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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Nice little sideline dirk. You and loytoy should get on the wobbly pops shoot the shit go bowling and maybe merge? Creating a mega farang pie and sausage roll monopoly country wide. Fuck yeah .

    Always room for more !!

    In my soi I have Continental Bakery and Ricks bakery.

    Both make damn fine products,but another pie shop... mmmmm yes please !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Nice little sideline dirk. You and loytoy should get on the wobbly pops shoot the shit go bowling and maybe merge? Creating a mega farang pie and sausage roll monopoly country wide. Fuck yeah .
    Nae messin Pal, straight for world domination!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    Always room for more !!

    In my soi I have Continental Bakery and Ricks bakery.

    Both make damn fine products,but another pie shop... mmmmm yes please !!
    We can't compete with Pattaya. We can deliver to practically any bus station in Southern Thailand right up to Bangkok but we just cant get affordable logistics to go beyond in the required timescale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    We have a kitchenaid too but never used it. I bought it for 1,000 baht off a guy who was leaving Thailand at the start of the virus. Will come in handy at some point for small stuff.

    Cheers, enjoy the holibobs.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    The pictures of the things you made , look fabulous, It makes my baking look amachurish, Which is exactly what it is , anyway . LOL
    1.000 bht for a kitchen aid Mixer is dirt Cheap I would happily give you double that and think I got a deal.
    This Christmas season I made Traditional Greek Christmas cookies, (Kourabiedes), they are almond butter cookies covered in confectioners sugar.
    I made christmas present plated with the cookies and most of then went to the neighbors, what is in the picture is all I had left, which is good, because I I cant stop letting them. LOL Today I am going to make them covered in Chocolate, rather than the white suggar,
    and yesterday me and the wife tried our hand at making Thai sausage (Sai Qua)for the first time , (Ground pork, chopped chili peppers ,garlic, lemongrass, kalanga, scallions,onions, fish sauce, white pepper.) They were the best I ever had.
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    Sorry I haven't got around to this, my mrs knocked up the last batch while I was out preparing for our xmas eve party, then we were in Pattaya until just before new year.

    The strangest thing happened, There is a public facebook page for people from my home city and in one discussion somebody talked about rowies, which are local to Aberdeen. Rowies, butteries, rolls, morning rolls and probably a bunch of other names.

    I made a post with pictures of one of many batches we have made here and my FB pretty much blew up. I basically just said 'yeah, we make our own here, gotta do what you gotta do' and now it's a few days later and that post has nearly a thousand likes and almost 200 comments. Everyone started tagging their friends and family in Thailand and now I have orders for well over a hundred rowies and a dozen macaroni pies.

    On top of all that, I've been contacted by a reporter for a major Scottish Tabloid Newspaper who is running a story on this.

    Mental.

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    Wow, great news!

    A fantastic start to the year.

    Happy 2021.

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    Thanks man.

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    Aye. World domination is assured . Big yin

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    Someone on BKK Twitter posted a screenshot of you in a local UK paper I think. Gone world-wide!

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    The Daily Record has done an article on you !

    Your deep fried Mars bars have gone viral

    Fantastic story.

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    Yep, and I was on BBC radio Scotland yesterday!

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    There goes the article, along with my anonymity...

    Scots dad is big hit in Thailand with cafe serving up Aberdeen butteries, fried Mars bars and Lorne square sausage rolls - Daily Record

    Scots dad is big hit in Thailand with cafe serving up Aberdeen butteries, fried Mars bars and Lorne square sausage rolls


    Jackie Gerrard gives locals in the far east a taste of the north-east.

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    A Scots dad is serving up Aberdeen butteries, deep fried Mars bars and steak pies to hungry expats at a cafe in Thailand.
    Jackie Gerrard runs the Hot Bread Shop in Songkhla, Thailand, and has Scots punters queuing up to sample a taste of home.
    The 37-year-old, from Aberdeen, has even turned the locals’ tastebuds after transporting the Granite City’s famous rolls from the north-east to the far East.
    He quickly added mince and tatties, square sausage and black pudding rolls and chips, cheese and beans to his menu after demands grew in the tiny town.


