Australia is having ready to rejoice their countrywide working day on January 26, and you can bet their favourite meals will be aspect of the festivities.
But what is Australia’s countrywide dish?
Italy is synonymous with pizza, Spain is well known for paella and Thailand has its spicy tom yum. Could Australia’s claim to culinary fame be the salty, black sticky spread known as Vegemite, or is it the lamington, a delightful dice of cake lined in chocolate icing and coconut?
Then there is the local favorite – the humble meat pie!
An Aussie would describe this as “reasonable dinkum tucker”, which means good no-fuss meals, and it can be enjoyable observing the faces of travellers as they chomp into a pie for the initial time. While it looks a little bit like an English pie, the Aussie meat pie is a absolutely distinct feeding on experience.
It can be a round or square pastry circumstance crammed with meat and gravy, served with the possibility of lashings of BBQ sauce or tomato sauce (ketchup). It is really eaten as a scorching snack or a meal, any time of the day…usually straight out of a paper bag. It is a ought to to appreciate at any Aussie Procedures soccer match on a chilly wintry working day!
These days the pie has grow to be rather refined, with gourmet fillings these types of as pepper steak or Thai curried chicken. You just cannot go previous the ‘Ned Kelly‘, named immediately after the country’s famous bushranger, with its filling of minced beef, bacon, egg and cheese – yum!
Then there is Adelaide’s doubtful ‘pie floater‘ – a sizzling meat pie plopped in a bowl of thick, mushy pea soup – a genuine style feeling for the severe pie connoisseur.
Bakeries all-around the region all have their possess specialties and there’s fierce opposition to get the Gold Pie Award at regional reveals.
Vacation along Australia’s east coast and it is really worth heading out of your way to consider excellent pies, like the award-winning Mick’s, in the outback Queensland town of Ingham. There are other individuals with terrific names (and terrific pies) like ‘I Only Have Pies For You‘ in the quaint New South Wales lakeside town of Tea Gardens.
So on your upcoming tour of Australia, attempt an Aussie meat pie with sauce – it’s truthful dinkum tucker that is as legendary as the Sydney Opera Dwelling or Harbour Bridge!