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.

A curry delivery from St Albans – Xuan Xinh

   Sunny and hot. Rain and hail. Then out comes the sun again. Yep, just another typical Melbourne day in terms of the weather so we decided to stay in. Thanks to our friend over at Consider The Sauce, there was a knock at the door and lunch at hand.

Kenny came over for lunch after an overdue catch up and served us up some delicious Vietnamese chicken curry and freshly baked bread.

What a perfect combo from Xuan Xinh, a small Vietnamese eatery on St Albans’ colorful Afrieda street strip that offers up banh mi and a few other Vietnamese dishes from the bain marie so I’m informed by Kenny. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it next time! These days I still lack the experience and energy to attempt to take a toddler and a newborn out to lunch where there is no easily accessible parking and play area! Thank goodness for friends who continue to introduce us to new places!
  Soft potatoes and tender chicken swimming in this creamy curry sauce that is perfect for dipping in fresh baguettes.

A new Filipino cafe hits Braybrook 

   Pusong Pinoy – Filipino Cafe, Groceries, Catering
168 Churchill avenue, Braybrook

This new little cafe shines brightly among its fellow neighbors along this short strip of shops where the longstanding Masarap (delicioustasty) Bakery can be foumd. It occupies the old location of Quiapo, a Filipino/Asian grocery, who are now focusing on distribution. Pusong Pinoy (Filipino Heart in English) has transformed the space into a clean, welcoming and cheery cafe complete with USB ports and power points right next to the tables!

My cousin and I took the kids to get some lunch however being so new, the shop didn’t have their gas connected and as such the bain marie was empty. Jocelyn and her sister inform us that once everything is up and running they’ll be serving up some Filipino favorites such as adobo, pancit and other Pinoy staples.

In the meantime they offered us some sandwiches however the Filipino desserts and cakes caught my eye so we ended up trying out their coffee and sweets while Daniel bought a packet of cheesy Clover chips! The dessert fridge was filled with classics such as suman, puto and espasol – hopefully next time we visit they’ll have some egg pie! The cappuccino and cassava hearts were such a good combo and it was lovely to meet and chat with the excited new owners.  We’re told that Pusong Pinoy also provide catering so if you’re interested in ordering, you can find their details on Facebook 🙂

The annual Philippine Fiesta is coming up this weekend so for those of you who can’t get out to Braybrook to check out Pusong Pinoy, you can find this year’s fiesta at the Royal Exhibition Building in the Carlton Gardens. Jocelyn and her sister are multi-talented busy bees! Jocelyn informed us that she’ll be performing with a Pinoy choir this weekend in Geelong for Panunuluyan 2015 Celebrating the Joy of Christmas, while her sister is performing some Zumba moves at the Philippine Fiesta on Saturday!

  Daniel liked the cute little teacup lights above the counter 🙂Grab some cofee and cake from Pusong Pinoy or you can walk a few shops down to Masarap Bakery for some fresh pan de sal bread!

And right across the road is a great park for the kids to play to run off some of the sugar from the desserts! Braybrook Park features a huge wooden airplane structure and a BBQ area. (Update 23/12/15 – The playground was destroyed by a suspicious fire and is currently closed.)

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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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  Feeling brave? – Tina’s will surely heat things up for you 

   

Tina’s Noodle Kitchen – Level 1 Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribyrnong

After coming back from interstate travels, we felt like going somewhere familiar to shop and eat so we headed to Highpoint. I knew it was the Electrix Fields opening weekend but we were nicely surprised when heading down the escalators we were welcomed with wide open spaces. 

An urban feel with an array of new Asian eateries, this area of Highpoint felt a lot different to the rest of the centre and we were starving so we had hit the jackpot.

After wandering around checking out fried chicken, dumplings and ramen offerings we obviously had to try the most unfamiliar to us and so we sat down to peruse Tina’s Noodle Kitchen menu – it’s always an adventure with the hubby because he likes to try new things and hopefully our 2 year old grows up to be just as curious!

“The Masters of spicy surprises” Tina’s Noodle Kitchen has things on their menu not for the faint hearted – pork liver, lamb tripes, blood curd, kidneys, duck web and chicken gizzards were just some of the choices we had! There were also a lot of plant based dishes with exotic mushrooms for those who are vegetarian.

With my reflux never-ending these days I had to opt for a non-chilli dish even though I really wanted to try the Beer Duck with Konjac cake…there’s always next time! Daniel and I enjoyed the huge bowl that was presented to us with mountains of rice noodles in chicken stock soup with a variety of fillings and the hubby happily ate his way through his soup with beef and pickles. Hopefully next time we visit we can dig into the more interesting fillings.

My dad loves spicy food so I can’t wait to take him here and in turn try some of the other combinations.

We cooled down afterwards with some dessert bowls at Dessert Story also found on Level 1 which I can’t believe I only tried for the first time a few weeks ago thanks to a friend craving dessert.

This new section is now open 10am til late for you to explore the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Malaysian cuisines.

        

Back for more…this time it’s bun reiu – Co Do, Sunshine 

   When last Co Do (see post here) we bumped into a friend as we were leaving and she recommended we try the bun rieu so last month we did just that!

We ate at Co Do on a Saturday afternoon around 1pm and we were lucky we didn’t have to wait for a table. We were seated straight away near the window which enabled Mr D to car-watch while we waited for our meals, which didn’t take long at all to arrive.

We ordered:
– vegetarian spring rolls

– a bowl of bun rieu

 – a bowl of banh canh pork soup

Ambience:
Compared to some of the other cheap eats along Hampshire road in Sunshine, Co Do is fitted out with dark, rich colours making it feel just a little more special.

Service:
Fast and abrupt

The Details:
You can find street parking nearby and if you’ve never been to Co Do before their BBH (bun bo hue) is their specialty. The menu is extensive with lots of variety from soups to rice dishes to pancakes.

I liked the flavour of the bun rieu – it reminded me of a Filipino noodle dish called palabok. It had all the same flavors as palabok except the bun rieu was in a soup form! It had a lot of filling and even Mr D liked it!

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Foodie Fridays – A bite at 8bit

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A Bite at 8bit.

Our grey and dreary afternoon last week was totally turned around by our first time at 8bit. Bright colours, awesome tunes and happy staff and customers greeted us as we scrambled from the carpark in the pouring rain. As soon as we saw the menu line up of milkshakes, burgers, hotdogs and cheese and bacon fries we were sold.

We came in just in time to grab a table and just before the evening crowd. Daniel the arcade machine around the back and we loved all the little touches from the window decal to the table number holders. Memories of playing Gradius, California Games, Robocop 2, Alien 3, Mario Bros etc on our NES got me feeling a bit nostalgic as we basically inhaled our meal it was so good!


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