On my recent trip to Australia I wanted to experience all the different aspects of Australian culture as I could. One of the most important sides to the local culture is undeniably the aboriginal influence. I tried to seek out native Australians and their culture wherever I could. One of the more interesting places is at Tjapukai near Cairns where aboriginals show your their costumes, dance, didgeridoo and fire-making skills.
Upon arrival we were served an array of canapes, one of which was braised emu. An emu is a bird that’s very similar to an ostrich, but perhaps a little smaller, and native to Australia. Like its big brother, emu is more comparable to meat than to poultry, and you can serve it as you would a steak. In this case however the meat was stewed down and very tender. It was served with a slightly sweet native plum sauce that was a great match for the somewhat gamey meat.
Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 8