I’ve been here a very short time in Melbourne, and although I have not had an authentic Australian meal, I’ve had a couple foods special to Australia.
I have tried the ever-famous Vegemite.
I wish you all could have seen my reaction.
I was warned to only put a little bit on my toast, which is what they usually eat it with, so that is what I did!
But the taste and flavor were FAR too strong. I wanted soo much to like Vegemite but it is definitely an acquired taste.. one that tasted like steak sauce and old vegetable broth to me. I’m going to blame my disliking this Australian favorite, on the possibility that I may have just put too much on my toast. I will definitely give it another shot another day!
The day after I braved a taste of Vegemite, I went to an Australian BBQ where they had lamb sausage sandwiches!
I came in with the mind set that they would be like typical, American sausages, just served on a slice of white sandwich bread (I admit I do that all the time when I run out of hotdog buns). However, I wasnt informed of what was in the sausage, and once again I discovered that this Australian dish is an acquired taste.
After the lamb sausage let-down, I was pretty bummed I wasn’t enjoying any of the classic Australian foods – until I took a bite of the all-time Australian favorite: a TimTam.
How is it that this simple chocolate cookie is by FAR the best cookie I have ever had?!
Chocolate lovers would love these cookies, and cookie lovers would love this cookie! I ate the packet pictured above in less than 20 minutes, and I was definitely pacing myself! 😉
Although not all the Australian food I have tried so far is to my taste-buds’ liking, I’m glad I am trying new things, just for the sake of being able to say I have tried them! After all, I think that’s definitely what studying abroad is about: trying new things.
I am sure there will be other dishes that I don’t like, however I am looking forward to the hundreds of others I will love! (Plus many more TimTams!)