I stand at the counter staring at the bakery products through the glass and my heart starts beating faster – I have no idea which delicious sweet to choose first. What a dilemma, right? Being a second generation Hungarian myself, I am instantly drawn back to a younger self, skipping through the streets of Hungary; around every corner, a shop or a pop up food counter selling freshly baked products, even as early as 6am. Here I am though, 24 years old, in Australia, at Bodri’s café and I am looking at my favorite Hungarian bakery product – Kakaos Csiga (Chocolate Snail). It tastes just as good as the first time I tried one in Hungary in 1997; a chocolatey, swirly, buttery, bakery product of deliciousness – yes please.
As the weather chills in Adelaide, the food at Bodri’s authentic Hungarian café at The Central Markets warms up and is locally made with all natural ingredients; and served by owners, husband and wife, Csaba and Monika Egri. Passionate - and authentically Hungarian themselves - they pride themselves on their traditional Hungarian food and it emanates through the glorious smells and tastes of their food.
They started their business at the 2012 Christmas pageant, serving from a food truck. Going on to selling at markets, festivals and private functions for four years, they decided to make the Central Markets their home this year in 2016.
Most Hungarians when they hear the name would think of the Poet Petöfi Sándor’s poem about a little dog called Bodri, but the derivation is far from this. The true origin of their shop’s name is, wait for it; their own names! The name Bodri is put together by the couples’ original names, Monika Bodnar and Csaba Egri – Bodnar and Egri put together, spelling Bodri.
So, what are their signature products, I hear you ask?
- The Bodri’s Chimney cake – a crispy, sugary, freshly baked, chimney shaped goodie!
- Friday night dinners include Goulash (Gulyás) or Stew in a bun (with traditional Pörkölt) - both meat dishes
- A generous selection of delicious bakery products
- Italian coffee
All products can be pre-ordered for private functions as well as bought in store during opening hours and the food truck can be invited to any festival or street party.
Central Market Arcade Shop, 28/30 Gouger St, Adelaide
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday – 7:30am – 3:30pm
& Friday - 7:30am – 9pm
For more information, take a look at their website
Jó étvágyat/Happy Eating!
All images via Bodri's Café