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British Foods       started by MTG on 20 Jun 2010   (22905)
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From MTG

20 Jun 2010 7:30 PM
(108684)
Hey there, Does anyone know of any shops around Hoppers Crossing are that I can buy British foods from? If not is there any shops near the City? Thanks!
From babs_andy

To MTG

20 Jun 2010 10:48 PM
(108686)
What particular British foods are you looking for??
From MTG

To babs_andy

21 Jun 2010 12:20 PM
(108690)
Just bisto, weetabix and juice (robinsons orange & blackcurrant etc) Do you knw anywhere?
From babs_andy

To MTG

21 Jun 2010 1:33 PM
(108691)
Sorry not for those foods. I know the important stuff like lollies and chocolates (Melbourne Central)! Those particular foods we buy Australian.
From rockinghorse

To MTG

21 Jun 2010 3:18 PM
(108693)
You could check out Coles.. I know Cole in Sunbury had an Iternational section. Or you could search online. Am with you regarding the Weetabix. I buy Australian Weetbix for my family. My kids don't know any difference. But I have to go without. The English Weetabix in the British shop is too expensive for us all to eat! Happy hunting. My mate reckons she can get Weetabix in the local Coles to her ( which is North Brisbane). I live on the Coast but have not yet found any.
From jimboman

To MTG

21 Jun 2010 7:44 PM
(108699)
Weetabix (English) is sold here by IGA and Coles as 'Whole Wheat Biscuits'. Apart from the name, the pack looks the same. Bisto is also available in Coles (in WA anyway) and in IGA. Aussie gravy (gravox) is just dried up river mud in a tin. Best Foods real Mayo is exactly the same as Helmanns but for some reason, imported Helmanns is cheaper than Best Foods (which is made in Australia). As for juice drinks, there is such a variety here, that there must be one locally made that the kids would like. By the way, bought a small pack of Minstrels for the OH yesterday and they were $4.95.
From sdb

To MTG

21 Jun 2010 8:04 PM
(108700)
Hi, i buy bistro, crisps like walkers and english chocolate and biscults from a shop in Bondi and they post all over Australia www.britishsweets.com.au prices not to bad and it calacutes the postage too, i have always recieved parcels by express post There is also another shop online just google sorry cant remember the name of that one Have a look, hope this helps Anita
From marknedi

To jimboman

23 Jun 2010 9:36 AM
(108726)
Would it be fair (or not) to say that those who are always seeking out 'British food' are just pro-longing the agony of missing 'home'? Maybe if people bought (and supported) local produce they would feel a part of the community quicker and also be contributing more favourably to the local economy. It's along the same lines as those who always compare 'British' to 'Australian' there is no comparison.....its just different and that is what attracts people to go in the first place. ps- this is not aimed at anyone in particular, I just wondered what the wider thoughts are on this????
From rockinghorse

To marknedi

23 Jun 2010 12:26 PM
(108727)
I try and buy local food etc. But I get frustrated over clothes. Most of the clothes here comes from China. I buy in Target, Big w etc. I must comment and say the t.shirts don't was very well. In the Uk I bought out of Asda and Tesco. They also had China on the label but washed much better. The cost was also a lot cheaper!
From me2you

To marknedi

23 Jun 2010 5:06 PM
(108730)
my thoughts are - some of the foods you buy in australia are just sh*t and an alternative needs to be found! Note I dont say 'australian foods' or 'british foods'. but many of the 'local' brands I just couldnt get used to. the same has happened in reverese to a smaller degree - now back in england, I really miss a few things that i could get in oz but not here - mainly types of wine but also some sweets and fish. i wouldnt travel five extra miles and pay 20 bucks for walkers crisps but i would have done whilst there for some decent gravy!!
From jimboman

To marknedi

23 Jun 2010 7:32 PM
(108732)
I remember when a Mars bar here tasted like a cross between a Milky Way and dog poo (then they started importing them from Slough). I don't think it is about not supporting the local economy, or hankering for things from 'back home'. It is about taste. Bisto instant gravy, tastes like gravy. Gravox, tastes like nothing. It is a light brown powdery hot liquid. The stuff that is pre made in liquid sachets, is just the same stuff, but twice the price. Aussie mayo, is salad cream. That is what salad cream used to be called here(Mayo). Real Mayo was (and still is) called 'whole egg mayo'. Aussie Weetbix, is just crunched together special K (not the new big flakes, but the old watery small flakes that special K used to do). That said, 99% of the stuff we buy here is Aussie. Vegemite beats Marmite hands down for flavour, and I used to buy it in England. I am totally into red rock deli chips (crisps) and the kids love redskins and lifesavers. The worst thing here, is the fish and chips. They taste OK, but a good bit of north sea cod and king edwards cut and fried, beats snapper and re-constituted potato starch (shaped like chips), hands down. Maybe it is something to do with the Aussies frying in fresh Canola oil, when we all know that to do fish and chips properly, you need to fry in 6 year old, rancid beef dripping.
From simonc

