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Within the first day 12 hours of being in Sydney, I was introduced to meat pies by an Australian. It was outside of the hotel I stayed in {Blue at Woolloomooloo — Say that 10 times, fast}, my very first night in Australia, at a Harry’s Cafe de Wheels stand, one of many locations found in the Sydney-area.  Upon approach, I was told all about meat pies and how Harry’s was a classic with such fervor fervour.  I noted it.

What is a meat pie?
A meat pie is hand-sized and filled with diced or minced meat and gravy, sometimes also onions, mushrooms, etc {more here}.

There are many varieties to choose from, as well as a number of vegetarian-options. I remember these also being available in America in the frozen food-section of the supermarket, known as “pot pies.”

Where are meat pies sold?
Meat pies are sold all over Australia, but here are a few places around Sydney where you’ll easily find them:

· Harry’s Cafe de Wheels
· Robertson Pie Shop
· Pie Face
· Pie in the Sky
· Convenience stores and “servos” {Aussie for “service station”}
· Pubs
· Outdoor kiosks/stands — Some sell Mrs. Mac’s pies.
· Sports arenas

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Pie and Can — Outside of a store near Austinmer Beach in NSW

Many of the places which sell meat pies might want for you to know that they have been somehow at some time rated best meat pie — There even is an annual “Official Great Aussie Meat Pie Competition” — Somehow it matters, but it doesn’t mean their meat pie tastes any good today. Word of mouth has told me that Harry’s, Robertson, Upper Crust and another called Hamlet’s sell the best…

Slang:
Many of the Aussies I know call a meat pie with tomato sauce “dog’s eye and dead horse.”  It’s part of their “rhyming slang,” which you can read more about here.

How to eat a meat pie dog’s eye and dead horse:
Either top the meat pie with tomato sauce or smother each bite with tomato sauce.  It’s an on-the-go type of food, so it’s available takeaway and usually easy to eat while sitting on the train or ferry.  You can also order it with mash {Aussie for “mashed potatoes”}, {mushy} peas and/or gravy and eat it with a fork and knife.

Best and worst meat pies I’ve ever eaten:
I had one from Harry’s which was good, called a “tiger.” It is served with mash, mushy peas and gravy. Pie Face, on two separate attempts, was the worst.  I just suggest you try them all so you can judge for yourself.  My next pie will be from Cronulla Pie Shop.

Do Aussies really love meat pies?
Yes. Yes, yes, yes. Be sure to mention it the next time you meet an Australian and most likely their eyes will light up. If they’re abroad, it might even make them homesick.

Here’s some more proof of how much Aussies love meat pies:

Remember — They love “football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars.”

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A snag on the barbie

Aussies love sausages and, to avoid any further confusion, it’s best to know that they call them “snags” and “bangers.”

They are available in a plethora of flavors flavours, such as:

· Sun Dried Tomato & Basil
· Honey Macadamia Chicken
· Beef, Mushroom & Garlic
· Moroccan Lamb
· Apricot Chicken  

Australians will eat their sausages with mash {Aussie for “mashed potatoes”} and they call this “bangers and mash,” which is also an English-thing, but more commonly they’ll eat their sausage wrapped in a slice of bread, which they’ll usually call a “banger sanger,” smothered with grilled onions and either tomato sauce or barbecue sauce. Sausage sandwiches are often sold for fundraising purposes outside of hardware stores like Bunnings or at a sporting event, and they call this a sausage sizzle.” Aussies also eat sausage rolls and these are wrapped in a flaky pastry and available at takeaway shops.

Saveloy:
Another English-thing the Aussies like, and known colloquially by Aussies as “savs,” saveloys are a seasoned hot dog-like sausage. They are boiled and served in a slice of bread or in a bread roll with tomato sauce.  A “battered sav” is a battered saveloy which has been battered, deep fried and served with tomato sauce.  A “battered sav” is usually also available at fish and chip shops.

“Battered sav” also carries another meaning in Aussie slang.  During their commentary of the Sydney 2000 Olympics games, Australian comedic duo Roy & HG on “The Dream” redefined “battered sav” as a gymnast move where, in some movements, a male gymnast pushes his groin to the floor and “batters” his “sav”…

How to properly cook a sausage on the barbie:
Usually Aussies cook their sausages on the barbie, and the best way to cook them is slowly over a mild heat without piercing the skin.  For best results, poach the sausages in a pan of water {or beer} on a low, steadily simmering heat for about 30 minutes. Then, using tongs, put the sausages on the cold grill and set the barbie temperature to low heat.  Be sure to cook them thoroughly, and cook them evenly by turning them often.

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