Pork Pies in Canberra?

mr stanhopeless 16 March 2009 23

Hi,

My father in law is coming over to stay with us for a couple of months from the UK.

He’s told us that the one thing he’ll miss about the mother land is a good pork pie.

So I’m just wondering – is there anywhere to get one in Canberra? South or North, I hear a pork pie is worth the travel!

Thanks.


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farnarkler farnarkler 10:48 pm 16 Mar 09

Jeez he must be a poster boy for the NHS. Can’t go two months without a pork pie!!? One pork pie every two months was about all I could handle over my ten years in London. Seriously unhealthy fast food.

pug206gti pug206gti 10:47 pm 16 Mar 09

Both Coles and Woolworths sell them in the deli. I don’t know that I’d recommend either.

MelonHead MelonHead 9:33 pm 16 Mar 09

Try http://patchettspies.com.au/

or the Legislative Assembly.

GB GB 9:24 pm 16 Mar 09

bigfeet said :

So what would be the optimum serving temperature for once of these delicacies? From the frige cold, or leave on the bench for twenty minutes or so to bring it up a bit closer to room temperature?

Best at BRT (British Room Temperature). Ie let the room get nicely icy from the bitter cold of an autumn day, then fire up a 1-bar radiator for a short while. Continue to allow the icy breeze to blow through badly-fitted windows.

Seriously though: in Oz terms, cool but not cold. Not room temperature unless you have a pretty cold house. Take it out of the fridge and put in a cool place for an hour, but not so long that the jelly starts to run. Probably somewhere around 10°C.

These things are heaven on a stick if you like porky stuff. You can make them yourself with a huge effort, but its well worth it. Use good pork! (Eg Bundawarra at epic markets). And don’t be tempted to skimp on the lard.

Oh and on the original topic: feed them good Aussie stuff while they’re here!

Jammer1 Jammer1 9:17 pm 16 Mar 09

When it’s as warm as their beer – get stook in lad!

bigfeet bigfeet 7:26 pm 16 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

A thicker, much shorter hot water pastry, enriched with lard (it stands up on its own, even after you’ve cut wedges from it); large chunks of pork, delicately seasoned; a gelatine-rich broth poured into the top before baking to set the whole in a sublime jelly; served cool.

You’ve won me. Sounds delicious.

So what would be the optimum serving temperature for once of these delicacies? From the frige cold, or leave on the bench for twenty minutes or so to bring it up a bit closer to room temperature?

Nosey Nosey 7:13 pm 16 Mar 09

Poor Pomy bugger…

Send him back on the first A380… destination?

PORK PIEVILLE

astrojax astrojax 6:43 pm 16 Mar 09

…and never shall we in these august pages! wash out ya gob [prob’ly go for a dobinson’s bacon steak and cheese pie at the very least if i were you!]

i think there was a local providore from one of those suburbs, you know, south of that lake thing – these were delicious! but gone 🙁

Thumper Thumper 6:27 pm 16 Mar 09

We’re not talking four ‘n twenty here…

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 5:07 pm 16 Mar 09

I’m getting the feeling a pork pie is not just a meat pie with pork instead of beef/lamb

Yep – very different kinds of pie. A thicker, much shorter hot water pastry, enriched with lard (it stands up on its own, even after you’ve cut wedges from it); large chunks of pork, delicately seasoned; a gelatine-rich broth poured into the top before baking to set the whole in a sublime jelly; served cool.

Damn, now I want one.

trevar trevar 4:33 pm 16 Mar 09

Holden Caulfield said :

I think you can get good pork pies at the Legislative Assembly.

You can also get them on the other side of the lake, on either side of capital hill. The ones from the green shop tend to be bigger than the ones from the red shop, though.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:45 pm 16 Mar 09

I think you can get good pork pies at the Legislative Assembly.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 2:55 pm 16 Mar 09

poptop said :

Very ordinary pork pies are available at practically every supermaket delicatessen.

I regularly get pork pies at supermarket delis, and find them 50/50 (half good, half ordinary).

mossrocket mossrocket 1:33 pm 16 Mar 09

Braidwood Deli serve em – quite nice…
bit of a drive tho – but if you’re on the way to the coast – boycott the bakery and go two doors down to the deli who serve good pasties too…

astrojax astrojax 1:11 pm 16 Mar 09

probably the same chap at EPIC markets saturday mornings (so presumably queanbeyan sat arvos?)

the deli out at belco markets – both in fact – have a selection of pies not usually obtainable at supermarket delis, which while bland do in a pinch.

and yup, lisa, these are delectable smallgoods with a pressed and spiced pork mixture cooked and set in it’s own gelatine inside a pastry served cold, lest the gelatine runs everywhere. much yumness.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 1:01 pm 16 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Farmers Markets at Woden CIT on Sunday mornings. There’s a guy there who does a range of pastries including quite respectable pork pies in a range of sizes.

And they are quite excellent ones too

lisagrace lisagrace 12:46 pm 16 Mar 09

Pardon my ignorance, but I’m getting the feeling a pork pie is not just a meat pie with pork instead of beef/lamb/non-specific meat type products?

peterh peterh 12:37 pm 16 Mar 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Recreating the experience of living at home while abroad, even for short periods of time seems to be a uniquely British obsession 😉

Farmers Markets at Woden CIT on Sunday mornings. There’s a guy there who does a range of pastries including quite respectable pork pies in a range of sizes.

+1

does the george harcourt still do pickled eggs?

mmmm pickled eggs…

poptop poptop 12:36 pm 16 Mar 09

Very ordinary pork pies are available at practically every supermaket delicatessen.

I believe the best version is available at the EPIC Farmers Market and the most reasonable second string pie is from the Edelweiss at Woden

phototext phototext 12:33 pm 16 Mar 09

Pretty sure that the butchers in Griffith sells traditional English pork pies.

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