Unlike many countries, Australia doesn’t have its own recognisable cuisine. In the very beginning Australians diet was mainly comprised of English-influenced dishes however those times have long since passed.
With other nations influencing it’s hard to find our own. However that doesn’t stop us from delving into other palettes. Here is just a short list of some of Australia’s most favourite international food.
Italian food is one of the utmost widespread and loved cuisines in the world so it’s no surprise that it is loved so much by Australians. The simplicity of the dishes along with the respect and demand for good produce align so heavily with Australian cooking which made it so easy to adopt.
The first Italian immigrants exposed Australians to the simplicity of pasta, pizza and good quality coffee. Every city or town in Australia now has either a pizza store or Italian restaurant.
The Italian value of cooking and sharing food is very similar to the Australian barbeque and comradery which is probably why we love the food so much. Italian food isn’t limited to an amateur take or take away either. It can be a fine dining experience and is a great way to live the culture and receive a fantastic meal as well.
From tomatoes, olive oils and meats, the Italian food palette is an amazing one that is loved by all and Australians are no exception.
Chilli, garlic, lemongrass, fish sauce, ginger, lime juice and palm sugar are used throughout many south east Asian countries but Thai food manages to hold on to its own unique flavour. Thai dishes are all about balancing flavours so that no ingredient over powers the others.
The different regions of Thailand determine their cuisine. An example is that in Northern Thailand steamed rice if preferred over other choices so curries tend to be thinner while other regions add coconut milk to thicken the dish.
The rising trend of Thai restaurants in Australia is a pretty good indicator in our appreciation for their dishes. Pad Thai has become a westernised dish but doesn’t limit us to non-authentic experiences with many authentic restaurants appearing.
Ever since Australians began to travel to India during the 1960’s and 1970’s we’ve adopted a growing appreciation to their culture and cuisine.
India’s signature dishes vary across the country where kormas and tandoori run rampant throughout the North while the real spicy food is more common in the South.
Many Indian restaurants have a selection of all dishes not just the butter chicken that has been westernised so heavily. Indian food is seen as the go to take out meal when you don’t feel like cooking in Australia which puts it on the list for one of the most loved international foods.
It’s hard to think that just a few years ago people were disgusted by the idea of raw fish and the exotic nature of Japanese cuisine. Now Japanese restaurants are everywhere in Australia most prominently sushi windows where you haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried good quality sushi.
Sushi is healthy, it’s tastier and it’s convenient. The combination of all three makes it a go to food for anyone on the move who is in need of a quick tasty treat.
Authentic Japanese restaurants shouldn’t be overlooked either as they have such a delicate and tasty pallet that everyone needs to try. Contrary to popular belief, the Japanese diet consists more than just sushi with tasty rice bowls and curries accompanying their diet.
On their quest to find their own unique cuisine Australia has adopted a lot of other nation’s foods. The best thing about Australia is that we are a multicultural country, so we are able to experience different cultures and their cuisines for ourselves.