By Michael Stern on 2014-11-18 18:22:29
Australia food culture is heavily influenced by years of migration took place in last four centuries. Settlers in this continental nation have developed mixed cuisines which represent various people and ant their food habits. Some of the leading cuisine types in Australia have come from China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam from Asia side. Similarly, whereas European settlers have brought English, French and Italian food, Mediterranean settlers have gave diversity and Greek and Lebanese are quite popular among travelers.
Settlers from India have diverse food culture and their cuisines are as diverse as diverse are India’s food. Besides, all the outside people and their food culture, Australia has its original people and their food culture which is based on 40,000 years history and traditions carried out successfully generate after generation. European settlers brought Anglo-Celtic British and Irish food which serves the base for modern Australian food. British brought modern ways of living, farming and cooking in the land of Australia.
Whereas earlier food culture of modern Australia was influenced by British and Irish settlers, the 20th century food culture has been heavily influenced by Mediterranean and Asian cuisine which in fact has been an outcome of immigrants from the respective regions. The process of globalization has great influence in current cuisine and food culture and today, the country has a global food culture wherein veg and non-veg foods consisting pies, roasted cuts of meat, grilled steak and chops, etc. can be found easily.
Travelers to Australia can can enjoy organic and bio-dynamic, kosher and halal food at various food outlets. Similarly, various restaurants in Australia offer contemporary adaptations fusion cuisines which popularly called “Modern Australian Food.”
However, British traditions still found in domestic cooking and the takeaway food sector. Pies, fish, chips, etc. are popular and fast food centers across Australia are common place. Australians have habit of taking meals three times in a day. Their breakfast is quite light which may contain cereals, toast, and fruit. Some people in cooler regions in Australia prefer to take heavy breakfast wherein they consume fried bacon, egg, mushroom, baked beans, sausages, tomatoes, etc.
Lunch in Australia comprises almost the same things which are consumed in the morning. Many of Australian prefer to take heavy breakfast and skip lunch. Dinner or evening meal is the main meal of the day for most Australians wherein people either go to restaurant or stay at the comfort of home. Depending upon the season and region in Australia, cuisine differ in dinner. Some popular choices in dinner include roasted meat, vegetables, pasta, pizza, casseroles, barbecued meat, vegetables, salad, soup, stir-fries., etc. amongst others.
The country has a number of fast food outlets which are popular among people. Almost all major American-style chain stores including of KFC, Hungry Jack’s (the local Burger King franchise name), Domino’s Pizza, Subway, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s, etc. have their outlets in Australia. The country has its own Australian chicken fast food chains such as Red Rooster and Chicken Treat, pizza chains Eagle Boys and Pizza Haven, etc.