The Land Down Under is a must-see travel destination for the avid traveler. Breathtaking landmarks captivate the senses, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Sydney Harbour.
But Australia has more than just beautiful natural landmarks and amazing feats of architecture. The country offers a gastronomic experience like no other.
Australia’s distinct — and considerably remote — geographic location lends itself to a truly unique set of flora and fauna, which allows for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Below are a few Australian dishes that you must try while you’re visiting.
Let’s start things off easy with Aussie meat pies. This is an iconic Australian dish comprised of short crust base, minced meat (beef mince is the most common), and gravy.
Some variations will add in a healthy helping of vegetables for that added nutritional value.
When is the best time to grab a meat pie? Most probably any time of the day. It’s a fairly convenient snack to grab on the go and it does leave you quite filled up — making it a substantial meal while in a hurry.
According to historians, the reason why it’s made as a pastry is because back in the middle ages, people had to figure out a way how to hold in the cooked meat.
Next up is Vegemite, which is the Aussie equivalent of peanut butter and jelly. Yes, it’s normally eaten with toasted bread, but it definitely tastes different from peanut butter.
What does it taste like? For one, it’s very salty, similar to bagoong from the Philippines — although there is such a thing as sweet bagoong. It’s also quite savory. Just a small glazing of Vegemite is enough so make sure to start small.
The dark reddish-brown spread is made up of a mix of yeast extract, vegetables, and a variety of spices. If you’re not from Australia, it will take time to ease into it — an acquired taste for sure.
If you’re looking for exotic Australian food, then the Witchetty Grub may be just the thing.
Word of caution, this is the white larvae of the ghost moth, which can only be found in the Australian Outback. During summertime, people dig them out of trunks and roots of gum trees.
How do Aussies consume Witchetty Grubs? Some prefer eating them raw or while others sizzle them first by the barbecue. They’re rich in protein and other nutrients.
Witchetty Grubs are an essential part of the Aboriginal diet and Australians have learned to love this unique delicacy.
Moreton Bay Bug
This bug — which isn’t really an actual bug — refers to a lobster-like sea creature, which can be cooked and eaten. And according to Australians, The Moreton Bay Bug is arguably better than lobster.
Before grilling them while inside their shells, Chefs cut them in half, add oil (or butter), and sprinkle some fresh salt and pepper.
This bug is named after Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Queensland, but it’s not limited to just that area. Moreton Bay Bugs can be found along Australia’s northeastern coast, all the way to its northwestern coastline.
Does it really taste better than lobster? Find out for yourself!