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Thursday, September 5, 2013
The taste of Australia has been brought to Norwich after a new pie shop was opened by a Brundall man who lived Down Under for four years.
Flaming Galah’s the Australian Pie Stop has been opened in Ber Street in Norwich by 30-year-old Callum Haggarty, who lived in Adelaide in South Australia for four years before returning home 18 months ago.
The menu features the likes of a breakfast pie, a beef mince, onion and gravy pie called The Classic Aussie, a creamy garlic chicken and mushroom pie known as The Pom and The Flaming Galah pie, containing spicy Panang curry.
Mr Haggarty said: “This has been in my mind for years, ever since I first travelled to Australia. All the photos in the shop are mine from my travels out there.
“Pies are like their roast dinners almost. In certain areas of Australia you get pie carts and bakeries everywhere.”
All the pies are handmade in the shop, including specials such as The Bondi, a seafood chowder pie, and The Grill, containing Thai chicken satay with peanut sauce.
Mash potato, mushy peas and gravy are also part of the shop’s offering, which has already featured Aussie ingredients such as kangaroo.
Mr Haggarty continued: “In Adelaide there was a bakery called St Peter’s and their pies were to die for. You never asked for a pie, you asked ‘what have you get left?’
“That’s where my passion for beef pies and the recipes has come from.”
Flaming Galah’s is open between 10am and 9pm from Monday to Saturday and Mr Haggarty is hoping Norwich City supporters will give the shop a try on matchdays.
It has already become something of a pilgrimage for Australian visitors to Norwich, with the name of the shop proving popular.
Mr Haggartty explained that ‘a flaming galah’ is a nice way for Australians to call someone a fool, although a galah is a bird, also known as a Rose-breasted Cockatoo.
He hopes to strengthen the Australian links as the shop establishes itself, adding: “We had kangaroo in the first couple of weeks, that was fantastic so we’re looking to get more, and we’re hoping to have crocodile for something like a crocodile cassolette pie.
“We’re hoping to be able to do the more adventurous stuff like that.”