Sometimes we go to a restaurant and realize there’s one dish there that deserves special mention. Or sometimes we find a street snack that ought to be ingested by everyone we know. For those times, we tell you to Grab a Bite!
What: Original Beef Pie
Price: Varied prices depending on supermarket but it’s around 30RMB
From where: Cityshop, Feidan stores, Carrefour and Slice-deli stock these pies. Perfect for a morning grab-and-go right before work. If you’re looking to buy in bulk, Shanghai Pie Company delivers to your home or your office through Elders Home Delivery. Their website will tell you everything you need to know.
Why you should grab a bite:
Seriously, these little Australian meat pies are addictive! The Original Beef Pie is “simmered until the beef falls apart in thick gravy”. This signature pie is done so well, it got me thinking about seconds after the first bite. The pie is full of the succulent beef, doused in gravy that is rich and thick and creamy. The meat is chunky and chewy – very important factors in a good meat pie – and the crust manages to be both crispy and soft. You’d be well advised to eat with a napkin, or else you’ll be covered in crust flakes.
The only complaint is that the crust to filling ratio is slightly uneven. The crust is too thin for so much meat and filling, but that’s hardly anything to put me off getting another one of these bad boys.
Sure, the numbers are a little off-setting (it’s a price tag of 35RMB for a measly portion). They’re about enough for more than a solid snack but I wouldn’t bank on one filling you up for lunch – though they will give you the caloric intake you need: around 480 calories for your five bites!
One tip: these pies taste best warm. So remember to heat them up in a microwave. They have instructions on the back of the packaging, if you need help. It really doesn’t taste the same when the smoke isn’t rising off the meat after you dig your incisors into that crust.
Shanghai Pie Company comes out with a variety of flavors: Original Beef Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Ratatouille and Cheese Pie, Minced Beef Pie, Curry Beef Pie and Pork and Sage Sausage Rollers.