No, not poontang pie. The regular, good ol’ down under pies. I’ve been to PAKn’SAVE (which seems to have upstaged Countdown as the premier grocery shopping place in New Zealand) and sampled their wide variety of pies.


Bacon and cheese with egg. Shepard’s pie. Pork and apple pie (my favorite – a contrast of sweet and sour, like life). It’s one of those things I’ve missed since I’ve came back from Aussie. A simple pie doused with ketchup on top.


One of the best places I’ve had pies during my previous week in Auckland is Jesters (who are really serious about pies). They have a wide range (including the pork and apple pie I was talking about – trust me, it tastes better than it sounds).

No, this has nothing to do with my fantasies of migrating to New Zealand with Jestina. *cough*

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20 Responses to “Serious about pies”

  1. i love pies too. all sorts. just put it in the microwave and it’s ready to eat.

  2. if u drop by sydney try the famous harry’s cafe de wheels…

  3. i want my pork pie now!

  4. I miss pies ZOMG, chicken and mushroom slathered in gravy and HP Brown Sauce.

  5. debbie: Yeah, but apparently some pies are meant for ovens. I tried nuking one, turned out like cardboard, looked at the instructions and found out it was meant to be cooked in the oven. Heh! :)
    melv: Nice! There’s one served with green pea soup – just a pie in a green pea soup but I can’t remember which one. :)
    KY: Those are the best…the ones with apples. Nice and interesting texture and taste. :)
    ShaolinTiger: HP Brown Sauce eh? Sounds promising. I usually just put ketchup on top. :)

  6. Are the pies in picture 1 in the chilled section and not frozen? Won’t the pastry go all gooie? Anyway, you can nuke it, just for 2.5-3 minutes max, the dry the pastry off in an oven. And here is the secret, ok, this is for you only, nobody else, not even Jester. Brush melted butter on the pastry when the pie comes out hot from the oven, let it rest for 1 minute and tuck into it. Man, it’s better than sex.

  7. rocket: That’s the chilled section – there’s another frozen section in a different aisle. Nope, the temperature control is done very well.
    Yeah, I’ve always nuked my pies but there’s apparently one kind that must be oven cooked.
    Mmm…melted butter. :)

  8. what is poonteng pie?!

  9. If it can’t be nuked, hen it would be an over sized pie. Come on man, you can nuke pretty much anything. Nuke a cray fish?

  10. ciki: Poontang pie is a slang word, it’s a special kind of pie that can be eaten but cannot be swallowed.
    It doesn’t need cooking either.
    You have one, I believe. You carry it around all the time. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that it’s part of you. ;)
    Catch my not-very-subtle drift? Haha! :)
    rocket: It’s a regular personal sized pie. It’s just not made for nuking. :)

  11. Pak n Save . I like~
    But there’s another one quite fun too, i forget the name! grrr

  12. Dude, if you keep poontang pie out of the package a tat too long it becomes fur burger.

  13. Pie pie pies!!!! I love those with chicken and mushrooms one!

  14. goolooloo: Countdown? That’s the two biggest places in NZ. I love Countdown, used to shop there more than a decade ago when I was doing my high school in Christchurch. :)
    e: Haha! Nice one bro. :)
    Jester: Hello Jestina! =D
    Okay, chicken with mushroom.
    *commits to memory specially reserved for Jestina*

  15. Hah! A pie that’s served in a green pea soup is a “floater”. It’s commonly found in Adelaide. Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in NSW serves a version of the floater which has mushy peas served on top of the pie and a generous portion of gravy poured on the mushy peas (aka Tiger Pie).

  16. poontang pie… that’s the first i heard !! hahahaha.. where did that slang come from? NZ?
    ohh.. and yes, i love n miss the aussie pies too… :P

  17. Jace: Oh yeah, Adelaide is the birthplace of that pie. I must drop by when I go to Melbourne, there’s always Virgin Blue or driving. ;)
    Cheers mate!
    shimmers999: I don’t know the etymology of it, but the first time I heard it was from Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock.
    Heh! :)

  18. Man, if you’re a pie man, you gotta give Harry’s Tiger pie a go. Wasn’t that much of a pie eater meself but damn, the Tiger pie changed that the moment I laid eyes on that steaming pile of mushy peas + gravy atop a chicken and mushroom pie.
    Check out TFP’s take on the Tiger pie :D
    (Pardon the mini-pimp)

  19. Jace: Nice! That’s the famous one right? It looks very good! :)
    I’ve seen versions COMPLETELY submerged in pea soup though.

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