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Nothing Says Welcome Back To Australia Like A Chicken Parma!

Nothing Says Welcome Back To Australia Like A Chicken Parma!

Speaking with some fellow Aussies at Muay Thai Boxing Camp, I asked what everyone was looking forward to the most when they got back to Australia.

After answers such as “a haircut” and “seeing friends and family”, one answer was consistent from just about every member of the group.

A chicken parmigiana.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, a “chicken parma” is a chicken schnitzel topped with ham, Napoli sauce and melted tasty cheese typically served with chips (fries) and a salad.

Chicken Parmigiana, Chips and Salad

I think the fact that I wasn’t the only one craving this delicious cuisine says something about how engraved into Aussie culture these things are. Chicken parmigianas are popular right across the country (particularly in pubs and casual dining venues) and there are even websites dedicated to finding the best chicken parma in each state.

Before we departed on our round-the-world adventure back in July, I wrote that a chicken parmigiana and chips was one of the things that I would miss the most and as the weeks and months on the road progressed, the cravings became stronger and stronger.

So when that plane touched down at Melbourne Airport, you know what was on my mind! (apart from seeing Amy again, of course!)

My second chicken parma of the week!

Due to a lack of transport, it did take me a couple of days to finally have a chicken parma after arriving back in Melbourne. But that first bite into a juicy chicken breast was heavenly and it was only 4 days later that I was enjoying my second delectable chicken parma for the week.

Cravings satisfied. For now.

What do you most look forward to after an extended time away from home?

17 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I have to say guys, as a pescaterian, the idea of eating a chicken parma is kind of unappealing to me but I’ve been in Australia for 18 months and geez are they popular!!! They’re everywhere!

    Thankfully, I’ve also found that Australia is AMAZING for veggie food, literally amazing!
    Beverley Reinemann recently posted..New Year; New Goals, New Travels!

    • Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      I’m sure it would be unappealing for a pescaterian or vegetarian – perhaps you’ll get lucky and be able to find an eggplant parma or seafood parma somewhere before you leave Oz!

  2. Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Looks great! I’ll put ordering a “Chicken Parma” right at the top of the list of things we are going to do when we arrive in Sydney in early March! Can’t wait…
    Rachel Bielinska recently posted..Happy New Year From Our Wee Trip

    • Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      You definitely can’t leave Australia without trying one! Look out for the “parma and pot” deals which also give you a glass of beer to accompany the meal – heaven! Hope to see you guys down in Melbourne too… :)

  3. Posted January 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Yum, that looks so good! I didn’t realize chicken parm (as my family calls it) was so popular in Australia! I thought it was mostly an Italian restaurant thing…
    Amanda recently posted..5 Things to Love About Ottawa

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

      It’s incredibly popular – but the parma in Australia is a lot different to the Chicken Parmesan in the US. It’s less saucy and isn’t served with spaghetti (which is why I was so desperate to get my fix when I got back home!).

  4. Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never seen chicken parm and french fries! I’m intrigued!!
    Kirsten recently posted..NYE, Art & Technology in Berlin: Part 2

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Less sauce and spaghetti, more french fries! I was honestly surprised I couldn’t find one anywhere in the US!

  5. Posted January 6, 2012 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    I love chicken parmigiana but I’ve never seen it prepared like this. But it sounds great. What I like when I return home is being with my wife (if she hadn’t been traveling with me) and raiding the fridge for whatever and whenever I like.
    Jim @NeverStopTravel recently posted..New York’s Christmas and New Year’s Season

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

      It certainly is great. That sounds pretty awesome – I hope your wife has the fridge stocked up for your arrival, would hate to come back to an empty one!

  6. Posted January 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh God, you’re killing me here.

    Love a good chicken parma.
    Chris recently posted..Theme Park Review: Dreamworld, Australia

  7. Posted January 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Drool! Why don’t we have such culinary delights in the U.S.? I’m going to make it my goal to track one down. soon.
    Tawny recently posted..2012 is the year of travel, exploration, and adventure!

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

      There’s plenty of culinary delights in the US – for starters, how many variations of pizza are there? Good luck tracking one down. If you can’t, you can always make your own. :)

  8. Posted January 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Gerard thinks chicken parm w/ “chips” and a salad is weird. Lol. Says it should be served with pasta. I personally like fries with anything, but that’s just me. Haha. We’ve only been on the road for a little over a week and already craving a bowl of pho or Vietnamese rice plate. Luckily, today we found Mexican food!!! In Rotorua no less. Closest thing to home and it was mMmmm mmm good! Haha
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..RTW: G’s Packing List

    • Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Haha tell G not to knock it until he’s tried it! It’s MUCH better with fries than a pasta. As for Vietnamese food, head down to Victoria Street in Richmond (aka Little Saigon/Little Vietnam) when you’re in Melbourne and hopefully you’ll be able to get your fix there.

  9. Posted December 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE these. Will definitely miss them when I have to go home to England!
    Sarah recently posted..Relaxing at one of the World’s Top 10 Spas

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