The Start Up Files is a series that aims to find out where good ideas come from and how they happen. Each fortnight we chronicle the journey of someone who brought their idea to life through the Renew Adelaide program. In this article, we chat to Csaba Egri from Bodri’s Hungarian Artisan Bakery & Café.
Traditional Hungarian baking is quite unique. Take the Chimney cake. A 300 year old recipe which involves wrapping a strip of sweet dough around a spit, covering it in sugar then cooking it over an open fire. The result is a cylindrical cake that is crisp on the outside and soft in the centre. When it’s freshly baked, steam rises through the centre, resembling a chimney.
Chimney Cakes are just one of the many delicious treats you can find at Bodri’s Hungarian Artisan Bakery & Café.
Bodri’s came to be when Csaba and his wife Monika moved to Adelaide and discovered there wasn’t anything here that resembled the traditional Hungarian food they grew up with.
“In Hungary baking is a tradition. You learn from your mother and grandmother how to make good food because Hungarians like to eat the best quality foods. It’s not a fast food nation where the idea is to make something in five seconds. Hungarian food is very different, it takes a long and highly skilled process to make it.”
Wanting a change from their careers in IT, Csaba and Monika decided to start their own Hungarian bakery business. Bodri’s first started as a mobile food business in 2012, around the time the food truck scene started taking off in Adelaide.
Bodri’s quickly became a hit due to their quality food that couldn’t be found anywhere else in Adelaide.
“Everything we make is quite unique here in Australia. We make everything ourselves from scratch using the most expensive, all natural ingredients. We don’t use artificial vanilla, we use Madagascan vanilla beans and the highest quality Belgian chocolate. Put all of this together and the results are very different from what you can get in a supermarket.”
Bodri’s also became popular for their specialty coffee which they import from Italy. While Csaba loves to boast about the quality of Hungarian food, he admits that Italians make the best coffee.
It wasn’t long before Bodri’s outgrew their food truck and needed a bigger space. Through the Renew Adelaide program they landed a space at Shop 28 in the Central Markets where they can still be found today.
Having a larger space means they’ve been able to expand their product range even further. When asked which one of these products is the best, Csaba always responds that they’re all the best because if they weren’t then Bodri’s wouldn’t sell them.
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