I’ve been known to say that in NYC, we have just about every type of food imaginable from a mobile food vehicle. Schnitzel? Check. Jamaican food? Check. Gourmet slushes? Check. But one glaring ommission up until now has been an obvious street food: Australian meat pies. Well, Dub Pies is close enough.
This truck launched just a few months ago as an extension of a New Zealand owned shop in Brooklyn specializing in these hand held gutbombs. They also serve gourmet coffee (flat white, anyone?) and an interesting Kiwi (not the fruit) dessert or two. I discovered them parked on 52nd and 6th last Friday and the guy on the truck told me they were trying to pin down a regular day to return to Midtown.
I don’t have much experience with these type of pies (always been leery of the overly smiley logo at Pie Face) so wasn’t sure which pie to order. I like beef and I like cheese, so I chose the mince pie, along with a sausage roll. The total came to just $10 and with all that meat and pastry, I was sure to not need to eat again for at least a few hours.
Somewhere between a corn dog, an egg roll, and a meat pie sat this sausage roll. The buttery pastry shell flaked away after each bite and the hearty sausage orbs inside had a peppery, gamey flavor. I thought it might be lamb, but upon more research it turns out it’s beef and pork. Although the filling could have been hotter, this was almost too easy to eat.
I asked the guy on the truck to heat up the pie, but he said everything was already warm. I’d say it was lukewarm, but I realized it was the perfect temperature to hold in your hand. Much hotter would have made things very unpleasant.
But that $7 pie had tons of flavor once you got to the rich stewed beef inside. There was a strong peppery flavor with a lingering pungent spice. The white cheddar had melted down so really just added a sharp richness to the onion gravy. And the tender dough brought lots of sweet butteriness to the party.
The meal was definitely filling and the truck is a welcome addition to the diverse options on the street. According to their Facebook page, they will be in Midtown once again. Follow along on twitter @dubpies