If you grew up where i grew up you could get a jamaican beef patty like a bag a chips. Coming home from school, I would get one at the Islington subway station for a buck and quarter, $1.75 with a cocoa bun. I would try and lie about not eating one to my mom who had dinner ready, but i couldn't hide the bright orange flaky crust that would fall into my scarf.
Here in Vancouver, where when i refer to beef patties most people think i mean burger patties, it's been more of a challenge to score, until now. I know this blog is supposed to guide you to the best restaurants in town but there are some gems that should not be kept a secret. Hibiscus Foods is a family wholesale business owned and run by Edward Chang who came here from Jamaica in '78. He worked in the car sales business for awhile but thankfully scrapped that and opened Hibiscus in 95'. Their specialty? Yes.. that's right...Jamaican patties. Beef, curried chicken, vegetarian, jerk chicken and spinach all for about 14 dollars a dozen. Just in case you are unsure, a Jamaican patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric.(thanks wiki) Think a Caribbean pizza pop.
So there was this reggae jam that needed some food and i was connected to Edward who during his runs to his restaurants that he supplies to, delivered 7 dozen patties right to my door. Of course, I sampled one of the beef which i conveniently popped in the microwave for about a minute (i know, i know, i couldn't wait and i was at work). DANG!!! Simple, fresh, slightly spicy with curry chili and of course the perfect shade of bright orange. Ironically, in my shop was another Chinese Jamaican lady who knew of Ed Chang and his family. She enjoyed the patties as well as did the 100 people at the party.
Instructions: Take the patties and warm them in the oven until the insides are as hot you like them and serve! Add a little chutney if you like or you can get your hands on some cocoa bread then put the patty inside.
The sux part...Ed only sells wholesale so you have to order at least 5 dozen, which is not difficult considering you would want to try all the flavours. I only tried the beef and the veggie but can't wait to try the rest.
#9 -1850 Kingsway Ave.
Port Coquitlam, BC
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