15 Weird Aussie Eating Habits That Baffle Other Countries
While Australia continues to be a popular holiday destination with tourists keen to head down under to experience our beautiful weather and wildlife, the food Australians enjoy eating doesn’t always get the same reaction.
There are quite a few foods we eat and ways of eating things that are at odds with what the rest of the world finds palatable and I’m talking about more than just Vegemite (but yum!).
Here are some foods that Australians eat that the rest of the world just doesn’t understand:
#1. Burgers with beetroot
A burger without beetroot is like life without sunshine and it has become the norm in Australia. So much so that you can order it at Macca’s in the form of a McOz but tbh, its yummiest form can be found at your local fish and chip joint.
However, when famous American chef David Chang found out about what us Australians put in our burgers, he penned a sledge piece about us. I feel very attacked.
"You know who fucks up burgers more than anyone else in the world? Australians. Australia has no idea what a burger is. They put a fried egg on their burger. They put canned beetroot on it, like a wedge of it. I am not joking you. This is how they eat their burger." pic.twitter.com/VObvbBm6Yd
— Durrie Dude (@Servalman) March 14, 2019
#2. Devon and tomato sauce sandwiches
If you grew up in Australia, there’s a very good chance you ate Devon in a range of forms. Pinned together with a skewer as a budget canape, rolled up with mashed potato in the middle, or in a sandwich with tomato sauce. I don’t even know what Devon actually is?! Bloody Straya.
#3. Fairy Bread
A childhood without fairy bread is NOT a childhood at all but our international mates would probz disagree. It turns out that they don’t routinely layer butter and rainbow sprinkles on white bread and serve it at all kids’ parties. Get around it, fam.
in other news: APPARENTLY ONLY AUSTRALIANS EAT FAIRY BREAD? WHAT? WE NEED TO SHARE THIS HOLINESS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.
— neil horan (@ForeverYoungg1D) November 2, 2012
Did y’all know that in Australia they eat “fairy bread” and it is literally just white bread, butter and rainbow sprinkles???? That’s gross and I need to try it immediately
— Courtney Howze (@howzecourtney) September 6, 2018
#4. Cabanossi/kabana with cheese and biscuits
A party without cabanossi/kabana is a party I will not be attending. It is usually served with cubes of cheese along with Jatz or Savoys. Find a more perfect food combination, I’ll wait.
Does anything scream "average Australian lifestyle" quite like a cheese cube & kabana platter on the table of an extended family gathering?
— The Bell Tower Times (@BellTowerTimez) April 21, 2019
Don't forget rolled up devon with cold mashed potato inside all held together with a tooth pick & cocktail onion on top. MMMMM! Accompanied with a cold tinnie of courage.
— AJ (@xbirdy28) April 22, 2018
okay but do other countries have cabanossi, cheese, crackers and dip at Christmas or is that just Australia
— bella (@BellasSpot) December 25, 2016
#5. Le Snak
Despite its name, Le Snaks are, shockingly, not French. In fact, they’re a schoolyard snack unique to Australia and everyone else is truly missing out. I am le sad!
This French guy on tinder asked if I'd "ever had proper French cuisine before" as if I was uncultured or something, like excuse me, I actually had a Le Snak earlier TODAY.
— Melanie Bracewell (@meladoodle) November 25, 2018
#6. Putting chicken salt on chips
Australia invented chicken salt so the rest of countries can just go home. Bye.
the best thing about Australia is chicken salt
— mollyjennifer (@molly_jennifer) May 31, 2019
Guys this is chicken salt you put on your chips I have never seen anyone put it on chicken but it goes great on everything and it's another thing that's apparently in Australia pic.twitter.com/BuqVe2pD9f
— By Jin| Princes of Pop 💞 (@JjkAussie) June 2, 2019
#7. Eating meat pies with tomato sauce
While the Brits may have been eating meat pies long before Australia, they eat them radically different to us. Translation: Without a generous squeeze of tomato sauce. It is madness.
Just like baseball games and hot dogs, meat pies with tomato sauce go hand in hand with a game of footy in Australia. You’ll either love them or hate them, but there’s no denying the importance of a Aussie meat pie, especially at a footy game!@Havenlust
🇦🇺📸 😋 pic.twitter.com/kMlML6RR46
— Lisa-M Scaffidi (@LisaScafPerthLM) April 13, 2019
#8. Actually, we put tomato sauce on EVERYTHING
Many Aussie households keep tomato sauce on the table at all times (unless you keep it in the fridge like an actual angel) so it can be added to every dish, if you so desire. With chips! With pies! With veggies! With eggs! With pasta! FUCKIN’ SAUCE IT, M8.
