Seafood: A Taste of Australia

Surrounded by the two oceans – namely the Indian and Pacific oceans, and boasting over 10,000 beaches, Australia is the unquestioned and the ultimate destination for seafood lovers.

Blessed with multifarious seafood, Australia has a lot to offer – from fish, prawns, crabs, clams, pipis,  squid, calamari, cuttlefish, to lobsters, abalones, and molluscs, which include scallops, oysters, and mussels. The most popular fish in Australia includes salmon, tuna, dory, barramundi and whiting. There are a variety methods of cooking seafood, such as steam, grill, pan-fry or just eat raw.

Fresh, tasty and lots of greenery – I simply adore eating the seafood salad with rice in a hot summer.

‘Seafood Salad with Rice’ in a Melbourne restaurant, photographed by Catherine Han

The pan-fried squid is so well cooked that it tastes incredibly tender. The garden salad – spinach  leaves, cucumber and tomato – with sprinkling of parmesan cheese and a little bit of dressing, is appetising and very healthy. The rice is not plain either – it comes with a mild flavor and goes well with the rest of the course. I love the use of such fresh ingredients that are high in protein and low in fat. The seafood salad with rice not only looks exciting but also tastes divine.

Another popular seafood dish is ‘Fish and Chips’, originated from England. The notion of “deep-fried chips” was firstly used by Charles Dickens in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities” in 1859 – “Husky chips of potatoes, fried with some reluctant drops of oil”.

‘Fish & Chips’ in a Melbourne restaurant, photographed by Catherine Han

Australia fish ‘n’ chips are not confined by “fish” and “chips” only. You can also have calamari, scallop, prawn, and even, dim sim – served with lemon and tartar sauce.

Australia also offers multi-culture dining experience, where you can taste food cooked in various cuisine from different parts of the world.

In Japanese cuisine, fish such as salmon and tuna are usually served raw. Eel, nutritious and tasty, is often cooked and served with rice. California rolls are very popular too, whose ingredients include rice, cucumber, avocado, crab meat (or crab sticks), and toasted sesame seeds or tobiko. Seafood can also be used as ingredients for party canapé and chowder.

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