Directly after reading that title, you might (probably are) thinking “Well, duh. That’s why they’re called Southern Foods, on account of them being found in the South and all. You dummy”. It’s not as simple as that, though. Often there are foods we don’t realize are so specific to our own country or region until we leave it. I certainly found that moving to the US from Australia, and my brother who moved to Germany has just ordered chicken salt online because he can’t find it there, and is wondering what kind of country he moved to. And my American friends are occasionally surprised when I tell them that some foods they eat regularly here aren’t eaten in Australia much if at all. The following are 5 foods you won’t find in Australian restaurants, such as….
If you ask for biscuits in Australia, this is what you’ll get:
A friend asked me “If you call cookies biscuits, what do you call biscuits?”. Well, you don’t call them anything. They’re not there. The closest thing we have to a biscuit would be a scone, and that is not something you you eat with gravy either – plain ones are popularly eaten with jam and cream as part of a Devonshire tea which we inherited from the British.
2. Mac ‘n’ Cheese
You can absolutely buy macaroni cheese in Australia. Good luck buying it from a restaurant though. It is normally sold in a packet for lazy slobs who will never find love to eat alone. Oh and me, of course. I was surprised to not only see it served as a side or even a main in a restaurant, but served in fancy restaurants – someone told me that they went to a particularly pricey one in this area and ordered their fancy version of mac ‘n’ cheese. It helps if you can put things like lobster in it.
Seriously though…..I want it to be a thing in Australia. My favourite slacker comfort food, made spiffy!
3. Pumpkin/Sweet Potato Pie
Unless you are willing to make these from scratch, good luck getting them anywhere. In Australia, pumpkin and sweet potato are treated as savoury foods and do not feature in desserts. Hence why my daughter refused to try pumpkin pie, because it contained the vegetable we roast and try to convince her to eat at dinner time in it. She’s no fool, thank you very much.
For some reason, I was under the impression that grits were some kind of bread. Like a muffin maybe? Perhaps I’d heard of corn bread, knew grits were made of corn, and somehow confused the two. Anyway, I was at a market with my spawn, decided to buy them a snack that could be held in their hands and eaten in the pram – hey, the sign on that food cart says they sell cheese grits! That will do!
I….wasn’t expecting to be given two disposal bowls of slop. Delicious slop, but slop. Definitely not bread.
5. Green Bean Casserole
No. You can’t get it in Australian restaurants. And unlike the above entries, I’m very glad! Blegh, someone described the cooking process to me – green beans, a can of soup, dried onions, something something – and it sounded gross!
Although that might be in large part due to my general aversion to vegetables.
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