What exactly is Australian food?

Today is Remembrance Day. The nation gathered to honour the memory of those who have risked and sacrificed their lives, for the end of World War I.

In Australia, we also have Anzac day to honour all those who have served in war and conflict. Anzac cookies are usually sold during this period as a national tradition.

With the amount of Anzac cookies currently being sold in the supermarket, the FoodScoop staff began to wonder – what exactly is Australian food? Good question.

We had a serious brainstorming session and compiled a list of commonly cited Australian foods. In no particular order, here is what we came up with:

  • Lamingtons

These are cubes of light sponge cake, dipped in a  runny chocolate sauce and then rolled in dessicated coconut. Easily any glutton’s guilty pleasure. The cube is then cut in half and the two halves are sandwiched together with whipped cream or strawberry jam. Take a look:


  • Weetbix

A very popular (not to mention, high in fibre and low in sugar) wheat-based cereal. These traditionally come in large rectangle sections – just drop a few in your bowl, drizzle some milk and off you go!  foodscoop_weetbix

  • Sausage sizzle

This is the Aussie (and creative?) way of saying grilled sausage. While New Yorkers have their hot dogs, Australians have the sausage sizzle. This is a common go-to snack at barbecues, fundraising events, on campus, or any event that requires a budget-friendly, efficient and satisfying snack. What is it though? Quite simply a grilled sausage on top of a slice of plain bread and often topped with grilled onions.


  • Vegemite

It is impossible not to mention this one. You either hate it or love it. Or perhaps there is a camp that’s in-between? You tell us. At first glance, it is a brown paste with a smell unlike anything you have smelt before. The smell could be described as salty, slightly bitter, and rich in umami flavour. (What exactly is unami? See our next post.) It was made in 1922 from leftover brewer’s yeast extract. Those that enjoy this unique spread advise to scoop a small amount using their knife, and spread it on toast, crumpets, and crackers. The key is not to overdo it.

At FoodScoop, most of us are in the ‘hate-it’ bandwagon – regardless of how thinly we have decided to spread this on our toast.



Do you think something else should be in the Top 5 Australian Foods? Drop us a comment and share your thoughts.

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