Every time my relatives and friends come to Melbourne to travel, I am asked to eat some “Australian dishes”. I am a bit embarrassed – because I can’t think of it, what is “Australian cuisine”.
Pizza, burgers, steaks, fish, chips and other foods will first appear in the mind, but most of them were born in the United States, Britain or Italy. At most, after arriving in Australia, some improvements were made.
Australia, an immigrant country, seems to have no own cuisine, but here, especially in Melbourne and Sydney, it is easy to eat all over the world.
Beijing Roast Duck with Waffle Brunch
Melbourne is a city with coffee. On large and small streets, you can always find a special coffee shop. This is the food culture of Melbourne and even Australia. Especially at the morning peak, you will see many Australian coffees not leaving.
Australians drink coffee and addiction. Their breakfast is often a cup of coffee plus a piece of cake. If you have the opportunity to have a breakfast at home, it is just a simple match between cereal and toast. So for me, wake up every morning with a hungry stomach, thinking about the hot steaming, wide variety of breakfast, is the most homesick moment of my day.
On weekdays, Australian lunches tend to be relatively simple. Whether it is a government department, an ordinary company, or a university, there is no such thing as a “canteen.”
As a result, most of the international students like me will miss the former Chinese school cafeteria, which is not only convenient but also cheap. On working days in Australia, everyone either takes their own meals in the morning or buys lunch boxes and fast food at noon.
Peeping into the boxes of your own, you can often guess where they are. For example, the most fragrant food must be Chinese. Everyone sits around and opens the lunch box. There are Mapo tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Garlic Pork Ribs and Oyster Mustard. If the other person takes out a curry and burritos, then most of them are Indians. And if the lunch box is mixed with spaghetti, canned fish and frozen beans, it may be Australian. They believe in simplicity.
If you buy a lunch outside, the most popular ones are salads and Poke Bowls, as well as lunches in Asian countries such as China, Japan and Korea. After all, powder, noodles and rice are indeed the best choice for lunch. Of course, there are also many people who choose sandwiches or burgers, so they can fill their stomachs quickly.
Compared to breakfast and lunch, in Australia, brunch can comfort people’s stomach and heart. Brunch, that is, a lazy sleep on the weekend, get up at around 10 o’clock, eat a Brunch between Breakfast and Lunch. Brunch is also an “Australian dish” in the minds of many people.
The brunch of the brunch is often extraordinarily refined, and the flowers and plants are all used. In addition, the taste and nutrition of the brunch are often very good. It should be known that the taste buds of Australians who are almost “closed” on weekdays are particularly picky at this time.
If you love sweet, there are waffles stuffed with fruit, honey or whipped cream.
If you want to eat salty, then the bacon and roast chicken legs will appear on your plate.
The weekend is a good time to have a brunch, and the Australians’ enthusiasm for this can be seen in every full coffee shop. Even if you drive to an inaccessible town, you will always find diners who also spend the same time eating brunch, as young as teenagers and gray hair.
Due to the fierce competition in the brunch market, many stores are also keen on innovation. Some stores mix many foods from all over the world, and they are famous: fusion.
The Australian government encourages people to eat kangaroo meat. Its taste is between venison and beef.
Kangaroo meat packed in the supermarket
So, during the brunch, you might eat Japanese silk fish with salad, Korean fried chicken with buttered bread, and even Beijing roast duck with waffles.
Although these sound as if there is a taste of the dark dishes that children have smeared, in fact, they are quite delicious. Less popular dishes will soon disappear from the menu and replaced with new creative dishes.
In this way, with a cup of coffee or juice, chatting with friends, the wonderful weekend morning passed.
Eat kangaroo meat to make up for the “homesickness”?
In many cities in China, we can find restaurants about the eight traditional Chinese cuisines, as well as some food capitals, such as classic snacks or dishes from Chongqing, Guangzhou and Xi’an. In fact, going abroad is no exception.
Melbourne also brings together the tastes of many provinces and cities in China, and Chinese restaurants are dazzling. The hot pot and string that occupy the Chinese taste buds are almost full of Melbourne.
In addition, in Melbourne you can also find Shaanxi meat sandwich, mutton foam, Yunnan bridge rice noodle, bait bait, Chaoshan beef hot pot, Guizhou beef and mutton powder, Shanghai Xiaolongbao, Beijing mutton, Shandong pancake Chongqing Xiaobian, Northeast Barbecue… There is always a food that can satisfy your “homesickness”.
Australian ingredients are not too expensive, and the price of a hearty meal at home will be cheaper than eating out.
