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Try these 6 local delicacies on your trip to Canberra

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Canberra

Canberra, Australia's small-but-mighty capital, punches much above its weight. The world's most well-known museums and galleries are only the stars. Explore the lively brewpubs, hidden gems like the Lennox Gardens, peaceful nature, and family-friendly activities that are available in abundance

In Canberra, you will find some delectable dishes that you just cannot miss! There are some mouth-watering dishes and tasty dishes like Dim Sim, Lamington, and Spag Bol and many more. Continue reading to know more.

Bolognese is an Italian sauce made of meat. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (IgorDutina Getty Image) Bolognese is an Italian sauce made of meat.

1. Dim Sim

fried or steamed meat and vegetable dumpling. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) fried or steamed meat and vegetable dumpling.

Getting its inspiration from Chinese cuisines, dim sim is a popular snack in Australia. Minced pork or prawns, cabbage, and other seasonings are wrapped in a shell much like that of a shumai dumpling. They can be rectangular or circular in shape, and as a large as half of a fist. The dumplings are either fried or steamed, and served with soy sauce.

The most popular places to try out Dim Sim are Yum Cha CBD and Ginseng @ Hellenic Club.

2. Lamington

Squares of Australian butter or sponge cake is what the Lamington is made of. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Robynmac Getty Image) Squares of Australian butter or sponge cake is what the Lamington is made of.

The Lamington cake ranks right up there with kangaroos and Holden cars in the country of Australia. They are considered as favorable as many other Australian culinary icons such as the scrumptious dessert of peach melba and the tasty sandwich spread of Vegemite. The Lamington is delicious sponge cake dipped into chocolate and rolled in coconut.

The most popular places to try out Lamington are Lamingtons, Zeus Street Greek (Canberra) and Beatrix Bakes.

3. Spag Bol

Bolognese is an Italian sauce made of meat. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (IgorDutina Getty Image) Bolognese is an Italian sauce made of meat.

Spag bot or spaghetti bolognese is a very popular dish in Australia It is Australia's unique version of the Italian tagliatelle al ragù alla bolognese. Normally Australian beef, mushrooms, onicons, carrots, celery, bacon, garlic, tomatoes and spaghetti pasta is used to make the dish. By using Australian beef and mushrooms you can achieve the Australian feel that is so different than other typical dishes. It is suggested to serve the pasta and then to top it with the sides.

The most popular places to try out Spag Bol are Maestral Mediteranean Seafood Restaurant and The Italian Place.

4. Bun Bo Hue

spicy soup of rice vermicelli and beef. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Mint Images Getty Image) spicy soup of rice vermicelli and beef.

Admired for its balance of spicy, salty, and umami flavors, Bún bò Huế is a soup that hails from Huế, a former capital of Vietnam. Beef bones and shank are simmered with lemongrass to make the broth. Along with rice vermicelli noodles, fermented shrimp sauce, sugar, and chili oil are then added to round out the flavor profile.

The most popular places to try out Bun Bo Hue are Best Bun Bo Hue, Dong Ba Chong and Super Bowl Pho & Bun Bo Hue.

5. Caponata

chopped eggplant fried in olive oil, then seasoned with tomato sauce, celery, onions, olives, and capers. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (VeselovaElena Getty Image) chopped eggplant fried in olive oil, then seasoned with tomato sauce, celery, onions, olives, and capers.

Caponata is an eggplant salad with a relish-like consistency. Fried eggplant is the star of the show, but the support cast shines just as bright. Celery, olives, and capers, and sometimes even carrots, bell peppers, potatoes, pine nuts, or raisins, are cooked in a tomato sauce or argodolce, a reduction of vinegar and sugar or honey. This jewel of Sicilian cooking is loved by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

The most popular places to try out Caponata are Italian and Sons, Belucci's manuka and Atrium Restaurant.

6. Prawn Cocktail

A simple and delicious hors d'oeuvre made from prawn and a dipping sauce. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Bing Image) A simple and delicious hors d'oeuvre made from prawn and a dipping sauce.

A favorite appetizer for decades, the Prawn Cocktail, or shrimp cocktail as it is known in the United States, is a quick and delicious dish served up with a cocktail sauce for dipping. The prawns are steamed and have their shells removed for quick eating. The cocktail sauce, or Marie Rose sauce, can range from mild to spicy with extra horseradish for a nice kick. It is served chilled and is quickly eaten up at any party.

The most popular places to try out Prawn Cocktail are Kokomo's and Rachael's Seafood Shack & Bistro.

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