6 Weird and Wonderful Foods From Down Under

6 Weird and Wonderful Foods From Down Under

Australia has some really unique characteristics including its native population and some of the most astonishing animals found on the planet. Imagine a furry creature with webbed feet, a duck bill that lays eggs and then suckles the hatchlings like baby bunnies! Beautiful sun-kissed Australia has some unique and tasty recipes that are really worth a try! But what you might not know, is that Australia is also becoming recognized for it's culinary endeavors as well. Interesting meals, snacks, and desserts will take your palate on a journey to this far-off paradise even if you can't make the 15 - 20 hour flight to try them at their birthplace.


With a crispy meringue shell surrounding a sweet marshmallow center, a rich cream filling and a mountain of fresh seasonal fruit, Pavlovas are graceful, yet utterly intoxicating. Fitting, if you consider the fact that the eponymous dessert was named after the famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova during a visit to Australia. Although there is still an argument whether or not the dessert is an Aussie or New Zealand creation, everyone can agree it's a truly stunning dish perfect for any special occasion.

Get the recipe for this Passion Fruit Pavlova at Martha Stewart


Although very similar to shrimp, prawns are actually slightly different and there are over 70 species of the crustacean in Australia. It is a VERY popular ingredient in the country and used in many ways. Great as a pizza topping or in a pasta, prawns are also delicious seasoned and served in a bowl swerved with a crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth, like it the Garlic Prawn recipe above.

Get the recipe here!

Wallaby Shanks

Wallabies are the smaller cousin of Australia's famous kangaroo. Although you might think they would be gamey, wallaby meat actually has a mild flavor. The meat is fatty and juicy, and is usually cooked long until the meat is loose on the bone and the marrow has added its flavor to the gravy. Substitute lamb shank in the recipe below, unless you're in Australia of course! The results are equally to die for!

Get the recipe here!

Buttermilk Wattle Seed Pancakes served with Riberry Syrup and Macadamia Honey


Pancakes are called Pikelets in Australia, and they are just as popular there as they are in the states. The above glorious concoction is a must have dish at the world-renowned Gardeners Lodge Cafe in Victoria Park, a suburb of Sydney and features unusual indigenous ingredients such as wattle seeds and riberries. Find a similar recipe below!

Find the recipe here!



Lamingtons are Australia's national cake, and I couldn’t think of a better choice! Lightly flavored sponge cake covered in a chocolatey icing and then rolled in coconut is the perfect not too sweet ending to any meal. There are many variations on the classic, but we definitely recommend trying out the original to see why they've stood the test of time.

Find the recipe here!



Vegemite is an Aussie classic, one of those love it or hate it things, apparently there is no in between. It is not eaten by the spoonful (though perhaps some do). Instead, the best instructions for eating it, especially for the first time, are to eat it on toast spread with butter and then a thin layer of Vegemite. Once you get past that phase there are numerous ways to use the savory spread.

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