Well, not everything, but a bit.
According to Lonely Planet, the top 10 countries in the world for food are:
- Indonesia and Malaysia
So, as much a paradise Australia might be, is not the place to come if you are a foodie.
History of Australian food
Before the arrival of Europeans, indigenous Australians would survive off of “bush tucker”; any of you who have watched “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” will know what that is:
- Witchetty grubs
That sort of thing.
But since the Europeans arrived, Australia has welcomed people from all over the world, and Australia is now a nation of immigrants.
Modern Australian food
Australia now boasts chefs from every corner of the world, including those countries mentioned above. We have huge numbers of people who originally came from Asian countries including Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia.
In a league table comprising of the various countries people moved to Australia from, the Italians would be fourth, those from India would come sixth and Greece 8th.
So, I think it’s fair to say that we do now have some pretty good cooks living in Australia. So why do I still see signs like this…
Okay, but when all is said and done, it’s only a sign, right?
Close, but the truth is Australians really do love their pies. It isn’t the national dish, but it came oh so close as you will know if you read my post Who Ate All the Pies?
But, I can assure you, it is not Aussie dining at its best.
If pies aren’t your thing, and they’re not mine, there really is plenty of choice here in Australia. When we were in Sydney the other week, the first night we were there we popped into a local Thai restaurant.
My main course was Pad Thai with chilli prawns and it cost just $16.90. My jug of beer, which was 1125 ml, (that’s two pints to some of you) was just nine dollars. The meal was fantastic and that beer wasn’t bad either.
Fantastic value, I thought, from what is supposed to be Australia’s most expensive city. On the other hand, I could have had a pie, with a dollop of tomato sauce on top and an iced coffee to wash it all down, for less than six bucks.
Each to his own.