What do Australians eat ?
What do Australians eat? The answer is a lot of things. Australia is a fairly new country. The traditional owners of the land, Australian Aboriginals have their own traditional food. Since the British colonised Australia in 1788, people have continued to pour in from all over the world, making Australia one of the top ten most multi-cultural cities in the world. Around 40 % of the population of Sydney are from overseas and 250 languages are spoken. With this wide range of cultures, comes a variety of different types of food. From westernised versions, to traditional food sold on the street, or made in family homes, you can access pretty much anything. There are some foods though, that make people think of Australia when they eat them. Here are some examples for you to try while you visit.
When people think about Australia, they think of Vegemite. Its true not ALL Australians like Vegemite But many do. It is a little salty for people that are not used to it, But we are traditionally given Vegemite from a very young age and we grow to rely on its soothing properties. Vegemite is full of Vitamin B, which makes it perfect for a upset stomach. If you have been out the night before and feel seedy the next day, Vegemite on toast or Arnott’s SAO biscuits will cure you. If you have a bug and can’t keep anything down, Vegemite will cure you. Many Australian’s start their day with Vegemite on toast. The key is to only scrape a small amount on. Give it a try, you might just like it.
Meat pies and tomato sauce.
Australians like watching sport outdoors. One of our most popular outings, is watching football in the Winter time. Football can be Rugby League, Rugby Union or AFL. We also watch soccer. Winter in Sydney can be cold. However, if you rug up with thick socks, an extra jumper and a coat, you will be fine to spend time outdoors. Eating something hot like a meat pie with sauce, will also help you get through the afternoon.
Australians joke that we are the only country in the world, that would eat it’s national animal. Kangaroo is a tasty meat and it is also very good for. It will be tough though, if it’s over cooked. Low in fat (with virtually no saturated fat), it has lots of iron and vitamin B12, as well as high levels of most of the other B vitamins. Purchase kangaroo at butchers and good supermarkets.
Lamingtons are a popular small cake, cut into cubes. White sponge is rolled in chocolate and then in coconut. They are eaten like this or filled with cream and/or jam. Most Australian morning teas, or cake stalls will feature lamingtons. You can also buy them at the supermarket. Lovely with a cup of tea or coffee.
Australian’s also like to eat snacks along the way. Tim Tams are our favourite biscuit. They are one of the first things that Australian’s offer international visitors. If you like chocolate, you are sure to love Tim Tams. We like chocolate in most forms and some our favourite chocolate bars are Flakes, Cherry Ripe and Violet Crumbles. Whatever your tastes, whether sweet or savoury, you will find something to try.
SELC offers courses in English, Business, Fitness and Early Childhood Education and Care studies, in the heart of the Sydney CBD and Bondi Junction. We encourage students to live the full Australian experience, while they are here studying with us. If you would like information on any of our courses, don’t hesitate to contact us or have a look at the SELC website.