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Jun 25, 2011 08:30 AM

Aussie Embassy

On Day 17 of the 30 day ethnic food challenge it turned out to be a very G’Day. It would however have to be a take-away. In South Boston behind the door with the boxing Koala is KO Catering and Pies. KO is all about Australian Inspired fare including traditional savory meat and vegetarian pies as well as sandwiches, barbequed grilled seafood and salads. This Australian embassy is the down-under brain child of Chef Sam Jackson. Sam says of the name KO, “It stands for 'Ken Oath' which is Aussie slang for reaffirming your admiration for something, including how much you may have liked your meal”. He’s betting your meal will be a knock out as well.

Lot’s to choose from but meat pies, pastys, shrimp on the Barbie, dessert and drinks will have to do. Today I only have time to pick up lunch and run. The flaky crust savory pies include classic beef and beef stew. The piquantly pleasant pies are hand rolled and kept warm waiting for you. The Pantry shelves stock Australian grocery favorites, such as HP Sauce (malt vinegar/tamarind), Vegemite (yeast extract spread), Tim Tams chocolate biscuits and Sweet Chili Sauce. Sam suggests just ketchup with the pies but on this outing we’re going for pure pie. Plastic cutlery make quick work of the pies and the Pastys which are meat filled pastry cases that are flavorful and filling. Pair this with sensational Fentimans’ botanically brewed ginger beer. Be sure to invert the bottle before pouring to get the full effect. The spicy ginger brew grows on you and contrasts well with the satisfying pies.

Couldn’t miss Shrimp on the Barbie. Red spiced, grilled just right and served on a bed of salad with feta and lots of fresh limes the plate is perky and refreshing. There’s lots more to come back for at KO like the Chicken Schnitzel Burger, the Grilled Fish Sandwich and Brekky (breakfast/available weekends).

To close out the Australian interlude the Lamingtons are a must. A Lamington is a cube of sponge cake, coated in a layer of chocolate then shredded coconut. In Australia you find them in places like cafes, lunch bars, better supermarkets and KO Catering and pies. Minties which are mint salt water taffy had to come home too. Chef Sam and his crew are tremendous hosts and KO is a place you want to come back to and try more things Australian which turn out to be very much on top.

Open Tue-Fri 8am-8pm; Weekends 9am-3pm

KO Catering and Pies
87 A St, Boston, MA 02127

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  1. Congrats on adding a 6th continent to the list. No Antarctican restaurants to my knowledge in our fair city.

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    1. re: gourmaniac

      Thanks gourmaniac. Check out my latest post on China. I chose Dongbei (not one of the big 8). Outstanding and finally got to employ a bottle Moutai I'd been saving. I still feel I can get Taiwan (Sorta Fujian) in as well. I really appreciate your encouragement.

      1. re: gourmaniac

        There used to be an Antarctican restaurant in Everett, but everyone was complaining that their food was cold so they closed.

        1. re: hiddenboston

          So many people have been talking about continents. I could do a McMurdo Station frozen food menu I suppose. I have 9 restaurants left to pick. Your thoughts?

            1. re: yumyum

              I have been saving it. I love Taiwan Cafe. Suggestion?

              1. re: EATTV

                I like taiwan cafe but id love to send you to Mulan in Cambridge. Pig foot. Beef rollups. Crispy fried chicken with Basil. Fantastic!

                1. re: yumyum

                  I have had two good meals at Mulan in Waltham. Never been to the Cambridge mother ship. Also never been to JoJo Taipei. Nab wrote me re: TC, "first Taiwanese game in town, will always be king of the jungle, even if the ol' lion is getting tired, which I don't believe is the case".
                  I have been saving this as a relief near the end. 乐趣和美味

                  1. re: EATTV

                    You've been to TC a bunch right? Try something new! JoJo Taipei is another good option -- the spicy flounder dish is swoony.

                    But that braised pig foot at Mulan will kill you. In a good way.

                    1. re: yumyum

                      Perhaps Day 23 or 26. 请加入我们的行列

                    2. re: EATTV

                      i watch too many African big cat shows

                      mmmm ... 獅子頭

              2. re: EATTV

                I'd recommend the Byrdseye frozen medley at McMurdo's. If you are up for Pakistani, I would suggest Darbar on North Beacon in Brighton, a long stone's throw from Day 1's selection Yo Ma. Get the Haleem. Also brains if that's your pleasure.

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  Brains can be superb. Coppa had some brains when they opened. How does Darbar do them?

                  253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                  1. re: EATTV

                    I've never had them, but Nab posted a good description in this ghoulish thread...

                    1. re: EATTV

                      you should definitely get the magaz masala (brains masala) if you go to darbar

            2. This thread inspired me to try the meat pie at KO and it was very tasty. i grew up on the Canadian equivalent. KO's pies have much better meat and a puff pastry crust. The ones from my childhood were mostly gristle and cow lips in a water and lard crust (mmmm. cow lips). So Ko's version scratched the itch and my childhood version is probably now banned by the FDA.

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                1. re: gourmaniac

                  Cow lips you say...

                  But did you get the lamingtons?

                  1. re: EATTV

                    No. Thought I'd do a chow crawl instead and tried My diner across the street (fish and chips... meh) and stopped into Mul's (but didn't order anything). I'll be back to KO's for corn fritters (only on weekends).

                    1. re: gourmaniac

                      I've been thinking about getting the "I'm with Meh" T-Shirt. Seriously or at least enthusiastically though, I'm not really a dessert person but the Lamingtons sponge cake squares dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut made me want to have an affair with an Australian lady baker.