Pie Tee Shells

by Angie Liew
Pie Tee Shells

 

Pie Tee, otherwise known as Top Hats is a familiar snack made with crispy thin fried shells filled with Stir-Fry Savory Turnip or the all-vegetable version, Stir-Fried Yam Bean. Effortless to eat but not so easy to make are these shells. These pastry shells are made using a special mold called a pie tee. Frying these shells is really time consuming so it requires ample of patience and time to do this. But the effort is DEFINITELY worth it as these are such good eats. These pastry shells can be made ahead of time and kept in air-tight containers until needed. Hence they are great for a brunch or tea party. Just sit back and relax, watching your guests enjoying themselves filling their own top hats shells and eating them right away. Certainly a crowd-pleaser!

 

Pie Tee Shells

 

Pie Tee Shells

Pie Tee Shells

 

Pie Tee Shells

 

Pie Tee Shells

Pie Tee (Top Hats)

 

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Pie Tee Shells
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
Pie Tee, otherwise known as Top Hats is a familiar snack made with crispy thin fried shells filled with stir-fry savory turnip. Effortless to eat but not so easy to make are the pie tee shells. These pastry shells are made using a special mold called a pie tee. Frying these shells is really time consuming so it requires ample of patience and time to do this. But the effort is DEFINITELY worth it as these are such good eats. These pastry shells can be made ahead of time and kept in air-tight containers until needed. Hence they are great for a brunch or tea party. Just sit back and relax, watching your guests enjoying themselves filling their own pie tee shells and eating them right away. Certainly a crowd-pleaser!
Serving For
80shells
Prep Time
1hour
Cook Time
3hours
Serving For
80shells
Prep Time
1hour
Cook Time
3hours
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Prepare all the ingredients needed to make the pie tee shells.
    Prepare all the ingredients needed to make the pie tee shells.
    Prepare all the ingredients needed to make the pie tee shells.
    Prepare all the ingredients needed to make the pie tee shells.
  2. Line a plate with paper towels.
    Line a plate with paper towels.
    Line a plate with paper towels.
    Line a plate with paper towels.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add in the sifted all-purpose flour and rice flour.
    In a mixing bowl, add in the sifted all-purpose flour and rice flour.
    In a mixing bowl, add in the sifted all-purpose flour and rice flour.
    In a mixing bowl, add in the sifted all-purpose flour and rice flour.
  4. Then add in the salt.
    Then add in the salt.
    Then add in the salt.
    Then add in the salt.
  5. Followed by the eggs.
    Followed by the eggs.
    Followed by the eggs.
    Followed by the eggs.
  6. Add water gradually.
    Add water gradually.
    Add water gradually.
    Add water gradually.
  7. Combined everything together and mix until smooth.
    Combined everything together and mix until smooth.
    Combined everything together and mix until smooth.
    Combined everything together and mix until smooth.
  8. Strain the batter.
    Strain the batter.
    Strain the batter.
    Strain the batter.
  9. Transfer it into a big bowl and set aside.
    Transfer it into a big bowl and set aside.
    Transfer it into a big bowl and set aside.
    Transfer it into a big bowl and set aside.
  10. Heat up enough oil in wok or pan deep enough to cover the pie tee mold.
    Heat up enough oil in wok or pan deep enough to cover the pie tee mold.
    Heat up enough oil in wok or pan deep enough to cover the pie tee mold.
    Heat up enough oil in wok or pan deep enough to cover the pie tee mold.
  11. Then using medium heat, dip the mold into the heated oil until it's just hot ( but not too hot ).
    Then using medium heat, dip the mold into the heated oil until it's just hot ( but not too hot ).
    Then using medium heat, dip the mold into the heated oil until it's just hot ( but not too hot ).
    Then using medium heat, dip the mold into the heated oil until it's just hot ( but not too hot ).
  12. Shake off excess oil and dip the mold into the batter until it's coated up to about 95% level (almost to the edge) making sure it's well coated on the sides and bottom.
    Shake off excess oil and dip the mold into the batter until it's coated up to about 95% level (almost to the edge) making sure it's well coated on the sides and bottom.
    Shake off excess oil and dip the mold into the batter until it's coated up to about 95% level (almost to the edge) making sure it's well coated on the sides and bottom.
    Shake off excess oil and dip the mold into the batter until it's coated up to about 95% level (almost to the edge) making sure it's well coated on the sides and bottom.
  13. Lift the pie tee mold up and let the excess batter drip off before dipping it into the hot oil.
    Lift the pie tee mold up and let the excess batter drip off before dipping it into the hot oil.
    Lift the pie tee mold up and let the excess batter drip off before dipping it into the hot oil.
    Lift the pie tee mold up and let the excess batter drip off before dipping it into the hot oil.
  14. To separate the batter from the mold, jiggle the mold lightly and use a wooden chopstick to separate shell from the mold.
    To separate the batter from the mold, jiggle the mold lightly and use a wooden chopstick to separate shell from the mold.
    To separate the batter from the mold, jiggle the mold lightly and use a wooden chopstick to separate shell from the mold.
    To separate the batter from the mold, jiggle the mold lightly and use a wooden chopstick to separate shell from the mold.
  15. Once it's off the mold, deep fry in the oil until it turns light golden brown in colour.
    Once it's off the mold, deep fry in the oil until it turns light golden brown in colour.
    Once it's off the mold, deep fry in the oil until it turns light golden brown in colour.
    Once it's off the mold, deep fry in the oil until it turns light golden brown in colour.
  16. Transfer it onto the plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil from the pie tee shells.
    Transfer it onto the plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil from the pie tee shells.
    Transfer it onto the plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil from the pie tee shells.
    Transfer it onto the plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil from the pie tee shells.
  17. Repeat the same with the rest of the batter. Then quickly store in an airtight container until needed. And we're done!
    Repeat the same with the rest of the batter. Then quickly store in an airtight container until needed. And we're done!
    Repeat the same with the rest of the batter. Then quickly store in an airtight container until needed. And we're done!
    Repeat the same with the rest of the batter. Then quickly store in an airtight container until needed. And we're done!
  18. To serve, fill the pie tee shells with savory turnip filling and then top with cooked prawn, shallot crisps, coriander leaves and chilli sauce.
    To serve, fill the pie tee shells with savory turnip filling and then top with cooked prawn, shallot crisps, coriander leaves and chilli sauce.
    To serve, fill the pie tee shells with savory turnip filling and then top with cooked prawn, shallot crisps, coriander leaves and chilli sauce.
    To serve, fill the pie tee shells with savory turnip filling and then top with cooked prawn, shallot crisps, coriander leaves and chilli sauce.
  19. For the savory turnip filling, visit this link: Stir Fry Savory Turnip Fillings
    For the savory turnip filling, visit this link: <a href="https://www.huangkitchen.com/stir-fry-savory-turnip-fillings/">Stir Fry Savory Turnip Fillings</a>
    For the savory turnip filling, visit this link: Stir Fry Savory Turnip Fillings
    For the savory turnip filling, visit this link: <a href="https://www.huangkitchen.com/stir-fry-savory-turnip-fillings/">Stir Fry Savory Turnip Fillings</a>
Notes

The pie tee mould should not be too hot and it should not sizzle when dipped in the batter.

For first timer, you may want to start off using only half the portion of ingredients first as you may need a few trials before you get it right.

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