Australia's notable personalities. Cricketer Brett Lee, during his promotional association with the company under its previous name, claimed to consume seven of these compact wheat biscuits every morning. Taking it a step further, footballer Tim Cahill boasted about his breakfast routine of eating nine of them. Clearly, these condensed wheat biscuits have found favor among athletes and breakfast lovers in Australia.


45. Goanna Meat

The term "goanna" encompasses approximately 80 species of reptiles, with around 25 of them found in Australia. These predatory lizards are known for their relatively large size, sharp teeth, claws, and potentially venomous bite. However, indigenous Australians have long reported successful hunting of goannas over thousands of years. Traditionally, these reptiles were cooked whole over hot coals, and their white meat is recognized for its oily texture and a flavor reminiscent of chicken.

Goanna Meat.jpg?format=webp@HUNTING A GIANT AUSTRALIAN GOANNA FOR FOOD // PART 1 // CATCH AND COOK/Hunters & Drifters/

46. Chicken Flavoured Salt

Believe it or not, Chicken Flavoured Salt is indeed a thing. However, let's clarify that it's not salt infused with chicken or chicken stock flavor. The exact birthplace of this unique seasoning is a matter of spirited debate, but it can be traced back to chicken shops in South Australia during the 1970s. Chicken Flavoured Salt is a savory salt blend, skillfully seasoned with a subtle touch of sweetness. Initially created to enhance the flavor of rotisserie chicken, fate intervened when a fortuitous spill occurred, landing some of the seasonings onto a batch of hot chips. From that point forward, a significant chapter in history began.

Chicken Flavoured Salt.jpg?format=webp@How Make Chicken Salt, Australia's Best Kept Secret/We Like Food/

47. Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Biscuits, a delightful snack that perfectly suits lockdown cravings, offers a simple yet delectable treat. With a delightful combination of crunchiness, chewiness, and crispiness, it's no wonder that this unassuming indulgence is highly esteemed—it even boasts the inclusion of golden syrup! Originating from the need for long-lasting provisions during wartime, the Australian army sought ingredients that would withstand the challenges of transportation to the front lines. The recipe includes rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup, and bicarbonate of soda. By combining these ingredients, you can create Anzac Biscuits. For an authentic touch reminiscent of the military experience, store them in a tin alongside some Billy Tea.

Anzac Biscuits.jpg?format=webp@ANZAC Biscuits Recipe | Recipes by Carina/Recipes by Carina/

48. Devon and Mash

Once again highlighting the Australian love for Devon, another unique culinary creation emerges: the Devon and mashed potato combination. This unconventional pairing is a popular choice for traditional party snacks. In this delightful treat, Devon acts as a protective layer encasing the mashed potatoes, held together by a sturdy toothpick. For those seeking a more adventurous twist, adding vegetables like spring onion and chives to the mashed potato mixture is a common option. However, for a truly daring experience, some chefs have even proposed substituting the potato with a zesty pumpkin alternative.

Devon and Mash.jpg?format=webp@Retro Devon Rolls/The BearSpice Kitchen/

49. Deep-Fried Cabbage Rolls

Variations of rolls like these can be found across the globe, typically featuring a mix of chopped vegetables and meat rolled together. This delightful creation often serves as the ultimate comfort food. However, in Australia, things take a different turn. Down under, these rolls are predominantly filled with cabbage and beef, then deep-fried in vegetable oil. Known as Chiko Rolls, they have been a beloved fixture in Aussie cuisine since 1951, commonly sold as a convenient on-the-go snack.

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50. Damper

In the early days of Australia, a beloved staple meal known as damper was commonly prepared by drovers, stockmen, and travelers using a cast-iron pot called a "camp oven" with a lid. Its significance was such that it became a customary dish to mark national pride on Australia Day, with fresh batches being made for the occasion. Originally, the damper was created using plain flour, salt, and water, reflecting the limited ingredient availability at the time. However, as time passed, the addition of butter and self-raising flour gained popularity, resulting in a more flavorful outcome.

Damper.jpg?format=webp@Making campfire damper bread the traditional way 🍞🔥 | Food, Cooking & Recipes | ABC Australia/ABC Australia/