Best Sausage Roll?

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Very occasionally during our travels I fall off the health food wagon, and submit to the sensory delights of a greasy take-away.

One recent indiscretion remains vivid in my memory. I had just fueled up at the BP roadhouse, Ravensthorpe WA. There in the bain-marie it caught my eye.
It was a big one with flaky pastry, the crispy looking "meat" protuded enticingly from the ends, which I envisaged dripping with tomato sauce.
It was perhaps a little overdone for most palates, just the way I like.

I was a goner at first sight. Rarely does such a morsel taste as good as it looks, well, this was such an occasion. It was delectable! So much so that I diverted on our way home the next day for a second helping.

Ahhh travel memories. sometimes they are evoked by scenic beauty, or heavenly aromas, and sounds...like the muffled crunch of slightly overcooked pastry on cool wet morning in our Great Southwest.

So, there is my vote. What's yours?

Warwick
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 22:45

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 22:45
Fredo pie shop on Mid Nth Coast NSW.
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Reply By: Dan - Yal - Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 23:27

Monday, Apr 12, 2010 at 23:27
Fredo pie shop certainly has a lot to choose from.

Yankalilla in SA has a great bakery with pretty good sausage rolls and makes the best fuit mince pies. Well worth a visit if your anywhere near there around Xmas time.
Milton pie shop near Ulladulla NSW has great sausage rolls and some good pies too.
Coral Bay bakery pumps out good sausage rolls and my favourite jam donuts. They dont stinge on the jam.

I'm always happy to hear where someone has found a good bakery so don't be shy now.



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Reply By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 00:10

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 00:10
Denmark Bakery - they have taken off that many prizes for their pies and sausage rolls it6 taint funny.

Warning!! unless you likes hot pies do not try their chilli beef. In my case it was two mouthfulls of beer to each bite.

Curried chicken, yum.

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Follow Up By: landed eagle - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:50

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:50
Two mouthfuls of beer to every bite??

Sounds like the perfect pie to me!!! :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:39

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:39
Yep,,, would have to second that.

Denmark pasties are the best I have had except for my mum's.

Hope to go back there sometime this year.



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Follow Up By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:15

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:15
Yes Landed Eagle, they are quite chilli hot. About an 8 or 9 on a scale of 1 to 10.

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Follow Up By: disco driver - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:09

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:09
Denmark Bakery gets my vote too.
And I agree the c h i l l i pies are anything but chilly.
(Tony S is right at about 8-9 out of 10)
They certainly clear the sinus'.

Mind you the Beef, cheese and bacon pies are pretty good too.

Well worth stopping for.

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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 01:33

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 01:33
Look, I know it's not a normal EO destination....but Trackside Bakery at the Perth Railway Stn has great stuff and throughput so that EVERYTHING is rolled out just about in real time.

For the more EO politically correct Kondinin WA wheatbelt main commercial street (can't remember the name) has a great little food outlet as well with SRs to die for.

What a great thread.

PS. Derby wharf used to have the best F&C in the southern hemisphere but I haven't been there for 3 years - updates appreciated.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: palais - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:08

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:08
It is a Thai restaurant now!!
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:33

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:33
I don't mind a good Thai feed, but this has got to be a wind-up??!

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Follow Up By: palais - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:58

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:58
No, really!
I'm pretty sure the mob who run Som Thai Kitchen in Broome bought it.
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 02:44

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 02:44
The first one you see after you have spent 23 days on the CSR.

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Reply By: fisho64 - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 03:20

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 03:20
In NZ smoked fish, mussel and many other types are commonly available, and all are at prices considerably less than Oz.

Always a little dubious about the "pie awards". Unless the judges come in unannounced and buy one, theres nothing to relate the award winning pie to the "LTA" that you often actually receive (Lips Tongues and A++holes).
The competitions seem to usually involve the pies being brought to the judging point.
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Reply By: cycadcenter - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 03:40

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 03:40
Without a doubt......................

