If I could sum up the food in Australia in one word it would be: ENDLESS. If you’re hungry for a big, juicy burger, you can find it on the nearest street corner. If you want Thai, there’s 20 options within a 1/2 mile radius. If you want seafood or Italian, it takes one quick Google to find a good place. Whether you’re looking for a quick, cheap eat or a multi-course gourmet meal, Sydney’s got ya covered.
Over the course of my stay here, I photographed most of the meals I ate. Since I didn’t want to be accused of posting too much #FoodPorn on Instagram, I opted to write a blog post about my culinary adventures. Enjoy and don’t get too hungry!
A very popular Australian dish: Chicken Schnitzel. Don’t be deceived by the funky name. It’s just breaded chicken. Add marinara sauce and cheese and you’ve got Chicken Parmesan. A bit of a letdown for me but delicious, nonetheless.
A delicious Australian cheese plate I had while visiting an Australian family.
The main course following the cheese platter. Indian spiced lamb, stir-fried zucchini, pasta salad with butternut squash, cheese and spinach and a side salad.
A massive burger I had in Auckland, New Zealand. It was bigger than it looks and YES, I ate it all…
Ginger beer I had on the set of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It doesn’t have any alcohol in it and pretty much tastes like Ginger Ale.
This is an example of a home-cooked meal. This is as fancy as it got. Usually I would heat up a frozen pizza or make some 90 second rice. This is pasta with meat sauce and I thought I did good!
Kangaroo meat that we had for family dinner. We overcooked it and some pieces were jerky-like. It has a very ‘meaty’ taste but is apparently very lean and good for you!
This was a splurge meal I had in Auckland at a nice restaurant on the waterfront called Mecca. I get this meal at one of my favorite restaurants in Athens called Salaam. Spinach, beetroot, onion and squash (?) wrapped in a crispy phyllo dough with powdered sugar on top. Sweet and savory = MY FAVE.
This was a rice dish called Paella that my friend made me when I visited Newcastle. Rice, chicken, chorizo, peas and yellow pepper.
Delicious Thai noodles with peanut sauce, chicken and veggies.
Australia’s version of Coldstone. Caramel ice cream mixed with TimTam’s (a chocolate covered wafer that’s very popular here). This cost me $7 and it was worth every last dollar!
A truly Australian lunch: meat pie with ‘chips’
Enjoyed this pumpkin and pine nut pizza overlooking Newcastle beach.
My first experience with bubble tea. This was chocolate flavored milk tea with pearls (which are little balls of rubber). It was gross. The only reason I finished it was because I paid $5 and felt bad throwing it away.
Chicken chorizo rolls with coleslaw and chimicurri sauce from the Rocks foodie market. A bit spicy but delish.
Vietnamese Rice paper rolls with prawns (shrimp), salad leaves, rice and mango from Miss Chu.
Kangaroo and Emu pizza at the Australian Heritage Hotel. One of my favorite meals I had!
And that completes my culinary adventure through Australia! Check out the link below for the top 40 foods that Australia calls their own!