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Often on the forum, there are topics discussing favourite SA foods, that saffers all over Oz are trying to get their hands on.

But what about the foods that you have discovered whilst being here? What are your favourite foods, that you tried for the first time here in Australia...and you now can't live without? Ok maybe you could live without it...but you wouldn't want to!

Some of mine would have to be

Laksa (spicy asian noodle soup made with coconut milk)

Lemon, lime and bitters (lemondae, sodawater, lime juice and bitters) Yes I know you could get this in SA, but why had I never tried it before?

Persian feta (southcape soft feta cheese)

Turkish bread...fresh from the local turkish bakery!

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Lemon Lime and Bitters

One of the most refreshing drinks ever!

Kanga Bangers

Bunderberg Ginger Beer

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Boags Draught :ilikeit:

Violet Crumble (ok, similar to Crunchie, but somehow better)

Dumplings and Pork Buns (I know they’re Asian, but I’ve only discovered them in Aus)

Smiths Chicken or Salt n Vinegar crisps (there’s an addictive chemical in them, I tell you!)

Cheap Sushi everywhere

Turkish bread with vegemite and cappuccino for breakfast – dam, Melbourne makes good coffee

Coon or Bega Tasty Cheese

Anzac Biscuits

Non-food items, but still still excellent –

Mamia Nappies (the ones with the Koala on the bum. We struggled to find nappies of the same quality in SA)

Selleys BBQ wipes (for cleaning the bbq, not for baby’s bum, just had to clear that up) :)

I'm sure there are more...

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Tim Tams, Anzac biscuits and Boags ginger beer all mentioned already - you must have all bitten the opposite corners off a Tim Tam and sucked coffee up through it - heaven!!!

NOT sausages!!! :ilikeit:

Apples, lots and cheap here in Tasmania

Cascade draught (Just to counter HansaPlease he he)

Scallops which everyone here raves about not so much for me but Bruny Island oysters brilliant!!! :)

Whole Fresh Sea Trout and Salmon - wonderful and cheap when looking out for the specials! :ilikeit:

Calamari caught off the rocks and cooked fresh :ilikeit:

I like the pies but miss the variety - miss my Steak and Kidney pies!!!

Even the Boags beer is good :whome:

So I think it'd be the fresh fish and sea food on a whole for me

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Just love the huge variety of asian veggies etc which you can find in your local Woolworths, don't even have to go to a specialist shop. Love love love TIM TAMS!!!!

Scallops - devine!!!!

Great range of fish an deli type foods in the supermarkets.

Rocky Road Cadbury chocolate slabs mmmmm!!!

Not fond of the sausages - nothing quite like boerewors back home.

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Not fond of the sausages - nothing quite like boerewors back home.

I’ve found that it’s best to stay away from supermarket sausages. The pinker/lighter coloured they are, the more rubbish they have in them. I’m not even sure if you can call that meat.

Butcheries are starting to make great varieties of coarse sausages (lamb & rosemary, chilli tomato, herb & garlic, bratwurst, etc, etc) - I’ve started buying different types of them and freezing them.

Have to agree though – it’s still not boerewors.

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Lemon, lime and bitters (lemondae, sodawater, lime juice and bitters) Yes I know you could get this in SA, but why had I never tried it before?

They not the exact same in SA. There it goes under the name Rock Shandy. Same thing without the lemon in SA. Oz one not too bad, just a bit too sweet, so I tend to take out the lime.

Anzac cookies - aka klapperkoekies in SA. Anyway, it what we called the ones my mum made and they taste exactly the same.

I don't drink milk, but have a new found weakness for mocha/double espresso milk I found in Coles.

And the packaged bread in the chilled section with the parmesan on it you just chuck in the oven till brown/crispy.

And all the meat I ate so far was of superb quality, dare I say better than SA?

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Caramel Tim tams

Cookies and cream Kit Kat

Cold Rock Ice cream - cookies and cream ice cream with crushed caramel koala chocolate

Jaffas

Banana custard

Steamed Dim Sims

Steamed pork buns

The Chinese restaurants in Melbourne are really good, especially the Yum Cha

Good Italian restaurants on Lygon Street, Melbourne

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They not the exact same in SA. There it goes under the name Rock Shandy. Same thing without the lemon in SA. Oz one not too bad, just a bit too sweet, so I tend to take out the lime.

Here theytend to make lemon, lime and bitters with only lemonade, but its also too sweet, that is why I add about 2/3 soda water/sparkilng mineral water and 1/3 lemonade...even convinced some ozzies to do the same haha

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I don't drink milk, but have a new found weakness for mocha/double espresso milk I found in Coles.

And the packaged bread in the chilled section with the parmesan on it you just chuck in the oven till brown/crispy.

And all the meat I ate so far was of superb quality, dare I say better than SA?

Oooooh yes - just love that - I don't drink milk either but it is like an Iced coffee shake, just not as thick, but yummy

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Moreton Bay Bugs would be on the top of my list!

