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9 Australia’s Best Underrated Dishes

By trudie on March 22, 2017 in Food, Recipe

Australia is, without doubt, one of the best taste destinations in the world due to its vibrant culinary industry and a vast range of cuisines. But what most people may not know is that what they get is just a fraction of Australia’s gems. There are many other underrated Aussie cuisines that most people are miss out from. That is what we are going to look out for.

In this guide, we have rounded up some of the best underrated Australian dishes. These are hidden gems that most people coming to Australia, and even some of the locals have never heard of but are worth ranking at the top.

Here are the 9 Australia’s best underrated dishes:

1.   Hamburger with Beetroot

hamburger with beetrootHamburger is practically eaten all over the world, but Australia has a unique tweak that makes it an exceptional dish. We have the hamburger with beetroot, which is a typical dish here in Australia. The dish has been around since the late 1950s as a version of the original hamburger but has slowly been losing as one of top ranking Australia’s dishes. The Aussie recipe is no different from the tradition burgers only that it has special ingredients such as beetroots that make it unique. You should try cooking at home.

2.   Classic Prawn Cocktail

classic prawn cocktailPrawn cocktail, also known as shrimp cocktail, may not be originally an Australian dish but has been around for since 70s’. The classic cocktail has survived throughout these decades due to the unique tweak the Australia culinary industry gave it. In fact, the ingredient includes most of the local foods. Today, it is considered as one of the typical Aussie foods but has not been ranked among the top Aussie dishes, yet it has got everything to be there. Some of the main ingredients include lemon juice, peeled prawns, and lettuce leaves, amongst others. The preparation is pretty simple. Just follow this recipe, and the cocktail will wow you.

3.   Chicken Parmigiana

chicken parmigianaChicken parmigiana is probably of the most underrated Aussie dishes. I know some people would say that it does not sound Australian, but it is widely served in Aussie pubs though it has been unable to secure the top slot in menus for a while. However, if you want to grab a chicken in Australia, we would recommend that you try this dish. It is basically a chicken in breadcrumbs, topped with a tasty tomato sauce and some melted cheese on top. This is a kind of chicken that goes very well with a beer. With this recipe, you can also prepare an avocado chicken parmigiana at home.

4.   Lamingtons

LamingtonAlthough lamingtons are commonly referred to as the ‘Australia’s cake,’ it is one of the foods that are slowly fading away. You should get a bite to why we have decided to put in this list of underrated Aussie foods. It is a simple soft cake that is covered in chocolate icing and then rolled in coconut. Most of the restaurants in Australia are offering it, although it may not feature top on their meals. However, Lamington recipe is quite simple in that you can do it at home.

5.   Pavlova Cake

pavlova cakeYou wouldn’t believe it, but in 2020, Pavlova cake will be a century old. First served in 1920, the cake has continued the debate between Australia and New Zealand on who invented. However, it is considered as one of the traditional Australian foods categorised among the most underrated meals. That is despite its early dominance. The Pavlova cake has not changed, and the flavour has become even better with the advance in Australia culinary industry. That is why you need to look out for this cake. You can also prepare it at home since it has a simple and straightforward recipe. Check out a simple Pavlova cake recipe here.

6.   Shepherd’s Pie

shepherd's pieShepherd’s pie is definitely one of the underrated in Australia. In fact, you cannot find it among the top of Australia’s dishes in major Aussie restaurants. But this is one of the succulent foods that you can’t afford to miss if you are looking to get a taste the hidden gems in Australia. It is a hearty, meaty dish finished with a creamy mashed potato topping. There are other ingredients that you can add to it depending on the taste and the flavour that you are looking for. In addition, you can easily prepare a beef shepherd’s pie at home using this recipe.

7.   Curried Prawns

curried prawnsCurried prawns have been around for decades, but of late, it has been disappearing slowly from the scene. You don’t see it on menus as we used to a decade ago. Probably the coming of copies of the food can take the blame for this. However, it is one of the luscious foods and the hidden gems of Australia. Although it may not be 100% Australian since some of the spices have been borrowed from India, it has been adopted as part of Aussies’ foods.  The good news is that you can still get into a restaurant or prepare at home. Here is the curried prawns’ recipe.

8.   Stroganoff

stroganoffStroganoff was one of the Aussie dishes that were doing very well some years back but had been fading away in recent years. With its creamy, hearty chicken, this dish offers one of the delicious meals you’ve ever come across. One thing that you will love about this dish is the versatility when it comes to the choice of meat steak. Apart from chicken, which is very popular, you can use pork, beef, alpaca, and veal amongst others. If you have some time to try new cuisine at home, stroganoff would be a perfect choice. Here is the stroganoff recipe, and it is pretty simple.

9.   Barramundi Dish

barramundi dishWhen it comes to fish feasts, barramundi was once one of the most popular dishes in Australia. Barramundi is a native Australian name for the ‘large-scaled river fish,’ and that’s where the meal gets its name. What makes the dish popular is the various ways this fish is prepared. You can fry, grill and serve it with a variety of vegetable salads including broccoli, zucchini, spinach and herbs amongst others. If you want to get a taste of barramundi dish, Queensland is the perfect place to be. However, using this barramundi recipe, you can prepare the dish at home.

There are just a few of the hidden gems in the Australia culinary industry. If you cannot find them in your favourite restaurant, you can prepare them in your home using the provided Aussie recipes. Get some and have a taste of why we think that they are underrated.

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