20 Jan 2016

Must Try Australian Food

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Every culture has its own share of odd food. Other countries fry bugs and create crunchy fritters out of them. Others have complicated dishes that are completed with the use of highly exotic ingredients. In Australia, the food they have is not exactly exotic, but could appeal only to the chosen few. It may be weird on the first try but as one tries to eat it again, you may appreciate the taste the Aussie way. Here is a list of the top 5 Australian foods that you may, one day, dare to try.

The Boston Bun
The Boston Bun is made of a spiced potato bun topped with heaps of thick coconut icing. No one knows why this Australian delicacy is named after a place in the United States; Boston Buns can’t be found in Boston so why name it Boston Bun?! There is nothing so American about the Boston Bun, though in Australia, it is a well-known accompaniment for tea like scones and biscuits in England.

The Pavlova
Created in the 1930’s in honor of the of the world renown Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova when she toured Australia, the Australian Pavlova is basically a cake with a crisp meringue shell with a chewy marshmallow like inside. Any type of fruit can be placed on top of the meringue cake. There are many variations of the Pavlova in Australia but the meringue texture is basic. Again, there is nothing so Russian about the Pavlova, neither does it remind of a ballerina, but with proper execution, the Pavlova can be an elegant dessert to be presented in any barbecue party.

Dagwood Dogs
By principle, Dagwood dogs are like the American Corn dogs. Also known as Pluto Pups, Dagwood dogs are deep friend frankfurters dipped in crispy dough. The difference between Dagwood dogs and Corn dogs is that they are already dipped in ketchup for a more convenient consumption. This way, there is no need to hold another cup for dipping.

Vegemite is one of the oddest foods in Australia. It is made from yeast extract, which is a byproduct of beer brewing (another famous product in the Land Down Under). It tastes a tad bit too bitter and is enjoyed with toast by Australians. Australians love this spread so much that it became distributed by the big scale company Kraft. Not all foreign tastes like this spread and most discreetly describe it as “an acquired taste”.

Pie Floater
The Pie Floater is a green semi-solid contraption topped with ketchup. First, you prepare a meat pie and flip it over. In a separate pot, cook a batch of pea soup. Flip the meat pie on a bowl and pour a healthy serving of pea soup over the meat pie. Top it all off with some ketchup to taste. The dish may not appear appealing but just like the rest of the food on this list; the taste may be for the consumer to determine; delicious or ek?

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