#BlogAlong April 2016 invites you to share food stories. This post has been one of my most favourite ones to write and got so much love so I had to share it again with everyone. Come along and #BlogAlong and share your FOOD stories, no limits or holds barred :)
‘Straya, the land of the Kangaroo and the Jackaroo. Even though you can’t hear me, I am saying this in my best Aussie accent.
The land down under has been a delight, unexpectedly so. The people, the sights, the sounds, even the weather (4 seasons and all in a day people, it’s true!). And what has also been a delight is discovering Aussie food.
To be honest, I have reined in a big part of my inner Foo-Dora the Explorer, simply because being a newlywed couple, there is that excitement in cooking meals at home, recreating each others favourites, trying out local produce, being lazy and eating BBT (Bread butter toast) in our PJs. But to be in a cultural food haven like Melbourne, and not explore what this place has to offer, would be a sacrilege, and I would not let that be. Food and me, well, we complete each other.. sigh
Melbourne in particular is such a gastronomic paradise. The Italian food in Lygon Street, souvlakis in Oakleigh, drinks at Southbank, Oriental food in Chinatown, hot chocolate and desserts at Brunetti, Parmas and Schnitzels, cold beers, Lord of the Fries, yum yum yum yum, my eyes are lighting up as I am writing this all down. Are we in culinary dreamy heaven yet? I know I am. Every time I head out to eat, I discover something new. Remember this yummazing roti stack at Buddhas Belly? And when I discovered the tantalising aromas of the Vietnamese Pho?
The foodie that I am, my excitement is not limited to scrumptious meals only. I get super excited about snack shopping too. Arjun Singh has as to drag me out of the supermarket aisles, but to be fair, he gets lost in the Doritos and chippie aisles too. Hehe. It’s all about trying out new things, and when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Or in this case, snackie like an Aussie.
So let’s talk about snacks, baby. Let’s talk about you and me… let’s talk about snacks. I want to share a list of snacks from the land down under which scream Oz Oz Oz oi oi oi to me.
Here’s my list of absolute MUST-TRY AUSTRALIAN SNACKS
Is there any other controversial Aussie snack that doesn’t deserve the number 1 spot? You either hate it or love it. Most Australians swear by it and its vitamin endorsed goodness, and I am of the rare breed of non-Aussies who actually enjoys Vegemite too. Its salty yes, but I like it simply because I have it the way it is supposed to be eaten. A smidgeon of Vegemite on a crisp toast with butter, not a spoonful dunked into your mouth.
The story behind it goes that it was made by the workers at the Carlton brewhouse, by mixing together barley and yeast leftovers with celery, onions and garlic to come up with a soupy stocky paste, or what they called Beer Soup. How can you possibly not like it after knowing that story? Anything with beer in it can’t be all that bad now, can it.
2. Dim Sims:
What the chicken momo is to India, the chicken Dim Sim is to Melbourne, methinks. A generously stuffed chicken dumpling deep-fried to crispness, it’s an incredible evening snack; Fried enough to silence the hunger demons battling in your stomach, and meaty enough to reduce your deep-fried induced guilt.
If you want to know more about it, read this post by Mabel who digs deep into the ancestry of the chicken dim-sims.The things we food bloggers dish out for our readers :)
3. Tim Tams:
A chocolate biscuit sandwiched with chocolate cream and dunked in chocolate icing. Chocolatey enough for you yet? Arjun Singhs favourite Oz snack, the classic Tim Tams are always in our house. It comes in multiple flavours like dark chocolate, white choc, choc raspberry, caramel, they are all unbelievably good.Except for peanut butter. that was Not Good. At all. Broke my heart. I had to console myself with 2 classics after that.
While writing this post out, I came across something known as the Tim Tam Slam, where you dunk the Tim Tam into a hot drink, and slurp up the gooey chocolatey goodness. Even though I do that with Parle G biscuits and milk, somehow I have a feeling this is going to be legendary mate. CANNOT WAIT.
4. Raisin Toast:
One of my go-to evening snacks or mid morning snacks, a slice of raisin toast with peanut buter. Aah, so satisfyingly and cinnamon-ly delicious. And even though I am pretty sure this is available all over the world, for some reason I never found it in the UK. I actually used to have something similar to this in India, but that was a sweet bun sold by Harvest Gold.
5. Macadamia Nuts:
Australia is nuts about this nut. Understandably so, as they are the biggest growers of the same. The taste is quite similar to a woody almond but the shape is very much like a hazelnut. When we had done a road trip through New South Wales and Queensland, we had stayed at a cottage owned by this family of Macadamia nut farmers, with their plantations behind our homestay. Rows and rows of macadamia nut trees, and hundreds of nuts on the ground, ripe for our picking. However we took a few, mostly as souvenirs to take back home. What is available in a supermarket at a premium price, we were so close to it however we weren’t too greedy about. No dramas. There’s always a next time.
The Lamington roll is actually an Australian creation. Blew my mind. You know why? Because I used to hog on lamingtons from Marzorin bakery in Pune all the time. Then I came here, saw them in all the local coffee shops and thought wow, everybody loves Lamingtons. Yay India. Haha. And then I discovered that its actually Lord Lamingtons creation in Australia. Apparently his maid dropped a sponge cake into icing chocolate, and instead of repreiving her he told her to coat it in shredded coconut to avoid messy fingers and serve the same to their guests. It was a certified HIT. And look how far it has traveled.
7. ANZAC Biscuits:
The original ANZAC biscuit, supplied to the ANZAC soldiers during the old wars, was a hard tack biscuit that had a long shelf life. The biscuit in its current, commercial form is a mildly chewy oat cookie that is quite popular served at tea-times.
So that’s my compilation of some seriously Oz snacks for your reading and food-dreaming pleasure. Which ones are you craving for, apart from the Tim Tams? Did I get your favourite Aussie snack in here? Tell me what I missed or what you really love too. And then let’s have a snack party soon enough.
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