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Australian meat pies now available in Toronto

Posted by Jen Hunter / August 28, 2013

Australian meat pieAustralian meat pies are now available in Toronto courtesy of local bakers Megan Chan and Erynn Mayes and their new company Kanga Pies. Previously a hit at the Toronto Underground Market, the range of hand-made handheld pies will initially be sold exclusively at Sanagan's Meat Locker starting tomorrow with Hot Oven Bakery locations to follow in September.

After attending school together in Waterloo, the two founders spent a year together Down Under before relocating to Toronto where they spotted an unfulfilled niche in the Hogtown food scene for the traditional Aussie dining practice of having a pie in one hand, and a pint in the other.

Australian meat pieUtilising Sanagan's locally sourced meat, they began working on mastering the style they remembered from Oz. Collaborating with their friend Monica on perfecting the crust, they ran through over 100 different recipes before finally settling on a 100% butter puff pastry.

'We were just three girls with a rolling pin', recalls Erynn. Finally launching in October of 2012, they took a test run of 500 pies to TUM, and sold out incredibly quickly. Repeating the feat again persuaded the pair to push their passion project forward, and the deal with Sanagan's soon followed.

The debut line-up features four different recipes. The Traditional Aussie pie is minced beef with a savoury tomato and vegemite gravy, whilst the Steak'n'Bacon is braised in Amsterdam's Nut Brown Ale. Also available are Butter Chicken and a Creamy Zucchini (roasted zucchini, in a garlic cheese sauce), all retailing for $6.

Australian meat pieIf you want to meet them, or live west of Downtown, they'll also be hosting launch events when their pies go on sale at Hot Oven Bakery's locations at both Kingsway (Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September for the Taste of The Kingsway Festival) and Roncesvalles (for the Polish Festival on September 14th and 15th), where you'll also be able to sample the pies with their delicious home-made ketchup.

Photos by Natta Summerky



Logan / August 28, 2013 at 09:35 am
For the record, New Zealanders do the best meat pies, not Aussies :)
Cameron / August 28, 2013 at 10:27 am
I've been hankerin' for a meat pie since I left Melbourne just over a year ago. These look a little too fancy to be considered "Authentic" but I'll reserve judgement until tomorrow when I pick some up!

Now I just need a source of Sausage Rolls, Lamingtons and Pavlova and I'll never have to go home again!
Ryan / August 28, 2013 at 10:38 am
Cute that they're trying. But two Canadians who briefly lived in Australia making pie recipes that no upstanding Aussie would actually eat, for a cost of "up to $8?"
Not happy, Jan (look it up)
John replying to a comment from Ryan / August 28, 2013 at 10:52 am
I believe they are making "gourmet" meat pies.
Not the day old, sitting under a heat lamp kind you'd find at footy games.
Ryan replying to a comment from John / August 28, 2013 at 10:57 am
I believe in real meat pies, not this nonsense! #unaustralian
Bruce / August 28, 2013 at 11:13 am
What about shrimp on the barby with a can of Fosters? Where can I find that in this decrepit town?
hold on / August 28, 2013 at 11:16 am
Hold on. Before homesick local Aussies get swept away in a wave of jingoistic nostalgia, it should be pointed out that meat pies are a British tradition that is also carried on in Australia and New Zealand to a greater extent than in North America. Meat pies are far from being exclusive to Down Under.
Bill / August 28, 2013 at 11:19 am
I agree with Logan..Ponsonby Pies is the best. Big Ben is not bad too.
feed Me / August 28, 2013 at 11:19 am
Pie Face !
andy416 replying to a comment from Cameron / August 28, 2013 at 11:24 am
Lamingtons and Pavlova were not easy to find even in Sydney and Melbourne. I was in those cities for 2 weeks last fall and looked everywhere. I only found Pavlova offered as a dessert item at Rockpool Grill and at a bakery in St. Kilda in Melbourne. And on the last day in Melbourne I saw Lamingtons at the Hopetoun Tea Room. Sausage Rolls were everywhere. But I prefer a more buttery crust than what I had tried, which were flakey but lacked flavour.
eff replying to a comment from Ryan / August 28, 2013 at 11:48 am
those both look and sound a lot like the many meat pies i was eating in australia earlier this year.
Amara replying to a comment from Logan / August 28, 2013 at 11:53 am
Here here!
d replying to a comment from andy416 / August 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm
Andy416, make your own pav!! It's pretty easy:
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cornflour
4 tbsp boiling water
1 tsp vinegar
Place all ingredients into large bowl of electric mixer. Beat on high speed until mixture is very stiff (approx 15 min) Spread onto ungreased, foil covered tray, mounding it up like a volcano with a hollow in the middle. In electric oven - Bake in 350 F oven for 10 min, reduce heat to 250 F. Bake for 45 minutes further, cool completely in oven. In gas oven - bake in 350 for 10 min, reduce to 250. Bake a further 1 to 1 1/2 hours, cool in oven.
When cool, dress with whipped cream, and fruit and chocolate shavings ...
The trick in Toronto? Where to find passionfruit! Anyone know where?!
Dan Mc / August 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm
"Aussie" meat pies were already available in Toronto: The Pie Commission at Islington and The Queensway has been open for a few weeks and have some fantastic pies.
Steven / August 28, 2013 at 01:12 pm
Waiting - just waiting for some lefty, asking if it comes in vegan.