Persian feta (southcape soft feta cheese)
the best cheese ever!!! :)

Sushi @ Hanaichi in Queen Street Mall in Brisbane!!!

The yummy flat white coffees in Australia (I drink way to many in a day... :whome:

Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) that you buy in the supermarkets!

The variety of cheeses - WOW!

Barramundi at George's Paragon in Sanctuary Cove!

Singapore Noodles!

Pizza @ Renix in Acland Street in Melbourne - to die for!!!

etc...etc...etc!

Happy eating! X

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Lemon Lime and Bitters

One of the most refreshing drinks ever!

Kanga Bangers

Bunderberg Ginger Beer

Oh yes!! I must agree with you......Lemon Lime and Bitters.....with tons of ice, yummy!

Uncle Tobys Oats....yum!

Woolies bacon, beef and cheese thick crust pie,,,yum!

M&M giant cookies (the ones with the big chunks of m&m inside.....YUMMY!!!

And the list goes on and on and.........

Erica

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Love Melbourne's Little India at Southgate Riverside food court on Southbank (also ground floor food court at Crown Casino's end of Southbank). Name it, they have it; my favourite is saffron rice and butter chicken... ;) They also have bigger (take away) home packs that you can take home and use for lunches/meals.

As for other food, Yoplait's low-fat cheesecake yoghurt is so good it can be a dessert.

Greek Style yoghurt (plain) my favourite.

Coles's vanilla slices are yummy.

Burgen bread (low GI) at Coles is great - very tasty and as good for you as bread can be. I like the Rye or Soy-Lin Burgen bread.

Love the exceptional sushi everywhere - Melbourne's Shuji Sushi has outlets all over Melbourne (can really recommend the one in Flinders Lane). I never even liked sushi when I was in SA, but now I'm hooked.

Hot jam doughnuts RULE! (South Melbourne market's especially). (BTW: For those with a sweet tooth, the quaint cake shops in Acland Street (St Kilda) are a must.)

Glaceau's Vitamin water/smart water (dragonfruit flavour's my favourite) is great...don't know if it's just here in Oz or all over world, but love it.

Can't go wrong with the food at the markets - be it deli stuff @ Queen Vic or South Melbourne markets, or organic sausages (VERY close to boerewors with very little fat) at Prahran market.

Too many others to mention...the food (veggies, fruit, meat etc. - all outstanding quality) here is BRILLIANT.

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Please excuse my ignorance, but what are 'Kanga Bangers'? Some sort of sausage no doubt? Not sure why, but the name Jacob Zuma sprang to mind as I read it...

My favs so far...

Anzac bickies

Jim Boags light or premium; ie any Boags

roo steak pan fried in butter medium rare with ground black pepper

snags on the barbie

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We went to a Canberra Seminar some time ago and they handed out Kangaroo "caramello bear" choc's

Pretty much the same as ours but the kangaroo just made it so Australian.

My daughters can't wait to get thier hands on some more.

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TIMS TAMS all the way!

(I bought a packet at our local grocer (here in Asia) which was imported from Australia. Hubby will take this packet to friends in Pretoria in two weeks time. Probably the best travelled biscuit in a while. LOL)

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Please excuse my ignorance, but what are 'Kanga Bangers'? Some sort of sausage no doubt? Not sure why, but the name Jacob Zuma sprang to mind as I read it...

My favs so far...

Anzac bickies

Jim Boags light or premium; ie any Boags

roo steak pan fried in butter medium rare with ground black pepper

snags on the barbie

Kanga bangers are sauaage made from Kangaroo meat. I love them. They're very lean. Hard to find since Australians don't appear to be that keen on Kangaroo meat, but our local Coles has them occasionally. Judging from this forum it appears that I am one of the few people who enjoys kangaroo cuts.

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I love all masterfoods marinades!!

oh and aheadsup about the timtams..you can get them at pick n pay...i bought some beginning 2009 already..they were expensive though..about R25 a pack.

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I agree Natalie, love masterfoods sauces and marinades......

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Krispy Kreme doughnuts are the best

Boost Juice (though I saw when we were in SA for our holiday that they've opened up a few of them in Pta as well)

Sushi!

Salmon (grilled for 3 minutes on either side, then popped into a preheated oven for about 5 min and left to rest for another 5) serve on a bed of sweet pumpkin, red capsicum and bacon that has been fried in butter until soft and sweet - oooohhhh, making myself hungry now!!!

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Coles, CARAMELIZED ONION, FETA AND PUMPKIN QUICHE!!!!!! YUM!

HEAVEN ON EARTH!

Erica

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The organic sausages in Woolworths are fantastic - no hard bits in them at all. And they actually taste like sausage. A bit more expensive, but worth it. They often have specials 2 for $9 - thats when I buy them.

Asian Noodles - the Best ever!

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