Ka Pies – home of Australia’s Best Pie 2016


Ka Pies – Hampshire road, Sunshine

The other week we were craving the scrumptious pies from Pieland in Phillip Island where we met a lovely Polish couple. Kris and Halina’s homemade pies warmed up our trip to the Island and had us wanting to make the two hour road trip back there just to get our hands on their pies including their “Hunter’s Stew – Bigos” pie.

Being a weekday mid afternoon we decided against driving to the other side of town and chose to see if there was anything more local worth trying. A quick message to our foodie friend Kenny asking for suggestions of good pie places in Melbourne’s west led us to Ka Pies.

Amongst the array of cuisines along Hampshire road that take you all around the world from the tastes of Asia to Africa, Doug and Adrian’s Ka Pies brings a taste of New Zealand to the masses with their Hangi Pie (smoked pork, potato, kumara in gravy)! They also have classic meat pie flavours such as steak and mushroom, steak and cheese as well as their 2016 award winning vegan option their Thai Vegetable Curry pie as judged by the Bakers Association of Australia.

  We arrived just before they were closing and got ourselves just under a dozen pies for around $5 as we just bought whatever was left (we didn’t get to try their Thai curry pie)! Their service was super friendly and helpful and we satisfied our meat pie craving…for now. Tasty pies with light, soft pastry. Well worth trying out!

 We’re still dreaming about those pies from Pieland so we’ll really need to make our way down their soon.

Phi Phi Restaurant, St Albans

Phi Phi Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant
28 Alfrieda st, St Albans Phone: 9366-5686

Even though I’ve been in the area for a long time I must admit I haven’t eaten at even half of the restaurants along the Alfrieda strip let alone the other streets in St Albans. I’ve clearly been missing out! – I normally just grab a trusty banh mi and donut and am fully content. Mr D and I headed out for a mid-week lunch a few weeks ago with Consider the Sauce blog writer Kenny,  to Phi Phi Restaurant. I couldn’t believe I’d never eaten here before as it is quite a favorite with the locals along with a few other restaurants on the strip. I just had to try the roast pork and duck and soup dishes!

We ordered:

Mixed Roast on rice (2 kinds) – I ordered roast duck and roast pork. It was such a tasty meal accompanied by a bowl of soup which I poured over the rice and some sauce and pickled veggies

BBQ Honey Pork with Egg Noodle (soup or dry) – I ordered it with soup because Mr D loves soup and noodles! The BBQ honey pork was so good, I’m going to order this again next time but for myself lol!

Rice vermicelli with stir-fried beef – Kenny ordered this and it looked packed with crunchy spring rolls and flavorsome beef pieces

The Details:

As soon as we walked in we were greeted with a smile by all the waitresses. When I first looked through the menu I was overwhelmed by the extensive list of dishes but with Kenny’s recommendations I found my way around it and spotted the rice and noodle dishes. We even went around the back to the kitchen to see the huge ovens that roasted all the meat. Just be careful to tread the floors to the toilets lightly as they were a little slippery. The rest of the restaurant was modestly decorated and clean, nice!

As soon as our orders were taken the waitress also placed an extra little bowl and soup spoon on our table ready for Mr D to use! How thoughtful 🙂 There were high chairs also available if needed and a few big round tables which I’m thinking I’ll book next time so the whole family can come for dinner and maybe we’ll check out the different banquet options.


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Cousin catch up at new burger joint in Melbourne’s West

St Burg's burgers Durger & Fried chicken Mushroom burger from St Burg's The Urban Ma

New burger joint in Maribyrnong – St Burg’s 
41-45 Edgewater Boulevard, Maribyrnong

We have a friends and family that live all over Melbourne and one thing that brings us all together is of course food! With so many freeways providing easy access from the eastside to the west, we met up with our cousins for burgers at a newly opened burger joint St Burg’s. St Burg’s is located in the high density housing area of Edgewater in Maribyrnong on the ground floor of one of the apartments blocks.

It was last Saturday during lunchtime and we managed to snag one of the high bar tables for the 10 of us! There was a grassy area at the front for the two little toddlers to run around on while we waited for our burgers to arrive.

We ordered:

– the Durger, Australian grass-fed beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, gherkin relish, Durger mayo and smokey sauce
– the St Shroom, cheese stuffed field mushroom, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, gherkin relish, Durger mayo and smokey sauce (I ordered this one because I was so full from the night before eating way too much meat. The mushroom was huge! It was so saucy and that melted cheese…yesssss!!!)
– a salted caramel milkshake (OMG this was so yummy that Duncs ordered two!)
– Mama Lui’s wingette’s, special fried chicken wingette’s with a side of slaw (Loved the wings, so moreish!)

