A Retrospection of Australian Food

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Given that Australia is a multi-cultural society, nobody is surprised how rich and various Australian food is.

In the early colonial days, menus included seafood, native vegetables, fruits and nuts. You may have heard of some Australian some native fruit such as lily pillies, rosellas or hibiscus, wild raspberries native currants, quandongs etc.

With the influence of the European, US and Chinese newcomers, Australians developed the taste to Chinese food and new spices, especially in the port cities.

Since early 1900, at the time of Australian Federation, the era of the picnics came, leading to Australian great tradition of barbequing. There’s nothing more Australians than a picnic on the open with family and friends.

With the innovations, later on, came new recipes. New terms such as ‘billy of tea’, Anzac biscuits and vegemite spread were added to Australian vocabulary at that time.

With the new migrant flow at the end of the Second World War, Australian food was influenced by new styles mainly Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and African.

So, what’s the most famous Australian food today?

Anzac Biscuits – associated with the Anzac Day (April 25), these biscuits were made by wives during the war and sent to soldiers. The ingredients of the biscuits were well able to keep for a long time.

Anzac biscuits

Pavlova – there was a severe competition on the origin of this dessert between Australia and New Zealand for many years. Both countries claim to have invented it and named it after the great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. And even if it was finally proven that it belongs to New Zealand, Aussies proudly call it Australian food. It’s a dessert that has a crisp crust and a soft inside, decorated with cream and fresh fruit.

Vegemite spread – The Vegemite spread is a dark brown, yeast-based spread that was invented by a Melbourne scientist as a way to use the yeast left from beer production.

Vegemite spread

Meat pies – nowadays, the meat pie has many variations, often served with mashed potatoes and gravy. This is a traditional meal for every party, sporting event etc.

meat pie

Lamingtons – called the ‘National Cake of Australia’. This square-shaped sponge cake is coated with a layer of chocolate icing and coconut.


Tim Tam – is perhaps one of the most desired biscuits in Australia. This adorable biscuit is made up of two layers of chocolate-melted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate filling.

tim tam


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