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Australia’s fishing industry is ranked fourth most valuable food-based primary industry in 2003-04, producing about 270,000
tonnes of seafood, worth about $2.2 billion. If you get a chance to try some of our seafood, give our Bugs a try. Balmain Bugs (Ibacus peronii) are closely related to rock lobsters. It’s often confused with the other Aussie bug, the Moreton Bay Bugs (Thenus orientalis) which looks very similar to the untrained eye. Both types of bugs have a delightful flavour and we recommend you try it if you’re visiting Australia. Then you can say you ate bugs in Australia.
|Fish and Chips
|deep-fried fish in batter and deep-fried potatoes, a popular take-away food traditionally served wrapped in white paper (previously un-hygienic newspaper was used).
|crayfish found in Sydney harbour, with a mild-flavoured white flesh. Usually barbecued, grilled or boiled.
|Morton Bay Bug
|crayfish from Queensland
|large mud crab considered a delicacy found in QLD and NSW
|large shrimp. To buy, they’re called prawns if cooked and green prawns when raw. Aussies love their prawns and eat heaping platefuls. Yanks be warned, they’re cooked and served in the shell with the head still attached.
|Popular edible oysters. Eaten straight from the shell, grilled or poached.
|slices of bacon
|red-coloured cocktail sausages
|sausage (banger in UK)
|Bangers and Mash
|sausages and mashed potato
|sausages or other meat baked in batter
|Bubble and Squeak
|leftover vegetables and meat fried together
|meat surrounded by pastry and baked. Log shaped, held in your hands for eating. Sold everywhere including sporting and other events.
|small fried ball, roll or cake of minced meat or fish
|a meat pie in a plate of soupy peas or gravy
|Single portion mince meat pies. Small and sturdy enough to be held in your hands for eating. Sold everywhere including sporting and other events.