We are creating a list of the top 10 most iconic Australian dishes. The list is split into two since we have disclosed everything that needs to be said. Without further ado, let’s kick things off.
There is a culinary war that is fought since its inception. The Pavlova is said to have originated in Perth as a tribute to the Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova. But culinary experts in New Zealand believe that the exquisite desert actually originated from New Zealand and not from Australia. For decades, people have tried to decipher the true lineage of the famed desert, but to no avail. Since this list is about the most iconic dishes in Australia, we are leaning towards Australia as the point of origin.
The Wagga Wagga Agriculture show has been the birthplace of a number of famed Australian dishes. But among those, one particular dish stands out. It is the Chiko Roll that premiered in 1951. For decades, it has been one of the most sought-after Australian dishes, and many compare it to the British’s craving for a fine plate of Fish and Chips. There is actually a lot of thought that has gone into the food that many believe to be simple. The Chiko roll was so designed to be the perfect food to eat during sports; because on the one hand you can hold the Chiko roll and on the other, you can hold the beer.
We have to admit that the Meat Pie did not originate from Australia, but Australia has truly made it a part of its culture. The Meat Pie can be seen as a staple in almost all sports canteens and service stations. The food is a famous street food that is loved by millions of Australians. Nothing sounds better than meat and gravy filled pastry on warm Australian day.
It comes as a surprise that splice is being referred to on a list of iconic dishes. But hear us out, and our argument might make more sense to why we put splice on the list. Since its inception and commercial release, splice has received cult status. Something that has become so popular that it was extremely difficult for us to avoid including it. It has its peak years during the early 70s to the late 80s but has continued to stay relevant despite the culinary revolutions that the country has experienced over the last two decades.
The Lamington is another dish that is hotly contested between New Zealand and Australia for its place of origin. But it is said that the desert was first given to Lord Lamington of Queensland; he received a sponge cake that was dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in powdered coconut. The dessert was an instant hit, and thus the lamingtons were born. For this article, this is the story we are going to believe and refer to.
Thank you for all the love and support that you showed us in our previous article. We have decided to stay true to our word and finish the series.
Australia has genuinely embraced vegemite as the number one source for all things Vitamin B. It might seem strange for most non-Australians who are reading this list, but Australia has taken the Vegemite craze to new levels. The locals believe that it is more than just a vitamin supplement, as they say, it is a source of flavouring more than anything else.
The United States has the wiener roast or the much-beloved hotdog; Australia has its own version, and it is called the Sausage Sanger. The Sausage sanger is a straightforward dish and can be found in almost any place in Australia. To make it all you need is a good slice of bread and a sausage soaked in gravy to place in the middle. The gravy is the essential ingredient that makes a world of difference to the whole thing.
How can we not add one of Australia’s most preferred snack on the list of iconic Australian Dishes? The Weet-Bix is more than just a snack; it is the breakfast choice of scores of Australians who want a yummy and nutritious choice instead of going for a substantial breakfast. The Weet-Bix is known to be rich in fibre and is taken along with a large serving of milk. The key to eating Weet-Bix is to eat it while the crunch lasts and before the sogginess sets in.
We are adding the Anzac biscuit over other choices because of our undying love for the biscuit. We might be cheating, as we are moving away from a stance of objectiveness. But could you really blame us? The Anzac biscuit has its origins from WWI, and although it has stood the test of times, it has dramatically changed over the years. But the brand and the following don’t seem like dying anytime soon.
The Neenish tart is one of the best things that you will ever taste. The Tart’s origin is shrouded in mystery yet again, and many believe that it was definitely from the Australian region, but questions still remain as to who first came up with the concept. The Neenish tarts are a gelatine-set cream-filled delight and one that is rich in flavour and awesomeness.