• Classic Aussie musk sticks (Murdoch Books)Source: Murdoch Books
Craving a throwback? Take a trip back through time with these classic dishes.
22 Mar 2022 - 3:52 PM  UPDATED 22 Mar 2022 - 3:52 PM

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Prawn cocktails

This 1980s classic has an enduring appeal with its combination of tasty ingredients, novel aesthetic, and ease of preparation. And you know what they say, if it aint broke, don't fix it.

Ultimate prawn cocktail

Devilled eggs with parsley, spring onion and jalapeno

Spice up devilled eggs with a jalapeno chilli kick for a quick and easy crowd-pleasing platter. 

Potato scallops

This tuck-shop classic can't be missed. Great as an entrée and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. 

Potato scallops

Rou jia muffin

Rou jia mo is the world’s oldest hamburger. Originating in Shaanxi Province, this hamburger has been made for more than 2,000 years. Instead of making the specific ‘mo’ buns, Adam uses English muffins instead.

Steak diane

With deep rich flavours you know and love, it's time to bring back this classic. 

Mark Best's Steak Diane from The Cook Up

Japanese curry sausages

Curried sausages have been an Aussie family favourite for decades, but have you ever tried them with a Japanese twist?

Musk sticks

These musk sticks taste like the ones we had as kids. A little crisp on the outside, and tender in the centre, these are the ‘goldilocks’ of the musk-stick world – the aroma, flavour and texture are just right. 

Classic Aussie musk sticks

Lamington trifle

This is a play on lamington flavours: chocolate chiffon cake layered with whipped cream and raspberry sauce, garnished with crunchy coconut toffee.

Lamington trifle

More retro revivals
Golden Gaytime shortbread sandwich

The malt crumb will make more than what you need but will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week and use it on ice-cream. #BringBackTheClassics

Iced VoVo mousse cake

This is a baking marathon, not a sprint and choose your mouths wisely once you've brought this epic dessert to life. The combination of coconut and strawberry are a match made in heaven, but throw in some pink Champagne to take this biscuit favourite into ace dessert territory. #BringBackTheClassics

Musk panna cotta tarts

The lemon tart shells compliment the creamy and subtle musk taste of the panna cotta perfectly while the pomegranate molasses cuts through the sweetness and balances the dessert. #BringBackTheClassics

Turkish delight trifle

Shaking up this traditional English dessert are flavours from Turkey and Australia - say goodbye to your grandma's recipe. #BringBackTheClassics

25 Aussie classics worth daydreaming about
Can't work, we're too busy daydreaming. At SBS Food HQ we've pondered, reminisced and jotted down our top 25 Aussie classics. What are some of your favourites? #BringBackTheClassics