To jimboman

23 Jun 2010 8:41 PM
(108733)
I was just reading the thread and thinking to myself how good the fish n chips are - at least from my local, maybe they are using the old fashioned method, and squid is always on the menu. Take away sushi is ace and cheap, the kebabs are that good you dont have to be mullered to enjoy them, and there is a huge variety of good cheap Asian food... The supermarkets lack some of the bits that you can get over there, but they have other stuff that they dont have over there too. You win some you lose some.
From sdb

To simonc

23 Jun 2010 9:51 PM
(108736)
I agree with jimboman, it all about the taste, Bistro tastes like gravy gravox is like cardboard. I buy vegimite which i did in the uk, and the kids prefer the aussie mars bar. Kids just like monster munch, but then next week it will be burger rings. My local supermarkets dont do the english selection so we have to make do with the aussie stuff. I do buy from the british sweets shops i go to one which is local to me so supporting a small australian business, this is a treat and dont buy all the time maybe once a month. I buy my fish from the guy down the road, but what i really miss is the fish and chips from my old local, if i ever visit the Uk thats what i would have to eat first lol If you live in Australia, you make do wwith what you have on offer A
From kayandandy

To jimboman

23 Jun 2010 10:34 PM
(108737)
Jimboman ZEDS on South Street, Beaconsfield as you are heading into Freo do the best fish and chips in Perth. Run by a girl with English parents. It is fantastic quality and always fresh! We get ours every friday!
From tisme

To jimboman

23 Jun 2010 10:52 PM
(108738)
Yibbiddas in Port Kennedy do real hand cut chips, and you can get a curry sauce to go with your fish and chips.
From jimboman

To kayandandy

23 Jun 2010 11:33 PM
(108739)
Funny that, because we lived in Beaconsfield back in 1971 and 72 and used to go to a chippy on South Street which was really nice. I think it was on the junction with Carrington Street but I'm not too sure. I remember going past the 'Saint' letterbox on the way there. We lived in Doig Place off Fifth Avenue.
From jimboman

To tisme

23 Jun 2010 11:37 PM
(108740)
We have been to the one at South Waikiki Shopping Centre (opposite The Last Drop, but you know that anyway) and it has been pretty good so far. They do a kids pack for $5.00 which is fish and chips plus a choice of Dim Sim/Pineapple Fritter or Crab Stick. Their Snapper is only $5.20 a piece and it is a good sized bit as well (I just wish it was cooked in rotten beef lard).
From kayandandy

To jimboman

24 Jun 2010 12:03 AM
(108741)
We are in Gibson street ... just renting while we build! It is a few down from York Street. You should head over ... the butchers up at the shops is the best in PErth!!!!
From Cedric

To jimboman

27 Jun 2010 10:04 PM
(108759)
The chippy at Waikiki Village is pretty good, too. We live in Settlers Hills but prefer to drive to Waikiki for fish and chips as the local one in Settlers is not as good. No cod and chips or haddock over here, though....
From adamcat

To Cedric

27 Jun 2010 10:26 PM
(108761)
Our favourite chippy is the Bent Chip on Safety Bay Road, they do alot of good quality chips for five dollars which is plenty for our family.....
From jimboman

To Cedric

27 Jun 2010 10:29 PM
(108762)
My dad was here for six weeks (went back two weeks ago) and said that the Waikiki Village one was the nearest he had found to UK fish and chips (and he is from North Devon where fish and chips is a way of life).
From KathrynG

To MTG

28 Nov 2010 4:02 PM
(109807)
There is a british section in coles. It sells weetabix, paxo and other stuff. There is an English shop in Churnside Park, they have tons of English products as well as other stuff. It is in the shopping centre there near Bakers Delight. The other english shop is http://www.treatsfromhome.com.au/, they do mail order.
From KathrynG

To marknedi

28 Nov 2010 4:19 PM
(109808)
I think you lose the taste for british food. The chocolate and crisps both taste really strange to me these days. I miss some things like Kettle Chips but walkers crisps I would not eat at all now. You adept over time. The only thing we will not compromise on is paxo stuffing, which we get from Coles, we do not like the Aussie version. As to fish and chips,people should make there own and we have come up with a brilliant recipe for making mushy peas which surpasses bachelors tinned ones. The other thing I do not like is the Aussie guacamole as it looks too bright green for me, we make our own version of that too.