    After moving to Thailand in 2009 when he was made redundant from a major oil and gas firm, Jackie was introduced to his dad’s neighbour who helped kick start the idea.
    He said: “I moved to Songkhla, a small oil and gas town, in 2009 when I was made redundant from my job with Schlumberger in Perth, Australia due to the 2008 credit crunch.




    They had a cafe before lockdown but now make the bread from home (Image: Handout)READ MORE

    “My dad Tam was also an oil worker and had been living here since the late 90s, so I came to live with him and my two half-brothers Andrew and Michael.
    "There are no tourists in Songkhla but due to the nature of the industry there is an abundance of expat workers, many from the north- east of Scotland.



    Battered Mars bars and ice cream are served up (Image: @HotBreadShopSongkhla)READ MORE

    “Everyone wants a taste of home.
    “Our bakery, The Hot Bread Shop, was originally opened by a Kiwi oil worker named Malcolm McPherson, who was my Dad’s neighbour.
    “When his work took him elsewhere, he sold it to their other neighbour who then sold it to me.”
    A chance meeting to purchase the shop started romance for Jackie, when he met his future partner Tata who now cooks alongside him.
    At the time Jackie had just landed a job in South Korea with a five week rotation but said purchasing the shop was a dream of his.
    He continued: “When The Hot Bread Shop was up for sale and we decided to buy it.



    Steak pies have proved a hit in Thailand (Image: Handout)“This was in 2014, we used all the money we had to buy it and even borrowed cash from a friend.
    “There was a lot to do and little money so we slowly worked away at it.
    “As soon as I got the keys, I decided to have a specials menu with various Scottish favourites. Whichever meals sold well would be added permanently.



    Scots favourites like mince and tatties are for sale (Image: @HotBreadShopSongkhla)READ MORE

    “I then added Thai food to the menu so expats could come in with their friends, partners and colleagues for a bite to eat.
    Jackie’s specials have included Macaroni Pies, Mince and tatties, Scotch eggs, Lorne square sausage and black pudding, battered mars bars, chips, cheese and beans and the famous Aberdeen butteries.



    Sausage and mash is also available (Image: @HotBreadShopSongkhla)READ MORE

    The delicacy- made for fishermen going offshore- are also known as 'rowies' in the north-east.
    Jackie said: "We started getting hints from customers who would say things like, ‘How long is the wait for a couple of rowies’ or ‘just a rowie n jam please’ so we decided to start making them.



    They also make Aberdeen 'butteries' for the oil workers (Image: Handout)


    Favourites from home are for sale in Thailand (Image: @HotBreadShopSongkhla)

    "The first problem was that we couldn’t source the lard, so we have to render our own.
    "Then they would come out too crispy, so we played around with cooking times and temperatures until we got it right and the orders started coming in.
    "My wife Tata is the genius behind the cooking and baking.
    "I would bring the ideas and the recipes and she would make the magic happen."
    The couple now have two sons and with work pressure mounting they decided to move the bakery business to their own home with business booming during the lockdown.



    A full breakfast roll with square sausage (Image: @HotBreadShopSongkhla)TOP NEWS STORIES TODAY

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    He added that people across Thailand were asking about his Scots snacks.
    He said: "We currently have orders for well over 100 rowies that we will bake this week and distribute locally and 770kms to Hua Hin, 1100km to Pattaya, 1,270kms to Trat and 1,520kms to Udon Thani.
    "It's quite exciting times for the humble rowie.
    "I will experiment with some local flavourings to see if I can win over the locals.
    "Perhaps add some Tom Yum paste or some Thai Green Curry. You never know."


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    Yep, and I was on BBC radio Scotland yesterday!
    I was invited onto BBC Radio Humberside the other day. But I declined. Regret it a bit.

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    Could have been worse..it could have been radio Norwich in the mobile broadcasting RV with Alan Partridge.


    Mince and Tatties above look very nice.

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