My Mum's homemade SR's with REAL meat in them not 50% filler.

I can nearly taste them now.

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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:23

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:23
Robertson Pie Shop in the NSW Southern Highlands and as said earlier, Milton/Ulladulla pie shop are the best we have found so far. Bob.

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:25

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:25
Hover your mouse over the blue word shop. Maybe they have good ones as well
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:56

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 06:56
Hayden's pies on the Highway as South Ulladulla gets my hubby's vote.Many varied and gourmet fillings (rabbit at easter and venison at Christmas) .I am not a pie eater!!

Not sure whether it still exists but the bakery/pie shop in Yaark Vic had superb pies three or four years ago when we passed though there. They were so good, our party detoured back through there a few days later just so the men could get a double quantity. Many varieties and excellent quality, lots of filling.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 07:09

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 07:09
Any shop that sells Villie's Pies.

The chilli beef or green peppercorn are great any the flaky pastry on the top ensures you need to vacuum out the car if you eat one inside it.
Even the normal beef pie has a little pepper in it. A real man's pie.

Then there is the curried chicken, chunky beef and mushroom or hungarian goulash pie to tempt the taste buds.

And then you have the Villie's pasties. Both the normal and "lite on spice" varieties are yummy.

Hell, why not pig out and have one of each.
Of course, I don't eat any of them any more.


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Reply By: Member - Donks1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 07:14

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 07:14
The bakery at Gin Gin Qld. Has won heaps of awards and deserves every 1

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Reply By: jschacher1 - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 07:22

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 07:22
The only time we indulge in foods like that is when we are on the road. Pies are definitely the big favor. However to make a good sausage roll, I shall share my recipe w/ you all.
-Pork-mince (lean)
-chopped onions, carrots, leek, etc.
-spices and seasoning as you like
-bit of chill
-1 or 2 eggs (depends on the quantity)

-mix all well
-buy a good BUTTER PUFF PASTRY
-cut each sheet in half
-with a piping bag paste mix onto it
-roll it up and make sure it is sealed
-brush w/ eggwash
-may sprinkle with some seasalt or cracked pepper or sesame seeds
-bake IT..
-It is a clear winner at any function...
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Reply By: Stinz - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 08:31

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 08:31
East Lynne (NSW South Coast)... best pies ever; Blackall and Alpha (inland Queensland)... best cream bun ever!
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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:08

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:08
I agree with East Lynne. Excellent pies.

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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 08:41

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 08:41
My vote goes to Dunedoo Bakery
on the Golden Highway east of Dubbo NSW.
Sensational sausage rolls and mystery bags.
Their egg and bacon S/R is my favourite.
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:58

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:58
Yep ... gotta agree ... was definitely one of the better ones I had recently.

Dubbo pie shop at the railway crossing lays claims to a bunch of "awards" too.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:46

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 19:46
Ta for that Oz...next coach trip up there I shall check it out LOL

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 08:49

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 08:49
Sausage Rolls Little bakery at Caramba just out of Coffs Harbour

Meat. By far the best The butcher shop in the Woolies mallGoolwa

Fish and chips at wharf at Derby was pretty good but shop was up for sale in July

Bananas little stall on way to brewery Kununurra

Quiche and other delights Bakery at Jabiru

Vegetables stall on left Malings????coming into Carnarvon

Also their crushed strawberry with chocolate on a stick.