Australia – Tomato sauce on everything!
— Benny Rollins (@citizenkawala) August 27, 2015
#9. Barbecued snags in bread
OK, I understand Australia didn’t invent sausages, but there is no denying that as a country we are damn passionate about a snag in bread. We have them on election day. We have them every weekend at Bunnings.
The taste of a barbecued snag with onions slid into a slice of white bread topped with tomato sauce is the taste of Australia.
Australia’s Word of the Year isn’t really a word.https://t.co/adHiXej1Q5
— Twitter Moments Australia (@MomentsAU) December 13, 2016
hey guys u know when ur eating ur bunnings SNAG in the car and the bread is going soft bc of the sausages warmth so u press the bread in and it gets thinner and wraps around the sausage and u take the crust off so it's like the sausage is wearing a shirt i love australia
— r (@babymercvry) January 10, 2019
I was shook to discover recently that the entire world is missing out on eating these caramel treats while learning trivia they never needed to know. The sweet treat was even named by The New York Times as Australia’s most iconic lolly.
How does anyone around the world learn the identity of random celebrities based on paragraphs of blatantly obvious clues?! These wrappers have educated generations of Australians.
Fantales 😛 Australia's greatest invention of food EVER!!!! pic.twitter.com/95XWnQ9DtG
— EBONY WHITE 🙂 (@Collector_Ebony) October 18, 2013
#11. Our own coat of arms
You know Australia is a unique place to live when you can commonly eat your own coat of arms, a kangaroo and emu, all in one dish. Smith’s even once proposed a coat of arms flavoured chip. Kangaroo and emu combos are readily available in many different forms like burgers and pizza.
— Loophole Travel (@LoopholeTravel) December 15, 2016
Australia rocks. Where else in the world can you eat sausages made out of one half of the Coat of Arms? Bald Eagle anyone?
— Sam Hartley (@samhartley) May 11, 2009
#12. Vanilla slice
Most call them vanilla slice, others call them ‘snot blocks’ (ugh, I can’t believe I just typed that) but the custard filled pastries are distinct to Australia. I guess, it’s just a happy coincidence that every regional bakery happens to make the best one in the country.
One of the first memories of coming to Australia was this. The Vanilla Slice 'snotblock'. Not the gourmet ones with home made pastry and custard, but these solid things with that evil pink icing. They were the biggest sugar hit ever. And they were delicious. pic.twitter.com/RuJRrzkr8A
— Guido Tresoldi (@GuidoTresoldi) July 25, 2018
— Sarah (@5foottraveler) March 2, 2016
#13. Chiko Roll
The humble Chiko Roll was invented by Frank McEncroe back in 1951 and inspired by Chinese spring rolls. It’s the kind of greasy snack that anyone who is actually Chinese would be horrified to taste but it becomes almost edible when drowned in soy sauce.
— Books and Wine (@booksandwine76) April 12, 2018
so was I suppose to eat a chiko roll with rice. cause it tasted like shit with it
— Carl (@carltorres_) October 30, 2012
Just ate a Chiko Roll for the first time in about 10 years. It tasted exactly as I remembered. Might have another in another 10 years.
— Shaun Coleman (@PipsqueakGames) February 11, 2017
#14. Drink Lemon, Lime & Bitters
This drink needs to go global as it’s bloody delicious and the perfect sipper for a warm summer’s day when you can’t legally drink booze.
Lemon lime and bitters. Australia's contribution to world cuisine.
— Jon, from Videogames (@desplesda) August 15, 2009
Why have the people of Australia been keeping lemon, lime and bitters secret from us?
— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) March 27, 2016
15. Vegemite on toast
This one is obvious. It’s such a versatile spread and can be updated with a few chunks of avocado if you want to get fancy. Despite decades of eating the stuff, international guests still don’t understand why Australians love Vegemite so damn much. It’s called culture, sweeties.
Shooting with a bunch of Australians today and they're trying to get me to eat Vegemite… hell nah cuz
— Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber) July 16, 2014
I had Vegemite for the first time this evening, and…uh…yeah.
Australians will literally eat anything.
— David Vainqueur (@True_Canuck1) April 13, 2019
all Australians do is breathe and eat Vegemite please RELAX
— christina (@ughchristxna) January 19, 2018
Australians are truly LIVING down under and making ZERO apologies.