The 2 people who read this blog may have noticed that I haven’t made any new posts for a while. This is in part because I’ve recently came down with possibly the worst episode of stomach flu that I’ve ever experienced. Considering that this is supposed to a “food blog” and I don’t want to ruin anyone’s appetites, I’ll skip all of the details and just simply say that it was ROUGH. For 2-3 days I was barely able to eat anything at all. It was one of the few times where a slice of tiramisu from Trafiq could have been placed in front of me and I’d have had no interest in eating it.
Thankfully, I was able to recover relatively quickly, and have gone back to eating. For this week, I decided to try out Aussie Pie Guy, a food truck which, as the name implies, specializes in Australian-style pies. They also offer frozen versions of their pies to enjoy at home. I was able to order their variety, which contains 4 varieties of their pies (Aussie Pie, The Trifecta, Chook Pie, Shane’s Pie) at $26.99 through Spud (which offer home delivery). For my first day, I’ve sampled their Aussie Pie and Shane’s Pie.
“A traditional Aussie pie made with chunks of free range BC beef and organic onion in a pepper gravy made with Howe Sound Rail Ale from Squamish, B.C.”
The pie had a decent amount of filling, including a generous amount of beef, which was relatively tender and well-seasoned, with a predominantly (though not overwhelming) tangy flavour from ketchup/Worcestershire sauce. Unfortunately, the crust (which in my opinion is the most important part of a pie) was somewhat underwhelming. The bottom base crust, due to the relatively wet filling, was quite soggy and doughy. The upper puff pastry crust was a bit better, but still doughy and not particularly enjoyable.
“A signature pie created by APG’s friend Shane. Tender free range BC beef short rib and vegetables with a red wine au-jus and apricot hoisin sauce over mashed potatoes.”
The filling had a slightly sweet flavour, making it distinct from the Aussie pie. There was a pretty decent amount of tender shredded shortribs. Perhaps due to the drier filling, the top crust of the pie was much flakier and more enjoyable than the Aussie pie. Although the bottom crust was still doughy, it didn’t bother me as much due to the layer of mashed potatoes.
Overall, so far I found the flavours of the pies to be okay, but not outstanding. The crust was a bit of a hit and miss. Even though the quality of the ingredients are probably pretty good (local, grass fed beef etc.), I’m not convinced that the overall taste is THAT much better than store-brand pies. Maybe the Chook Pie and The Triefecta will change my mind – I’ll be eating them (and hopefully writing my review as well) tomorrow.