Tea is here, and it is also loved for its light taste. The milk tea industry, which is rapidly emerging in China, is not inferior in Melbourne. In addition to the global chain stores, there are a number of tea shops that can counter the famous Chinese tea brands in the taste, and won the love of international students.
Every time you meet Chinese festivals, festival foods such as green dumplings, dumplings, sausages, bacon, moon cakes, etc. can also be found in this city.
But as one of the “most eatable” Chengduns in China, my taste is really difficult to satisfy in Australia.
For example, in terms of ingredients, Australia lacks the rabbit meat that Sichuan people love most. Because Australian rabbits breed to flood, the Australian government often uses drugs to control rabbit reproduction and is not recommended.
Therefore, there are always friends who comfort me and say, nothing, eat Australian kangaroo meat to make up for it. Having said that, it has to be mentioned that although the kangaroo is Australia’s national treasure, the Australian government encourages people to eat kangaroo meat. It tastes between venison and beef, usually with salt, pepper, lemon and pepper to suppress the astringency of kangaroo meat.
In addition to the differences in meat ingredients, Australian seafood is also a lot more abundant. It is commonplace to eat a fresh oyster and lobster at the vegetable market. A variety of marine fish can be seen in the vegetable market, but there are fewer river fish that I once loved.
However, the lack of vegetables and fruits is the most unbearable. With the growth of Chinese, Chinese vegetables can be bought in different forms, but overall, they are still relatively single.
Tom Yum Kung Seafood Soup is a well-received solution in dealing with Melbourne’s sumptuous seafood.
Take I love vegetables, for example, gourd, lettuce and shoots almost not seen in Australia, and like melon, garlic sprouts dish such, can only be bought in the supermarket or on the Asian market in the Chinese stalls. As for mushrooms, it is subject to very strict control in Australia. Even if you want to bring some dried mushrooms into Australia, they will be checked by the customs.
In Australian supermarkets, the most common dishes are potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, and onions. Quinoa and edamame can be frozen in the supermarket, probably because they are the more common ingredients in the daily diet.
As a student, eating out is not a small sum of money, equivalent to an ordinary meal snack about 50 yuan. If you want to improve your food, go to the restaurant with friends to order a few dishes, or eat hot pot, you will have a few hundred yuan per person.
Therefore, many students who are obsessed with food will become chefs in the process of studying abroad. After all, the ingredients are not too expensive, and the price of a hearty meal at home will be cheaper than eating out.
Food from the world
Although people often miss the food in their hometown when they wander in a foreign country, in many foreign countries, there are many dishes that are not often eaten in their hometowns appear in the daily menu.
Among them, Asian cuisine is the most common choice, and Korean food and Japanese food are the first choice for gatherings.
Whether it is a Korean army pot, a Japanese sukiyaki pot, or a Japanese and Korean barbecue, Japanese and Korean cuisines are very suitable for friends to gather together, with shochu or sake, to talk about the land. If you want to stay at home, Korean fried chicken with Japanese sushi can satisfy everyone’s dietary needs.
Thai and Vietnamese dishes are also good dinner options. The light Vietnamese rice noodles spread all over the streets of Melbourne. The Vietnamese restaurants are crowded with diners from all over the world, including Chinese. They are very satisfied with such a bowl of hot rice noodles. Sometimes, they will call another Vietnamese rice roll, which is healthy and full.
Thai food is relatively “heavy”, but in dealing with Melbourne’s sumptuous seafood, Tom Yum Kung Seafood Soup is a well-received program.
In the Western food field, American and Italian can be regarded as mainstream, and burgers, pizzas and pastas are all from American or Italian. The owners of many restaurants have also immigrated to Australia with their ancestral secrets, so the Western dishes in their restaurants are very authentic.
At the same time, there are many countries where the dishes are “non-mainstream”, but because of that store, the whole city has fallen in love with this exotic dish. There are two very delicious exotic dishes in Melbourne, one is a 24-hour Greek restaurant. Even if the Greek restaurant never rests, there are almost no fewer people in the store, and people are mourning its barbecue and burritos all the time.
Another product is Israeli cuisine. This shop is famous for its very simple ingredients. The taster can understand it inadvertently. The original cauliflower and a tomato have such a wonderful taste.
Vegetarianism is another big trend in Australia. As you can see, there are often vegetarians who distribute leaflets on the promotion of vegetarian life on the streets, and occasionally they also march for it. This trend has also affected almost all restaurants in Australia, and Australian restaurants offer a menu for vegetarians. This is also an interesting “Australian speciality”.
In addition to food, many Australians like to have a cocktail at the end of the day. Therefore, many Australian restaurants offer a good cocktail even if they provide some ordinary food.