Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Dirty Dirty Pukka Pies

Hot pie anyone?  Ever tried a Pukka Pie?  Nor me but by half time of a dull pre season friendly between the MK Dons and Norwich City I’d worked up the courage to bite the bullet.

In all fairness I've seen them around for years; in run down chippies often next to menacing looking Saveloy, behind counters in working men's clubs, always wrapped in steamy plastic, often of indeterminate age.  Needless to say I’d never felt the desire to actually eat one. 

It’s not like I have standards; I've willingly eaten Fray Bentos before so I’m no stranger to mystery meat wrapped in pastry.  I paid my three English pounds and made my way back to the terrace; my face a mask of fear and curiosity.

First task was to get the plastic off and work out how to eat the fucker without making a complete mess of myself.  I broke through and wrestled the foil casing off gingerly setting about my task.

The pastry casing was soft, damp, and flaccid; more like eating a steamed dumpling than a pie.  Just holding it together was proving to be mission on its own.

Once through the shell though I reached rich glossy balti gravy, nicely spiced considering, and full of flavour.  It was several bites till I found some chicken but what I got was actually enjoyable.

It wasn't long before the inevitable happened and I dropped warm curry in my lap but even with this minor mishap and despite the flaccid pastry the pie wasn't that displeasing.

Would I buy another one?  It shames me to yes.

11 comments:

  1. mmmmn flaccid, a word that never ought describe anything you put in your mouth...

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    1. Very true but flaccid was very apt; floppy would have worked as well...

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  2. It's warmed while it's still inside its plastic wrap?

    ps I'd eat it.

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    1. I'm assuming so. Probably explains why the pastry doesn't cook properly as it must be steamed to heat it up.

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    2. Hey! I work in one of the best chippies in Birmingham. I have to say, they taste crap if they're done the way you got yours. We get our pies in boxes, none of them are wrapped in plastic. We heat them up in an oven till the shell is nice and crispy. That way the pie is at it's best. Have a look around, maybe you'll find one done that way.

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  3. At our chippy they flip them upside down, out of the packet to heat - results in a slightly less flaccid pie. Passable at a push. :)

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  4. Ooh, sounds like this could be something of a guilty pleasure... I admit, the flaccid pastry does not sound good, but on a cold night with no other alternatives.... well, i'd probably give it a whirl. Mind you, i've indulged in a few mystery meat donner kebabs in the past, so my stomach is probably ready for anything.

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  5. This sounds like one of those things that ought to be so wrong, but is actually, so right. I'd give it a go!

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  6. It looks unappealing but I bet it taste better than it looks. Like the saying says, "Don't judge a book by its cover". Am I right or am I wrong? lol
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  7. Apparently invented at Walsall FC, and as a proud supporter these are a staple at every matchday! Really not as bad as some would have you believe!!

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  8. Don't microwave a pie. How do you expect it to be anything but a soggy mess if you steam the pastry instead of baking it!?

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