Opera recently filmed a few shows in Sydney. In one of her shows she tried Vegemite for the first time. She had it with wine (:facepalm:) and Hugh jackman. Her reaction was a patronizing and unbelievable 'yummMMMmmm'.
Vegemite for those of you not in the know, is a bitter spread that has the deceiving look of chocolate. It's made from the left-over bits of beer fermentation. It's an Australian Phenomena and it's only sold in AU. All the Foreigners I've meet who has ever had "Vegemite toast" have either feigned enjoyment or withered in horror.
I like Vegemite and most Aussies do, it's become our national food in some ways. It was temporarily banned in America for having to much phosphorous.
I've been told that there's a chain restaurant in America that sells things no sane human would consider consuming and passes it off as "Authentic Australian Cuisine". I think it's mainly just standard meats with stupid names like "koala pie".
The truth is, like most of the English speaking world, we don't really have cuisine.
Our Cuisine is as abysmal as American and British cuisine. That is, we burn things and fry stuff and then add sauce (ketchup ).
I've kind of lost the point of this post, so i'm going to ask you: How much contact have you had with (allegedly) Australian food?
Shrimp on the barby .
Shrimp = Prawns over here. They changed it in the film to help the Americans get it.
wait...did you know that?
So are your shrimp the size of prawns or are your prawns the size of shrimp? Or do you just not have real prawns or shrimp?
They both taste and look exactly the same, right?
Over here, the rule of thumb is "If it looks big, it's a prawn. If it looks small, it's a shrimp." It's not the correct naming, but nobody cares :hai:
And it is some salty ass shit
Canadian food also suffers from the same identity crisis, the nearest we have to a national dish is poutine, fries with fresh cheese curds and a gravy. No one I know puts maple syrup on their pancakes as it costs $20 a bottle.
One time they tried to make me believe I was eating kangaroo. It was chicken. I didn't believe them. Does that count?