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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 09:06

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 09:06
Now this is truely a useful thread. Could I suggest that a summary of the results be posted by EO admin for the future guidance of eo ers. Much more useful than GPS or a liisting of fuel prices. New finds/contenders could be updated regularly? A national vote? State v State?. This would make Engel V Waeco and Toyo v Nissan very small beer.
After a lifetime of research wherever I travel I believe I have found the perfect pie (modestly excluding my own steak and kidney masterpiece in the name of fairness of course.)
Hahndorf SA has a pie shop in the main Street. Can't remember the name, but its the one made from trendy corrugated iron on the LHS heading east. I'll back their Lamb and Rosemary pie against all comers. Utterly addictive. Best pastry, best filling, crammed to the brim... I couild go on...
Funny shop. You have to be there early (and they don't open Tuesdays). They make a set number of pies (they have a wide range, all excellent). When these are sold, they close shop and go fishing or something. The big problem is, somedays they are sold out well before mid day. You have to be good to survive with a business plan like that. You have been warned.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:50

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:50
I'm hearing yer Warwick..The highlight of my life was a trip to King Island Tasmania where upon landing and driving into Currie I was confronted by the local King Island Homemade bakery. Now King Island is famous for it's beef, when you get to see the Cows down that way you'll understand.

I selected a King Island beef pie and walked out of the shop. After 1 bite I walked back into the shop and said "I'll need another one for Ron.!" The locals laughed stating they'd seen this happen a few times.

Off course today King Island is promoting their "Green" Status and pure air and water, so much so you can buy youurself an Italian Canter of King Island Cloud Juice, which is rain water bottled by one of the locals that sells for $20 a bottle in some of Melbourne's exclusive restaurants.!

Ahhh travel memories. sometimes they are evoked by scenic beauty, or heavenly aromas, and sounds...in quite a few places around our great country!

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Reply By: Member - Brian (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:53

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 10:53
Hi Warwick.
Have herd Baker's Hill do a mean pie & sausage roll.
I always pass through there to early for them to be open.
Also Dunsbourgh bakery had a name.
Pt Sampson for fish & chip's when Sam was running it. Think he
sold it and moved on.
Cheers Brian.

PS. Will try that one
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Reply By: Fab72 - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:41

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 12:41
Wallaroo Jetty Bakehouse in South Oz. Mmmmmm.
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Reply By: Fragle_Rock (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:54

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 13:54
Henry's Bakery in Wodonga with the large rolling pin over the roof has the best pies I have ever tasted and the sausage rolls aren't bad either.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warwick K (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 15:31

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 15:31
Phew! Thanks all for your enthusiastic replies...we really are on a Roll here!
I did suspect there may be other travel-tragics out there succumbing to wafting scents from local bakeries.

I see many of you have mentioned pies (why do pies cop all the glory?) - ok, the King Island pies sound tops, (their cows eat seaweed, that's healthy isn't it?), but for my money the best pie was from Richmond in Taz - a red wine enhanced delicacy served with a knife, fork and plate (sacriledge!) Unfortunately the shop was closed during my last visit.
Never mind, I consolled myself with an old-fashioned cooked breakfast at nearby Ma Foosies (main street, Richmond) an old fashioned type eatery joint, dont miss it!

My other job involves health promotion (don't tell), but I believe the ancient Greeks (the "sauce" of all wisdom?) had it all worked out:

"Everything in moderation."

Keep 'em coming.

-Warwick



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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:00

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 20:00
C'arn the Pies! No, seriously, that was a pun only. I didn't really mean it.

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Follow Up By: GOPIES - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:26

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 22:26
Well i do, C'arn the PIES!!. and I really do mean it.

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Reply By: ozexplorer - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 15:49

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 15:49
Best Sausage Roll I've had in the last 20 years was from the pie van on the waters edge as you drive through Cardwell! It's a good thing it's so far away or we would have to empty out the van to fit me in if it was closer!

Cheers

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Reply By: bks - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 17:22

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 17:22
Cant remember the name of the town, but it is one of those towns on the York peninsular in SA. Originally built for the Cornish Miners who came to the areas mines in the 1800's.

Anyway there is a bakery that is famous for the best Cornish Pasties which also has the very best Sausage rolls I have ever tasted. Wish I could remember the name of the town, it also has some sort of aviation museum.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:18

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:18
Probably Minlaton.

