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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hello, haven't visited this forums for so long...


Anyway, I'm doing a bit of research on Australian food for a writing competition, and my second thought (after visiting wikipedia and not getting much was to ask expert opinions here instead. The theme for the competition is an Australian Food Experience. I already have the plot and stuff figured out, but the only problem is the Food Experience. It's easy to just look up iconic Australian dishes or beverages, but I'd like to ask you guys who have such experiences for help :)


If you can give me a dish or beverage, and a brief description of how it's prepared, that would be great. What would be even better would be how it would taste as well as maybe a bit of history (as I'm somehow a bit of a history obsessed person now...) 


Any replies are very much welcome, and of course I'll try to look up all the other stuff too. Thanks! 

post #2 of 20

So you want somebody elso to do your 'research' job?

Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
post #3 of 20

Sounds like homework to me......

post #4 of 20

People here are so mean to students.  Why can't "asking someone who knows this stuff" not be considered research?  


OP, I know nothing about Australian food.  I do know there is a very large Greek population so some greek dishes will be part of the culture.  An australian food site might be a better bet.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."


"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

post #5 of 20

Yeah, I think Adrian asks a perfectly reasonable question.  He was pretty straightforward about what he was looking for, what he had already done, and what he wanted to do with it.  Not taking advantage of online resources, especially one like this that can offer personal first hand opinions, in this day and age is doing proper research.  I guarantee you a Librarian would suggest he do exactly that (having been one for most of my twenties).


He is asking for general information, not a plug and play answer.  He is looking for a jumping off point, personally I like that his research didnt begin and end with wikipedia.


If he had lied and said something like "I am a personal chef and have been retained to do a private diner for a client who is hosting a group of Australian business colleges.  I would like to incorporate some classic, unique Australian dishes.  Any suggestions?" he would get no grief from anybody.


Adrian, I have no personal connection with Australian cuisine.  What I would do (assuming a local Library doesn't have The Big Book of Australian Cuisine and its History, which, I am willing to bet a shinny quarter, they won't) is check for online Food and cooking periodicals from Australia.  Depending on the state of food journalism there, you might hit gold, or just get listicles of recipes.  But once you get those recipes, those dishes, double back and source out their individual histories.  Information webs itself out like that, one strand, no matter how thin, can lead to a dozen others.  Gradually you start to see a bigger picture.


Good Luck!



post #6 of 20

It's reasonable.  He already said looking up standard Australian food is easy, he wants a bit more about the experience.  


Yeah, sometimes I'm guilty myself, if it had been a first time post I would have been a bit leary.  :)

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 

It's not exactly research as just food recipes, but (as kuan said) the experience. It's not homework as it's a competition I'm joining in my free time. But thanks for the replies, I will try to look up on some Australian food websites in my spare time, and I can't believe I didn't think about finding Australian cuisine books in the library... Since I spend most my free time there anyway, I might as well give it a shot :) 


Thanks Allan, I'll definitely try to search up those online periodicals and try to continue from there. Seems like I have a lot of work to do. Still, I've never tried much Australian food, so thinking up the tastes and experiences would require a bit more imagination :)

post #8 of 20

Go here and post your question subject line "AussieBrian can you help?". The forum isn't too active in the summer but I think he still monitors it.

post #9 of 20

Might be worth to look into some bush tucker, too. Can't claim any experience there, except from watching some movies and some reading, but that would make for something uniquely Australian.

post #10 of 20

In plan of helping (besides googling and youtubing Australian food and Australian cuisine) you can also try Food blogs in Australia. Here for instance you have a huge list of blogs:


Also check basic info here:


I did my homework! I'm redeemed.

Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
post #11 of 20

Do a search for these:



-dim sim (not to be confused with dim sum)

-meat pies

-vegemite on toast

-burger with fried egg and beet

-pizza with egg

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 

mtullius: I can't seem to access that forums, I keep refreshing and it says "Web page not available" :/


GeneMachine: Oh yes, that might be interesting too. Kangaroo meat, crocodile meat, etc, the only problem is (as I mentioned before), I don't know how they taste haha


Ordo: Thanks, I'll definitely check those in my free time :)


babytiger: Yea, I've looked at lamingtons and vegemite already, dim sim sounds interesting though, and the meat pies from Brit influence 


Thanks for the replies again, I'll have a look at these stuff soon :)

post #13 of 20

Mmm.. I was just there. Here's a link to the front page

post #14 of 20
Hello from an Australian. Australia has a huge multicultural food following. Much Mediterranean and asian influences. Myself I will cook many asian dishes at home, and have visited asian grocery last time I did regular groceries as well. We also have a big variety of seafood available, I just had mud crab for lunch (bragging), and xmas day often celebrated with prawns. We also have good variety of fresh fruit, perfecly ripe avocado, and I spotted some mangoes coming onto a tree the other day. Vegemite on toast for brekkie though nothing special there. Check out search prawn avocado mango salad
Edited by QlderJ - 9/13/14 at 11:56pm
post #15 of 20
Originally Posted by Adrian Chua View Post

GeneMachine: Oh yes, that might be interesting too. Kangaroo meat, crocodile meat, etc, the only problem is (as I mentioned before), I don't know how they taste haha


 There's a lot more to bush food than just 'roo and crocodile - foraged plants and herbs are particularly interesting, if you want to go into that topic. Mostly theoretical for me, given that I live in Bavaria..... but I like reading up on stuff like this and trying out whatever I can get my hands on.

post #16 of 20

Come to think of it, Marvin Harris' "Good to Eat" has some sections on aboriginal foraging practices. It's a rather academic text on culinary anthropology, though, but I found it quite interesting.

post #17 of 20

It's worth noting that the very idea of 'Australian' has changed rapidly in the past century.


Until World War One, Australians viewed themselves purely as British Australasians, ie. British living in Australia.


Australians continued to view themselves as British until the Second World War, after which mass immigration from non-British parts of Europe turned Australia into a white multicultural society. Native Aborigines were excluded from the national consciousness.


The 'white Australia' policy, a government policy specifically excluding Asians from migrating to Australia, was overturned in the 1970's with the welcoming of mass arrivals of Vietnamese refugees. Mass migration of Lebanese to Sydney, and more non-European migration formed what Australia currently is: multicultural and multi-ethnic.


Therefore, what 'Australian cuisine' means today differs from what it meant in the 1970's, and even more so from the period before World War Two. The cuisine reflects society as a whole.


In my opinion, Australia has no unique cuisine, just imitations of the other cultures that have migrated. Only Aboriginal cuisine could be considered truly Australian, and I don't know many people who are interested in eating raw worms, a la The Bushtucker Man.

post #18 of 20

Some classic Australian fare is the meat pie (mostly pronounced pio), the lamington, roast lamb with mint sauce and post veggies, pavalova (still arguing with the New Zealanders about that) and damper (a type of bread made with self raising flour).

post #19 of 20
See about the kangaroo meat industry.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 

Sorry for the very very late reply, was busy and didn't check everything


Thanks so much for the info, I have begun writing my story (sort of), but of course, progress has been slow as assignments have started to pick up, I do hope I can actually finish writing this by next year :/ 


But anyways, the info has been great, and it has quite helped point me in the right direction :D Thanks again to all those that replied! 

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