Exploring local food is one of my favourite ways to explore a new country. That was also why I kept asking my Australian friends about their favourite foods that are unique to Australia. I certainly got some really interesting and unusual answers!
Based on my little research almost every Aussie child tried and loved fairy bread. Fairy bread is sliced white bread with margarine or butter covered with colourful sprinkles which stick to the spread. Hence it looks beautiful and tastes sweet which is what children appreciate. Fairy bread is often served during kids parties everywhere down under. Although, I have not been to any children party I got to taste fairy bread during a party with my uni friends. Apparently, you are never too old for a slice of fairy bread.
Australians eat for Europeans very unusual meats. Being served a kangaroo, emu or crocodile will not surprise anyone in Australia. Especially, kangaroo meat can often be even cheaper than beef or pork which is so much more common everywhere else. Furthermore, this makes Australians one of the very few nations that eat animals from their coat of arms (kangaroo and emu).
One of my friends once mentioned that her favourite chocolate flavour is vegemite. Vegemite is a dark brown spread made of yeast extract with spice and vegetable additives. Some claim it is identical to British marmite, others think is completely different (I will better not judge being not too experienced with any of those two products). Anyway, it was really hard to imagine it combined with chocolate. To my great surprise, when I tried the chocolate filled with vegemite I kind of liked it. Not my most favourite chocolate favour but not bad and certainly interesting.
I managed to shock my Australian friends when I did not know that celery is commonly eaten with peanut butter. According to many Australians it is a perfect combination. The shape of the celery stick is apparently great for this way of serving because you can fill the groove with a perfect amount of peanut butter. This simply cannot be a coincidence!
Very common and favourite food in Australia is just any kind of barbeque (BBQ or barbie how Aussies would call it). Foreigners can, however, be surprised in the beginning with everything being served with white toast bread in AUS. No bans, rolls or baguettes during Aussie barbie!