Australians and Kiwis have long been fighting for the sovereignty of Russell Crowe, Crowded House and the powerful Pavlova, a meringue pie base topped with whipped cream and fruit. Buy a pack of assorted cookies to try all the classics. They also have a range of crackers called Shapes that come in spicier flavors, such as pizza, barbecue, cheese and bacon and crispy chicken. Every Australian child knows what it's like to find a pack of Shapes or Tiny Teddies in their lunch box, and it's still the best snack for a road trip.
And finally, you can't call yourself a modern Australian until you've tried the shock absorber. Or better yet, cook your own. Take four cups of flour with yeast, 25 grams of butter, a splash of milk and a pinch of salt. Mix everything until a dough forms.
Shape the dough into a ball, place it on a rack over the fire (or in the oven) and cook until it browns and sounds hollow when you hit it. Whatever method you use for your particular brand of vegetarian craziness, it's hard to imagine an Australia without it. Australia's fondness for meat pies runs deep. The iconic Tim Tam tops many people's favorites list.
Introduced by Arnott's in 1964, biting into one of them is a lesson in the glorious goodness of chocolate. In fact, Australians consume about 45 million packages a year, and the factory in western Sydney produces 3,000 cookies per minute. That's a lot of Tim Tams. Listed as an Australian icon by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, along with vegetarian and Australian meat pies, this spongy square cake is covered in chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut.
And, if you're lucky, fill it with a layer of cream or jam between the two halves. Battered and fried and served with French fries, or fried with herbal oil on a bed of mashed potatoes with salad, this is a meaty and versatile fish and a popular Australian food. Hearty, healthy and often embedded in Australian culture, Australian foods bring many unique flavor combinations, intriguing stories and a lot of nostalgia. Here, culinary influences from around the world have been combined to create unique taste experiences and authentic Australian food.
From the scorching cuts of meat on the barbecue to the iconic candies that take so many Australians back to childhood, there's a lot to try and enjoy in Australian cuisine. It's an incredible mix of strawberry ice cream, caramel and chocolate bar and is a classic of Australian food. Together, these foods have helped shape Australian life as it is today, and millions of people across the country love and enjoy them every day. But even if it were finally proven once and for all that it comes from New Zealand, Australians would surely continue to label it as Australian food.