Submitted by Guido Melo, Melbourne/Naarm
I am one of those Australians who are lucky enough to travel overseas for work. But many of you may agree that life on the road at times is usually more suited to famous actors and rock stars.
Most of us can’t wait to get back to our doonas and our ‘’quiet’’ & safe metropolis if we can call Melbourne as such?
On my most recent overseas trip, I visited South America the place I am originally from. I should have been happy with the ”Brazilian Churrasco, Caipirinhas or the delicious and gluten-free ”Cheese Bread”, but to my surprise, in every restaurant, I visited and every dinner party I was invited to only one thing was on my mind….
I missed good old Aussie food, or what I thought was Aussie food to me. I could not stop thinking about it and the more I thought the more I felt something odd brewing inside my mind.
What was Australian food anyways? What was this taste that I was missing?
The question lingered inside and I thought I knew the answer; I kept unconsciously fighting myself not to say it out loud.
I flew back on a Friday and as soon as I landed I knew exactly what to do.
Thanks to modern technology and Steve Jobs small creation I reached my pocket and on the tip of my finger ‘ubered’ a Thai Curry to take away.
It kept happening for a week as if I was on food Disneyland: Peking Duck, Korean Bbq, Sushi Rolls, Teriyaki Salmon, Vietnamese Crisp Chicken; I could not stop my food binge extravaganza.
By now you probably get what I am going with this…
I realised that the food I missed was by definition Australian because it was made here in Australian restaurants but it was mostly Asian-Australian food.
I missed my local takeaway shops but not only until I actually arrived and started to order food that I connected the dots.
This made me feel happy and a little surprised, happy to truly connect to my adopted nation and to the people of this land and surprised because I realised what I was actually missing was mostly Asian cuisine.
I know that we have more to give to each other than we have to detract. I am a true believer of this statement, and in these times of antagonism and misunderstandings, food can play an important part in bringing us closer together. It leads us to help understand our neighbours and fellow human beings, if not by anything else, at least by our taste buds.
What about you? What is Australian food for you?
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About Guido Melo:
Guido Melo is one of the brains behind local fashion boutique Melko, photographer and digital marketing and social media manager & a part-time writer.