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Follow Up By: bks - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:30

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 18:30
Thats it thanks
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Follow Up By: Jo K1 - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 10:55

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 10:55
It was probably Moonta!! Go there once a month and take home a stack of Cornish Pasties and freeze them till we go again!! Must say I have not tried a sausage roll, so that will have to be on the menu next time.

Cheers

Jo
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Reply By:- Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 17:50

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 17:50
Howdy,

The Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton does a fantastic pie - a very good chunky stew like mum used to make put in pastry. It's really very good; at least it was in 2008 when I was there, still firmly implanted in my memory.

Keep the SR shops coming ....I love 'em!!! any good ones in SE QLD???

Cheers
Ev
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Reply By: Fred G NSW - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 17:56

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 17:56
Warwick, I'm gonna keep this list, cause it is one of the most valuable pieces of information we can carry in our trek notes LOL

Kim (Kim and damn dog) of Tooradin fame hasn't entered the fray as yet, cause the little bakery at Tooradin used to be pretty popular a few years ago.

Keep 'em coming folks, we want a list to take us right around the block.

Good thread Warwick :-)

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warwick K (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:34

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:34
G'Day Fred

Yes, I can see it now..."The Great Oz SR Trail" - (definitely not for lovers of haute cuisine!)
Survivors of the trip qualify for a free cholesterol check, and get a discount on their pending coronary bypass operation.

No, we are not talking health food here, the humble SR rates somewhere between the iconic Battered Sav and Chico Roll on the "health" scale!

Another contender is the Shell? roadhouse in Northampton, north of Geraldton WA. (It used to be called "Smiffies." Great home-made pies and SR's to die for (figurately speaking.)

I seem to recall a good feed from the Denmark bakery that someone mentioned as well.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:50

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 at 21:50
Seeing no South Australians came forward to support my post on the Hahndorf Pie shop, and no-one supported my siggestion that EO publishes this list, in a spirit of pure vindictivism, I'm going to have to complicate things. Lets add Vaniila slices to the mix.
I'd nominate the Alice Springs Casa Nostra as having thje best vanilla slices in Australia. They serve theirs as desert. When we had guests, we would ring and book a table and our vanilla slices at the same time to make sure we never missed out. No slices left, no booking. Every guest agreed they were the best they had ever tasted.
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Follow Up By: Fred G NSW - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 06:40

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 06:40
S.A. ??? Isn't that where they have "Floaters" ??? from memory :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 08:33

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 08:33
I'm not a native South Australian so I didn't think it was courteous to mention "floaters" while we are discussing haute cuisine. My wife is born and bred SA. Last year a journo from the Advertiser took me to a genuine "pie cart" to introduce me to the floater. Wife wouldn't get out of the car and insisted we park some way from the "cart" in case anyone she knew saw us.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warwick K (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 18:45

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 18:45
I guess the vanilla slice has pastry (of sorts) in common with the SR.
Best V/Slice I have indulged was a home-made creation that had, wait for it, SAO biscuits as the pastry! Scrumptious! Wouldn't have believed it unless I tasted it with my own buds.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 20:08

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 at 20:08
Warwick, you are a man of rare culture and discernment. I was hoping someone would get into discussing vanilla slices and eventually, in referring to the great Alice Springs version, I would have revealed that their pastry was in fact made with SAO biscuits. I think we are on to something here, it can't just be coincidence.
If anyone reading this is in the vicinity of Alice Springs, proceed immediately to the Casa Nostra, order a vanilla slice and give us your opinion.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warwick K (WA) - Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 20:27

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 20:27
Mfewster, Ill bite (especially on a nice pie)!

What transforms an ordinary pie into a "floater?'
Is it the one served on a bed of mushy peas?

I dimly recall that Harry's cafe-Du-Wheels in Sydney served a "floater."
Would it be considered an "upper-crust" pie? (Pun intended, unfortunately)!

