Steak pie, steak and mushroom pie, chicken pie, steak and kidney pie, shepherd’s pie – you name it, I’ve probably eaten it. Pies were relatively cheap in the UK so I ate them on a regular basis. When I came back to Malaysia, the pies were nowhere as good and prices were ridiculous. I once paid RM20 for a poorly made pie at a café in Bangsar.
Since that experience, I avoided pies in Malaysia unless they were homemade. Tim from Mr Pieman extended an invite to sample their pies sometime in October last year but pushed it to early January as my schedule was quite hectic. Located behind Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, Mr Pie Man is a small office cum factory with a pie display at the front.
I don’t know about you, but all pies look the same from the outside, in my opinion. But the team at Mr Pieman has a pretty cute way of identifying their pies – “B” for steak, “B” for steak and cheese, “C” for chicken, “C” for chicken and mushroom, so on and so forth. Only Australian or New Zealand topside is used as the meat is of better cut. According to Thomas (the man behind Mr Pieman), cheaper cuts result in a longer cooking process and the meat will have a lot of grizzle.
For RM8, the steak and mushroom pie was quite good. It was generously filled and the gravy oozed out as I took each bite. The beef cubes were meaty, tender and well-flavoured, so each mouthful was hearty. Another pie I sampled was the chicken and mushroom (RM6.50). Made from a combination of boneless chicken thigh and breast, the meat was firm yet moist. That said, I prefer the steak and mushroom pie as it was heartier.
I like how they use shortcrust pastry for the pies – puff pastry makes it too light and I don’t feel satisfied after having one. Mr Pieman is certified halal and they also do baked or fried currypuff for RM1.50 a pop. I wouldn’t say the pies are cheap, but it’s value for money considering the portion and quality of ingredients used.
They also sell frozen pies, curry puffs and apple pie (8-inch and mini). Prices start from RM2 for a mini pie. Do call them for further enquiries.
Mr Pieman (halal)
11-1 Jln SS5A/11
47301 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7874 2581