After almost getting carried away by wind and midges in Cooktown we continued our journey slowly south and made our way to very picturesque Daintree Village. Daintree Village is about 30/40mins drive from Port Douglas and is the last stop before crossing the ferry to Cape Tribulation.
Sadly there wasn’t a 🥧 in sight in the village, so we decided to take the drive down to Port Douglas and visit the famous Mocka’s Pies
The first thing I noticed when I got there was how busy this joint was, yes it was a Saturday but it was like Grand Central Station people everywhere.
Mocka’s legacy began in the 1950s when Belle Cheyne created and sold the famous pies out of the Central Hotel in Port Douglas – back then a quaint, little fishing village. Eventually, Belle’s son Maurice (aka Mocka) took over her recipe and started Mocka’s Pies across from the pub on Macrossan Street in 1969.
The history and the story behind this bakery is absolutely amazing and I was assured the recipe hasn’t altered over the 53 years and i couldn’t wait to get started.
With over 20 glorious flavors to choose from this was going to be a difficult decision. Every 🥧 in the warmer looked too good to refuse, however after trying my first 🐊🥧 in Bamaga a few weeks prior, I was eager to try another.
🥧THE REVIEW 🥧
1. Value for Money – $7.50 was very good value for a 🥧 of this quality. The ingredients were of the highest standard and fresh 🐊 meat isn’t cheap either. 9.5/10
2. Meat Ratio – One word “FULL” !!!! The best part it was this 🥧 was full with huge pieces of fresh 🐊 meat. 10/10
3. Meat Flavour – OUTSTANDING !!! The 🐊 meat was perfectly cooked and the laksa sauce was also perfect. Laksa paste generally contains dried chilies, shallots, turmeric, lemongrass, tamarind and galangal and all these ingredients you could taste with every bite. This 🥧 had exceptional flavor and I could have easily returned for seconds. Loved it !!! 10/10
4. Pastry – The color, shrinkage and stability were all a massive 👍’s up, as was the top bake. The bottom and side bake were a little thick and doughy. On the whole this pastry was pretty good. 8.5/10
5. Serving Temperature – This was a tad hot and I mean a tad. I had to wait a little bit between bites. 9/10
🥧🥧 47/50 🥧🥧
This 🥧 was absolute quality and made by a bakery that’s been making quality 🥧‘s for over 50 years. This 🥧 was full of 🐊 meat and it was beautifully cooked. Every bite was choc full of flavor and the laksa sauce was the perfect blend. The bakers did a sterling job on this 🥧 and it’s one I would have no hesitation trying again.
Mocka’s 🥧’s and Bakehouse is a institution and has outlasted most businesses in Port Douglas during the past 50 years and for good reason. The line was 6 or 7 deep most of the morning we were there and I’m sure that’s a common occurrence. The selection of 🥧’s in the warmer can be overwhelming particularly when your trying to make a decision on the spot. This is one place you don’t wanna miss while your in Port Douglas.
The Daintree Village was tranquil and a beautiful place to stay and explore. Nothing against Port Douglas but I’m so glad we choose to stay in the quiet village as opposed to the busy hustle and bustle of Port Douglas. A massive thanks to the caravan park staff for their incredible service and hospitality.