The land of kangaroos and koalas, Australia is well known to be the destination to head to when you need to get away from it all. The pace is relatively slower and the people are usually friendly. Depending on which state you head to, there are usually a number of outdoor activities for you to do.
And when it comes to their food, the Australians sure know how to get cooking. Here are 5 foods you have to try if you are heading there for a run anytime soon.
#1 Fish and Chips
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Surprised? You don’t have to be. In fact, because the entire country is surrounded by ocean, you are pretty much guaranteed to have really fresh seafood. Although fish and chips are considered an English specialty, the Australians don’t have theirs with vinegar and they pair their fish with crispy chips instead. The prices may not be very cheap but definitely reasonable for the level of freshness you are getting.
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I’m putting this second because Australians adore their vegemite. They have it with EVERYTHING, even on their toasts. For those who have no idea what vegemite is, it is a dark brown paste made from various vegetables, yeast extract and spice additives. And If you are thinking “Oh, since they have it with their toasts, it should taste sweet right?” Wrong! Vegemite is salty and unless you have tasted Bovril before, the taste of this will most likely make you back peddle a few kilometres from the product. To put it nicely, it is an acquired taste.
#3 Tim Tams
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Now this one is a delicious treat and definitely sweet! Although the usual flavours can be found in most good supermarkets worldwide, the new and unique flavours can only be found in Aussieland. Tim Tams, according to the Australians, are best consumed with a hot cuppa because that’s where the fun comes in. To most effectively eat a Tim Tam, you stick one end in your coffee and then suck the drink from the other side of the biscuit. The chocolate-y Tim Tam goes really well with the coffee and you have got yourself a dessert or a sweet snack.
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Considered almost like a pastime for many Australians, throwing heaps of seafood and meat on the “barbie” is a great way to socialise with friends and family and have a couple of beers and some grub, especially when the weather is good. There’s also usually salad as an accompaniment (got to have your greens!). If you are one of the lucky ones who have family or friends (or both), residing in Australia, you can have one at home. If not, there are also tours that take tourists and locals for barbeques at the beach or anywhere else.
#5 Kangaroo meat
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You may find this in good supermarkets in many countries nowadays but in Australia, as easily as you can see kangaroos hopping around, it is just as easy to find their meat in supermarkets. It’s lean red meat so it’s really healthy and can be prepared in many ways like steaks, burgers, sausages, and so on. Kangaroo meat is especially delicious when it is marinated well and since you are in Australia, you may as well try it!