Opened in 2003, the Para Hills Hot Bread Bakery specialises in offering a wide range of bread and pastries. Among their pastries are pies whose fillings are based on Vietnamese dishes, something that we have not yet seen offered at other bakeries that we have visited. Many of their pastries have earned the bakery various awards, evident by the numerous certificates displayed on the bakery's walls.
Befitting its name, their Pho Pie includes strands of rice noodles which gave the filling a bit of a thick texture. The chunks of beef were tender with enough spices to give the pie a flavour that is similar to its namesake. Pho lovers will be amazed at how the taste of this popular Vietnamese street has been replicated in the pie.
Pho Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those that like something spicy, the Bo Kho Pie is a good choice. Bo Kho is a Vietnamese stew that is made using beef and carrots that is typically served with toasted bread or rice noodles. The beef was as tender as the one in the Pho Pie and the texture of the filling was also not too thick. It also had enough heat to lift the flavour of the beef, but not so much that it cannot be enjoyed by those not used to spicy foods.
Bo Kho Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Something more along of the line of the pies most Australians are used to, the filling of the Meat Potato Pie was of the texture that we desired and had a delectable savoury flavour. The topping of mashed potato tied everything together by balancing out the taste of the filling with its creamy flavour.
Among one of the bakery's award winning sausage rolls, their Chilli Sausage Roll had enough chilli to give the sausage meat mixture a delightful spicy kick but yet mild enough for most Australian tastes. The pastry also added to the enjoyment of the sausage roll with its crisp and flaky texture and had a beautiful buttery flavour.
Chilli Sausage Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to the Bo Kho Pie, the chunks of beef in the Beef Curry Pie were a bit bigger to give it a chunkier texture. The spices used in the sauce of the filling gave a flavour that is similar to curries that you expect to see at Indian restaurants.
Beef Curry Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who prefer chicken to beef, the bakery also offers a Chicken Curry Pie as well. The tender chunks of chicken were set off by the inclusion of some vegetables that still had a bite to them.
Chicken Curry Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Finding parking space is of little concern with the carpark of the shopping complex the bakery is located at offering a decent amount of parking space. If you are looking for a quick snack or a light meal while at Para Hills, consider dropping by for a visit. You have the option of purchasing hot pies for immediate consumption or cold pies for taking home to be heated up later.