5 foods you'll miss if you're Australian living in the U.S.

TransferWise content team
3 minute read

Australian cuisine isn’t as internationally renowned as Italian or French, but Australians abroad know just how delicious and diverse it is.

From some of the freshest fruits and veggies to traditional favorites like fish and chips, Australia is a very good place to be if you’re feeling hungry.

We asked Australian TransferWise users and colleagues in the U.S. which foods they miss from Oz, and where to find -- or make -- them when in the U.S. Below are a few of their answers:



Often called the “national cake of Australia,” this sweet treat is comprised of two sponge cakes coated in chocolate and then rolled in grated coconut.

You’re unlikely to find these sold at most bakeries in the U.S., except for a few such as the Tuck Shop in Manhattan Australia Bakery Cafe in Cumming, Georgia. But it’s easy to make the delicious dessert from scratch with this recipe.

Meat Pies


When most Americans think of pie, they imagine a fruity concoction filled with fruits.

But Australia’s savory staple food is often stuffed with minced meat, gravy, onions and cheese. If pot pies or shepherd’s pies just don’t taste as good in the U.S., here's a recipe from an Aussie cookie site to bake one of them from scratch. The meat pie is also gaining fans in the U.S., with many bakeries and stores starting to offer them.

Perfectly poached eggs


Let’s face it. Everything in Australia just tastes fresher, from the mangoes to bountiful seafood. This applies to the eggs, especially when served with ripe avocado.

Eggs, when served up at Australian restaurants, seem to turn out particularly well, striking that perfect balance between being hard on the outside and soft and runny on the inside.

Take some “eggspert” tips from this Aussie cooking site, and learn how to make ‘em yourself. For many expats, poached eggs would be part of a perfect breakfast, alongside one of the world-class lattes from Melbourne.

Tim Tams


Another signature sweet of Australia, this biscuit is made from two layers of a chocolate malted biscuit, separated by a cream filling and then coated in a layer of chocolate.

Its parent company Arnold’s was founded in 1865, and many Aussies grew up keeping a supply in their cupboards. Only in 2015 did the beloved biscuit hit shelves in the U.S., first at Target and then at Walmart.



Okay, it’s a bit cliché: Vegemite may very well be the only recognized Aussie food abroad, but there’s a reason for its popularity:

The dark, broad yeast extract is mixed with various vegetable and spice additives, and spread on all sorts of foods -- the token one being toast. In the U.S. you can pick up a jar of it at any Cost Plus World Market or online through Amazon.com.

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