Alright, let's start this off by acknowledging that Australian food in general can be, well, a little on the wacky side.
But, that's what makes it so good! Like, just imagine the thought process of the person who decided to combine white bread, butter and sprinkles? Genius, legendary, iconic.
There is just one thing I don't understand though and that is the concept of a pie floater.
"What on earth is THAT?", I hear you ask. Well, according to my research, pie floaters are a South Australian staple that is particularly popular in Adelaide.
Put simply, it's an inverted meat pie served in a bowl of pea soup that's been topped — or garnished, if we want to sound fancy — with tomato sauce.
Yep, that's right. Meat pie, pea soup and tomato sauce, all served together, in the one bowl.
Now, clearly there's some differences over the degree to which the pie is submerged and the consistency of the pea soup.
Sometimes it's on the runnier side and the pie is completely hidden from view.
Sometimes it's thiccccccc and the pie is front and centre.
And other times, it's just, well, a combination of the two.
Look, I'm going to be honest and say that to me, this looks like an extremely unappetising blob of green mush.
Plus, the best part about a meat pie is that flaky, crispy pastry. So, by putting in the soup, you're essentially making it soggy?! WHO WOULD WANT THAT!!!!!
I REPEAT — WHO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Supposedly, pie floaters do the trick after you've had a couple of drinks and are craving something. And I get that, because drunk meals rarely make sense, but there's also hot chips and kebabs to choose from, people.
And I know I shouldn't knock it until I try it — especially since pie floaters were officially recognised as a South Australian Heritage Icon in 2003 — but I can't help it. Every spoonful would be MUSHY.
I am confused, I do not understand and I need someone from South Australia to explain why you guys froth over these.
Like, power to you. Please enjoy all the pie floaters in the world, but I, for one, will not be combining my meat pies and pea soups anytime soon.
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