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May 23, 2011

Kuih Pie Tee - Crispy Little Filled Hats from Malaysia

A friend who came from Singapore gave me a metal mold for making these "top hats" as they are called.  With it was a recipe of  Kuih Pie Tee, served as  hor d'oervres, snack or for teatime. I was also told that this is a favorite Malaysian treat. I wanted to try them right away so I made these and saved some for you. They are crispy, delicious and spicy. A chili sauce can be served on the side if  the filling is made milder.
For the hats

3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon rice flour
1 egg well beaten 
1/2 cup water
a pinch of salt
oil for deep frying

Make a smooth batter with the ingredients. Strain to rid of lumps. The batter should be thick enough to coat the mold. Dip the mold just below the brim and put gently into the hot oil. The batter should start to crisp and loosen a bit. Giggle up and down gently and the hat will slip off the mold. Let cook until slightly golden.

Set them on a paper towel straightaway to absorb the extra oil.  

 The ingredients for the filling are chopped shrimps, green onions, shredded  jicama, shredded carrots and some minced chili. All these are then sauteed with minced garlic until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Fill the hats and serve.



  1. Delicious!!! This pie are so cute, the filled is amazing.

  2. Michelangelo que delicia y que cosa más bonita. Lástima no tener ese molde! Un saludo y feliz día!

  3. I want one of those metal moulds they are fantastic :-) Of course the filling is the all important part though and you have as always done a good job. Diane

  4. I love it!!....they are cute and a fantastic appetizer!!....I love the filling!!......Abrazotes, Marcela

  5. arthur, you have got them right! looks exactly like the pai tee we have here! well done!

  6. Beautiful mold, love that filling, awesome perfect.

  7. Bellissimo e simpatico quello passo per Singapore lo cerco di sicuro! Ed il ripieno è eccezionale!!!! Bravissimo

  8. Hmm they look delicious and very very cute, i love it.

  9. Oh yum. I remembered having these years ago when I was in Indonesia/Malaysia. So, so good. Man, I am craving for these now.
    Thanks for the Paris tips. Much appreciated! :)

  10. I want one of those!
    Do they have a specific name?
    My niece spends time in Singapore and maybe she would get me one!
    Those look so delish!
    Thanks again, Arthur, you are always a leader in the kitchen!

  11. Me encanta este molde, para una cocina de fiesta es ideal. Me ha encantado el resultado y con el relleno aún más

    Abrazos y buen día

  12. These look very appetizing indeed. I don't have a mould but I will certainly use the filling in wonton wrappers as an alternative.

  13. These are so fun! I have never seen these molds before...very cool :)

  14. I almost missed this post and it's fantastic!

  15. Bellissimi e sicuramente buonissimi! Complimenti!

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