Australasia’s Weird Food: Affogato

Again, this may not strictly be an Australiasian food, and given the name it’s probably Italian, but I had never seen it before, and it is available at every restaurant there. And it’s amazing!
Ice Cream and Espresso. We should eat this more often.

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Australasia’s Weird Food: Lamingtons

Popular in both New Zealand and Australia, lamingtons are sponge cakes covered in strawberry jam or chocolate sauce and coconut flakes. For some reason we never actually ate one in either country, but they sure do look delicious.

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New Zealand’s Weird Food: McDonalds Edition

We stopped at a lot of McDonalds on our trip through New Zealand, not necessarily for the familiar food, but for the free and reasonably speedy internet.

Although we didn’t try any of the options available,  it’s always interesting, especially as a former employee, to see the regional variations on McDonalds food. That Kiwi Brekkie Muffin does look delicious though!

 

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New Zealand’s Weird Food: Pies

I suppose pies aren’t specifically a New Zealand food, but they sure are popular there! We were just excited to to eat something with delicious pastry, a rarity in Japan.

Scott is a little embarrassed by this picture, as he is a few days into the “Great Beard Experiment 2011”, an enterprise brought on half by curiosity, and half by the necessities of living in a van. Ultimately it was not a very successful venture, but this pie was delicious.

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Japan’s Weird Food: Gyoza

Yes, I know, these are techinically Chinese, but since I discovered them in Japan, I’m giving Japan all the credit.

Gyoza are pork and vegetables dumplings with a very thin wrapper. In Japan you dip them in a soy based sauce, with spicy oil as desired. The ones above have been deep fried but they are usually pan fried then steamed. When prepared this way, they are served in a hot iron pan, with one side crispy, and the other soft. Either way, gyoza are extremely delicious, and one of my favourites here.

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Japan’s Weird Food: Street Stall Ramen

In Toronto they have hot dogs, in Berlin, doner, in Fukuoka, Ramen. Fukuoka is famous for its Tonkotsu Ramen, with broth made with pig bones, pork, noodles, sesame seeds, green onions, and seaweed.

While ramen is available in restaurants all around the city, the best place to get it is from the street stalls all over Fukuoka called Yatai. Open late at night, these stalls usually serve variations on ramen and oden. For 500 yen you get a bowl of ramen, and an additional 100 yen gets you a refill of noodles.

At this particular Yatai the owner, depicted in cartoon on the bowl, was playing the harmonica for our entertainment.

Cheap, delicious with free entertainment?

The perfect street food.

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