-Warwick
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 20:57

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 20:57
Warwick, I'm not a born and bred South Aussie. My experience with "floaters" is limited to one occasion. I think getting the ambience right is essential. Unless eaten at a "pie cart", standing up, late at night and after a fair number of beers, I don't believe it is the authentic experience.
Essentially, it is a meat pie (I think it must be upside down) in a bowl, almost submerged in pea soup. Now the tricky bit. A variety of condiments is on offer to add to this. The journo who initiatedd me into this experience felt that adding vinegar was the way to go, tomato sauce barely tolerable and anything else was "flakey" pun intended and for wooses and interstate weakies.
As I said in my previous post, my SA wife proudly boasts that she has never eaten one and never will. She wouldn't accompany us to the "pie cart", stayed in the car and slunk low in the seat in fear of being recognized by anyone passing by
Are there any SA readers out there who can verify this account?
Personally, I really like pies. I really like pea soup. I felt the "floater" sold both short.
Incidentally, did you note the report in the news stating that the Aussie love of fast foods now means our diet is even worse than that of Americans. And I think the study responsible for this outrageous assertion was done in WA !!
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 23:51

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 23:51
Being born and bred Sth Aussie, I can verify that the famous Pie Floater from the Pie Cart is one of this earth's privileges. LOL. yes, have to be consumed late at night and after a cleansing Coopers or maybe a couple more. The Blue peas taste a treat but as a word of warning, wear good undies as your older ones may not survive in one piece.
Best Pie that I ever had was an Oyster Pie from the little town as you head down to Wine Glass Bay in Tassie. They were expensive but that didn't stop me from going back and buying the rest of their stock that day.
OK now what about Pan Cakes. The Mt Elephant Pancake shop also in Tassie would beat the best of the rest my a country mile.
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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 10:38

Friday, Apr 16, 2010 at 10:38
There is a little pie shop in a very little town on the road from Casino to Tenterfield that makes fantastic pies run by a elderly lady who makes them by herself. It is worth going into the shop just to see the old cash register etc and VHS videos no such things as DVDs it is the Mallanginee Pie shop.
Barb
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Follow Up By: Member - Warwick K (WA) - Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 23:06

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010 at 23:06
Hi Barbara

Such old shops are gems. The old shop folk are so old-fashioned, they even put real meat (muscle) into their pies!
Nowdays you would be very lucky if a production-line pie contained 20% muscle. It is even legal for them to label pies as containing "25% meat" where the so-called meat may be 100% comprised of gristle, skin, connective tissue, offal etc.

The following is a description of a typical Aussie pie by a foreign gourmet chef:

"Dead meat, suitably entombed in a casket of pastry!"

-Warwick
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Reply By: leeb1973 - Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 21:12

Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 21:12
After reading ths thread we had to try out The Rainbow Pie shop in Milton (just north of Ulladulla) & their pies & sausage rolls are excellent!! We even went back a couple of days later they were so good. The sweets were just as good too :)

We also tried out Haydens Pies in south Ulladulla before we left the area and these were also excellent. It's a good thing we don't live in the area or I would be the side of a house!! I have never eaten so many pies within a week but I enjoyed every single bite :)

I also recommend Denmark Bakery (WA) for excellent pies and sausage rolls.

Great thread. Keep the recommendations coming as we are travelling north & are always happy to spend our money on good bakery food!!

Leanne
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Reply By: petengail - Monday, May 10, 2010 at 06:30

Monday, May 10, 2010 at 06:30
i was walking out of the kippa ring mall with management, (redcliffe peninsula south east qld) yesterday and had a pie attack. just had to have a steak and kidney pie, it was a lovely pie with big chunks of real meat and big chunks of kidney in it was absolutely full. best pie i have had for ages. on the other hand, a while back went into a pie shop that had a wall full of awards for best pie etc, and had a very ordinary pie. do these shops bake a special for the show? i think so.
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