February 18, 2011 by ThePieMan
What is it exactly, that defines the quintessential savoury pie?
I’ve been wrestling with this issue for quite some time. A while back I came across the following on another site, and I’d like to share it here:
Seven Things to Look for in a Great Pie
1. The meat must be lean & tender
2. The pastry must look and feel exactly right
( golden brown and crisp )
3. The gravy must be rich
4. The whole pie must look and smell fantastic
5. The pastry must be well cooked ( Bottom and Top )
6. The filling should not drip when eaten or be too firm
7. The pie must taste great of course
I love a good pie, and for me the most essential aspect is the pastry. If the pastry isn’t right, doesn’t matter how great the insides are. This is the driving philosophy behind the pies that I make in the Kitchens of Villa Tempest. Great pastry and wholesome, tasty, savoury fillings.
that’s all today from, The Pie Man at Villa Tempest.
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January 6, 2011 by ThePieMan
Hi, I’m ‘The Pie Man’ and I’ll be making savoury pies for Villa Tempest after Tet (Spring Festival).
You may have heard, that for much of the past year or so, I’ve been exploring the various options for hand held pies here in Hanoi, and have not found much and what little there is, leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t get me wrong, there are one or two gems to be found, but all in all it’s very disappointing, so much so, that I’ve spent the best part of last six months making pastry and trailing recipes in pursuit of the perfect Aussie-style, handheld, savoury meat pie. I have now reached the stage where I’m happy with the results and am happy to share the results with others, if interested.
A few people, who have tried my pies, have asked where can they get some? Well, why not start with checking out my menu on the Menu Page, and then drop me a line. I’d be more than happy to discuss any order options with you.
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