Hope not.
etobs replying to a comment from Dan Mc / August 28, 2013 at 01:25 pm
thanks for this! I live around the corner and am looking forward to trying out the Pie Commission!
Shawna / August 28, 2013 at 02:17 pm
I may not be a pie connoisseur like some others who’ve commented claim to be, but I do know a good pie when I see (or taste!) it. These things are outstanding. And with 100% flaky butter crust and locally sourced responsible meat, the price point seems completely reasonable. So excited about the prospect of regularly popping into Sanagans post-work to pick these up for dinner!
jen / August 28, 2013 at 02:24 pm
Sense Appeal on Spadina was doing a good pie for a while, but I haven't seen it on the menu for ages.

There's a guy at the St. Lawrence farmer's market that sells them on Saturday, 2 for 5 bucks.
Friar Canuck replying to a comment from Dan Mc / August 28, 2013 at 02:29 pm
The Pie Commission stopped by Colonel Sam Smith Park right at the end of our footy game last night. The Beef 'n Beer was phenomenal!

bruce flan replying to a comment from Bruce / August 28, 2013 at 02:37 pm
oy bruce! we havin a real pissup at the crab shack sunday after the game! I'll put extra shrimps on the barbie for ya, like a good bruce should!

the lemur replying to a comment from Bruce / August 28, 2013 at 04:31 pm
You mean prawns, and VB, or XXXX, Toohey's, Carlton ... No one drinks Foster's.
ss / August 28, 2013 at 06:22 pm
Finally! Portable pies are the best. Now if we could just get some lamingtons up in here...
Ryan chow / August 28, 2013 at 06:40 pm
Agree pies, should be cheap as chips! Good after a few Speights when I lived in Wanaka.

I believe longo's on laird sells passionfruit and many other exotic fruits.
Timmy / August 28, 2013 at 07:10 pm
New Zealand makes the best pies. Australia is inferior.
the lemur replying to a comment from Timmy / August 28, 2013 at 08:44 pm
And the hottest.
With big / August 28, 2013 at 09:26 pm
I'm with Bill, ponsonby pie is the best, and miss l&p and Palova
Kelly / August 28, 2013 at 09:57 pm
Another vote for Kiwi pies! Oh man, I miss the steak and cheese, and the peppersteak, from the Wild Bean Cafes -- washed down with an L&P. Please, someone, make this happen!
Russell / August 29, 2013 at 08:09 am
Not Convinced - If this is an Aussie meat pie, where is the mushy peas and the hot sauce
Tsc Tempest / September 1, 2013 at 04:01 am
One would have to be a wanka to criticize a couple of women for having the initiative of following their desire to bring a foreign food idea to fruition in another country - not that any previous commentor is or has done so.

Yes, we could point out that the pies look overcooked; that they are using and all butter 'Puff Pastry' for the whole pie instead of a genuine piebase; the the original steak is mince meat instead of chunky and the price is $6.00 or more. But So what? So many commercially available "gourmet" pies in Australia are exactly the same - this is what is known as individual expression.

The "CHEAP" Aussie pie that someone insisted was what expat australians desire and need has either lived too long overseas, away from the motherland, or has not come across the choice investigations that found that the cheap pies failed to meet the minimum Australian standards for % of meat in a pie. That's wood chips for skinflints, I'm afraid.

Good luck to the girls I hope it works out for them and I hope Canada develops a ravenous taste for hand held savoury pies.
cosmosuave / September 1, 2013 at 06:14 pm
What about dim sims and Chikko rolls...
Shelley / September 11, 2013 at 09:54 am
Whilst not Aussie, I am originally from south Africa but totally addicted to pies. Kanga pies are great, even those at the Pie commission, also tried The Pie guyz which are pretty awesome and they have a huge variety. Looks like everyone will soon have their eyes on the pies!
Sarah replying to a comment from Dan Mc / September 27, 2013 at 03:54 pm
Had a Pie Commission pie last weekend after watching some local Aussie Rules in the rain.. Hit the spot perfectly!
Lily / October 12, 2013 at 07:15 pm
I was so excited to try these pies because I had one at tomorrowworld for the first time and it was delicious. However, after buying all flavours at hot oven bakery, I was not impressed. It was so greasy and oily and the taste was just ok. Nothing spectacular and definitely not worth the $6 for each one. Sorry girls, nice attempt at trying to make gourmet meat pies though :(
Michelle replying to a comment from Logan / October 13, 2013 at 07:34 pm
For the record, no they don't.
Jmy / October 30, 2013 at 08:15 pm
Had one the other day at the Delicious Food Show. Best Meat Pie I have ever had. Really good.
SN_D / June 5, 2014 at 11:44 am
If anyone makes it this far down, Ive had some of their meatpies and they are phenomenal! Ive had people who have gone to Australia and have had their pies that taste identical to the ones down under. Aussies flock there and for a good reason too. So dont judge before you buy it. Its well worth the money.

Finally, to you food snobs: chill out. If you really want to go get a meat pie from Australia, go pay your $2500 roundtrip ticket. Im sure the meat pie will be totally worth it. For others with common sense, this is a way to get a taste of Aussie land with a fraction of the price.
angela replying to a comment from Logan / October 7, 2014 at 05:27 pm
Totally New Zealand makes the best pies. Ive also lived in Australia for 6 years their pies comes in second. Thinking I may need to bring some kiwi flair to the Canadians and maybe open up my own place
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