First up, you need to open your mind. Broaden your horizons. If you are travelling to a different country, you should want to do and try new things. It won't be like home and if you want it to be - you should stay home.
Mmmmmm pav. My favourite, I miss it so much. One day I will learn to make it. It's basically a delicious mix of crisp and soft meringue, topped with whipped cream (not cool whip or the like, but actual cream) and fruit. Mum puts chocolate on it too. So good.
2. Meat pie or sausage roll.
You know how you guys get hot dogs and nachos and stuff at sporting events? These are our versions of that. You can get them almost everywhere, some fancier than others. Slather on some tomato sauce and eat it straight from the bag the bakery put it in.
3. Tim Tams.
I might have to revoke my Aussie card after I say this but... not a huge fan of Tim Tams. I know, I know. But most people are, and you might be too, so you should definitely try this chocolate biscuit (not your kind of biscuit). When I do eat them, I dip them in my tea and drink out of them. It's a thing, I promise. All that being said, if you put a packet of Tim Tams in front of me, I will inhale them because I inhale everything.
4. Vegemite on toast (or bread).
I would not recommend most people eat this because it's an acquired taste for sure. No offense, but most Americans I see try vegemite, they slather it on like peanut butter or stick the jar under their nose for a big whiff. Attention: don't do that. I'd prefer you not try it at all because it hurts my feelings when people don't like it, but if you do - first put some butter on (I personally don't like butter, but lots of people do with vegemite) and then sparingly (spar.ing.ly.) spread the vegemite on toast (it spreads better on toast than bread). If you don't like it, don't tell me.
If you're unsure on how to eat vegemite, watch this video:
5. Sausage sizzle at bunnings.
Ok, it doesn't have to be from Bunnings. Bunnings is a large chain of hardware and DIY shops - like Home Depot. Every Saturday, local charities set up a sausage sizzle at pretty much every location. About $2 will get you a barbequed snag (sausage) with tomato sauce (ketchup) on white bread, and for a little extra (like 50 cents) you can add some grilled onions. It's better with one slice of bread, but you can do two if you want more than one snag. You can have a sausage with bread at any old bbq, but it's better at Bunnings - It's hard to resist the smell when you rock up and it's almost worth a trip alone!
|via - great post about the typical aussie sausage sizzle|
Side note: sausages in general are better at home. They aren't the same as they are here. They're kinda gross here, sorry. They aren't like breakfast sausages either.
6. Fish and chips.
Preferably by the beach, with a potato cake on the side. FYI if you're in Melbourne, it's potato cake. If you're in Sydney, it's potato scallop (or just scallop, I know, it's confusing). But either way the fish n chip people will know what you're talking about no matter where you are. Oh, if you're in Melbourne - get a dim sim as well. They're the best there. Yum.
7. Kangaroo or Crocodile.
I personally did not try either of these until we went in June, and only because KC got them and I had a bite. The kangaroo meat is very lean and you can get it in the grocery, it's quite popular. You might feel sad - but people eat deer, don't they? Kangaroos are like rodents at home, they are not cute furry pets. I'm not saying it's okay to eat them because they aren't pets, I'm just saying your perception of them is not the same as ours. You won't find these at every restaurant you go to, but if you see them you should try them - don't be afraid.
|crocodile skewers recipe|
You might be wondering why I'm recommending a whole lot of meat when I'm not even a big meat eater. If you try anything on this list, it should be lamb. Except if you're a vegetarian. But really. I don't eat lamb in the US because no-one does it like we do. Because we love our lamb.
Ok, this might tie for favourite. Vanilla sponge cake dipped in thin chocolate icing and coconut. Yum, yum, yum. When we went to Disney in 2012 during the food & wine festival, there was an Australian cart thingy and they had lamingtons so I of course bought it even though it was overpriced. I might even try and make my own one day. Personally, I like the store brand ones from Woolworths, They're cheaper and yummier. You can even get them in 'bite size' like you won't eat the whole pack.
Bonus - Milkshake!
This isn't food, but golly I miss a good milkshake and I urge you to get one. Krispy Kreme or Wendy's (Wendy's not like your Wendy's, same name, different type of restaurant - ours sells ice cream, doughnuts, hot dogs and milkshakes) have good ones, but you can't go wrong really, unless you go to McDonalds, then you'll get what we call a thickshake - which is like your milkshake. There is nothing wrong with those, I just prefer a good old fashioned milky milkshake.
Of course there are a zillion other things I would like to add to this list (twisties, killer pythons, caramello koalas, anything my mum cooks, iced vovos, anzac biscuits) but I'm trying to keep it simple. Also, I'm not saying these things are only in Australia, or that we invented them - on the contrary, you can get them lots of places like NZ, the UK or even Epcot. Ha.
I had all of these things (and more) when I went back home in 2014 but barely took any photos because I was too focused on eating it immediately. Next time I'll be better.
I've had this post in my drafts for ages, and I thought the last Wanderlust Wednesdays was a good time to finally post it.
Any of these things sound good? I'm kinda hungry now.