Bob Carr, the former premier of New South Wales, described meat pie as Australia's most popular dish in 2003. Australian meat pies, which are similar to the mince pies found in the United Kingdom, have a flaky pastry crust and are filled with gravy, minced meat, onions, mushrooms and cheese.
Australian cuisine is heavily influenced by British colonization, with many popular foods in the country coming directly from English or Irish cuisine traditions. Other food traditions in Australia include roast dinners, fish and chips, and blood pudding. Iconic foods unique to Australia include Vegemite, Tim Tams, fairy bread and the fried Australian hamburger.