What's a chimney cake?' I hear you ask. Don't worry, before visiting Bodri's Bakery & Cafe food caravan on a sunny day in Victoria Square, I didn't know either. After my visit and chat with the charming couple who are bringing the only genuine chimney cakes in South Australia to the masses, I now know. First and foremost they are absolutely delicious. That's the most important detail out of the way.
Honestly, I could eat more of these than would be healthy that's for sure. While they are most certainly a delicious treat food Csaba was quick to point out that there is absolutely nothing artificial that goes into the recipe - they are all natural, so while they may be a treat they are a better option than something full of nasty chemicals.
Chimney cakes are the most popular 'street food' in Hungary, where Csaba and his wife, Monika, are from originally. They have travelled extensively but have made Australia home for the past three years and were so happy to tell me that they consider it to be the best country around. The service could not have been better and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the warm, friendly couple. The recipe isn't a family secret - they use the traditional Hungarian recipe which is over three hundred years old. After my taste of the delectable snack I can only say that they've been getting it right for three centuries, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
So to make a chimney cake you start with the dough, which Csaba and Monika make themselves from the traditional recipe. Then you rap it around a special rolling pin, from there you coat it in sugar and pop it in the special oven. Traditionally, they were put on a spit and baked over a charcoal fire, but the specially designed bakery van has its own special oven to do this job.
Then you take it out of the oven and let it sit for a while - a) because it's very hot and b) because the steam coming out of the top makes it look like the little chimney that it is, hence the name. It will be all glistening with the caramelised sugar and the sweet smell wafting is like the smell of bread baking and sugar, in other words an amazing scent.
Then they are popped into their bags while still warm and they are ready for you to enjoy. If you're anything like me that means ready to be devoured in an embarrassingly small amount of time and you then make eyes at your partner's remaining spiral but manage to maintain some semblance of dignity and not scoff his too. Besides, they really are more than large enough for one person.
There are a few different flavours available from Bodri's - I had mine plain caramel and it was delicious but there are also options to have it with coconut, cocoa, walnut and cinnamon. My partner had his with cocoa and it was nice but I think I preferred mine as you got more of a toffeeish/caramelised sugar crunch to the outside and then the extra texture of the incredibly soft, warm, delicious doughy goodness. I did ask whether it's always a sweet and the short answer was yes, but the longer one was that they may experiment with savoury flavours like cheese in the future. Maybe.
Safe to say that I am a fan of chimney cakes for life now, for better or worse. However, it would be remiss of me not to mention that we also had two lattes from Bodri's Bakery and Cafe. They use coffee beans by an Italian artisan roaster named Lucaffe.
When I said I'd never heard of this roaster before Csaba pointed out that it's because they are the only people in South Australia using this brand. He explained that they imported it from Italy (purchased through a local supplier) and had taken time and care to make sure that they were getting the best coffee. They wanted one that they liked, and that could supply a reasonable quantity while still maintaining the highest level of quality. The two lattes we had were absolutely wonderful. The flavour from the bean is quite mild but strong enough to know that it's a coffee in your hand, and not just warm milk. There is no bitter aftertaste. The flavour is more on the sweet, nutty side than the more bitter notes you encounter in some coffees.
Delivering excellent quality is something that Csaba and Monika are passionate about in all things in their business. They also stock lovely Tea Drop teas which I know from experience to be very good. Overall I couldn't really have enjoyed the experience any more than I did. It was a sunny day, Victoria Square was also hosting Burger Theory, Veggie Velo and a trio of musicians were playing some light Parisian style music.
I had a delicious treat in my hand, one of the best coffees I've had in a while, and nothing to do but sit back and relax. I highly recommend giving Bodri's Bakery and Cafe a try - if nothing else you can tell people you've had a chimney cake - or a Kürtőskalács if you're game enough to try that pronunciation.
You can find out where they'll be each day by checking out their website, and their facebook page. Adelaide's food truck explosion just keeps getting better.