The Details:

Make sure you order two milkshakes in case you finish your first one before your burgers come! It’s hard to find parking so the easiest thing would be to park near Aldi and just walk down. There are also no toilets – my pregnant sister-in-law had to walk back up the hill into another restaurant that let her use theirs. There’s a great little playground just a few minutes walk from St Burg’s that had the perfect sized playground equipment for our two little ones. They were there for ages running around and playing on the slides and bridges.

For more westside burgers, check out this place next time you’re in the area 🙂


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Work lunch #13 – A hot little Korean spot in Little Collins street

  After around 6 months of exploring the CBD streets and laneways surrounding my workspace, I still keeping stumbling across more and more foodie haunts that I haven’t tried yet. By Korea is one of them.

Nestled between a Vietnamese eatery and the organic Japanese Cafe of Brimm CC (see previous Brim CC post here), By Korea provides another Asian option for quick, tasty, cheap meals! The hubby and I had a lunch date here the other day and I’m pleased to report back that he loved it as much as me 🙂

We ordered:
– Original Fried Chicken
– Chicken Bulgogi (chilli)

Lots of corporates here either dining in or grabbing a quick take away meal. Cozy wooden tables and blackboards scribbled with drinks options. It was a little squashy having to walk around all the wooden seats scattered inside but there is also outdoor seating available

Fast and efficient

The Details:
They have lots of choice on their menu and we just picked from the first few options under “Light Meal $10”. Ummm I don’t know how “heavy” the other meals would be, but we were so full from our “Light” meals that we were really satisfied with the flavours and value for money. Will definitely be back here again, maybe to try the soup/noodle dishes next! (I don’t know about you but I always try to get a quick look at what everyone else is eating when I go to a new place so I know what to try next time!).

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Warming up the winter days with this beef stew from VicPies

VicPies Cairnlea

VicPies Cairnlea Town Centre
Cnr Furlong Rd and Cairnlea Dr, Cairnlea

When it gets to cold outside and I feel too lazy to cook or drive anywhere, or I simply need some Viet food in my life, the family and I head straight next door to our local! – VicPies in the Cairnlea Town Centre. I’ve posted about this place before where I gushed about their amazing vanilla slice (see here).

Now that the winter chill is upon us it’s got me craving this pot of warm bo kho with big chunks of meat accompanied by fresh crusty bread.

We ordered:
– Vietnamese-style beef stew with bread $12

Friendly. The regular coffee maker always says hi to us and Mr D 🙂

Casual cafe with indoor and outdoor seating – I wonder when they’re going to take all those Christmas ball decorations down from the ceiling though!

When you first see VicPies you can be forgiven for thinking it’s just your average bakery selling pies, slices and coffee. As you approach you’ll see menu items posted on the windows and inside behind the counter showing breakfast options like eggs Benedict and popular Vietnamese dishes including pork crackling Viet rolls! 🙂

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A balcony, cozy booths and good, cheap dishes


Spring rolls, salt & pepper pork with fried egg 

Red Silks, Level 1, 200 Bourke st, Melbourne

I’ve been going to Red Silks since back in my uni days. Perfect for catching up with friends as they have big cozy booths, cheap but tasty dishes and are open ’til late! The menu is extensive and you can choose to share the mains or opt for your own single serve dish. I come here when feel like sharing a meal in a relaxed environment with great company and conversation.

I don’t think Red Silks specializes in any particular Asian cuisine so if you’re looking for authentic nasi lemak then it’s best to go to a Malaysian restaurant. Red Silks, however, offers generous sized meals and my favourites are their nasi goreng, lemongrass pork with fried egg and their salt and pepper dishes! They also serve the flavoured iced drinks with pearls and I like the taro flavoured drink!

IMG_9662IMG_9661IMG_9659IMG_9669IMG_9668Nasi goreng, chicken & cashew with rice, cute twiggy decor, signage outside, sneak peek of their menu

If you’re up for cocktails they also serve Cosmo’s and other alcoholic beverages which you can enjoy on their large outdoor balcony that overlooks Bourke st.

I keep coming back to this cozy little nook as the meals come out promptly and they never kick us out when we get too carried away having a girly catch up session 🙂

What’s your favourite relaxed hang out?

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Foodie Fridays – Gozleme goodness

The Urban Ma Gozcity Melbourne gozleme

Sick of bringing in tuna for lunch at work, I visited Goz City the other week…two days in a row – addicted! Found in Little Collins street up the Southern Cross end, you’ll be able to spot this lunch time fav by the line of gozleme fans that extends outside the door onto the footpath. Don’t be deceived – the line moves fast.

Quick service and delicious layers of thin pastry filled with minced meat, or spinach and cheese or the special of the day will have you coming back with your colleagues. There are a few seats inside but it’s best to get your gozleme in a handy takeaway box to enjoy in the sun or in the nearby foodcourt at 530 Collins.

What are your work lunch hot spots?