Scoping Out the Best Pies
Thursday, 26 Apr 2012
What’s not to love about pies? They look good, taste good, can be sweet, or hide a good (peppery) kick. They’re hearty, comforting, and make great one-dish meals for busy parents.
The only downside? They’re not the easiest to whip up.
So we’ve upped the ante by taking the flour out of your hands and giving you the island’s five best pie spots you need to hit up.
Trust us, putting this list together was a total cinch… if only we could do the same with our waistlines.
Read on for the deets!
Image: Windowsill Pies
Ladies, we’re pretty sure we’ve found the best dessert pies in town. Honestly, these pies are so good, we’d steal them hot off the windowsill.
The three chefs behind Windowsill Pies are wicked young (aged 20-27), but they have a wealth of experience under their belt – one’s a former pastry chef and the other two used to run a private dining outfit. We haven’t found a flavour we don’t love; in fact, we’ve been known to scoff slices down in record time.
Choose from the following flavours: Rose-Apple Pie; Banana Cognac Almond Brittle Pie; Morello Cherry Pie; Strawberry-Lemon Meringue Tart (our personal fave), Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whip; S’mores Pie, and Pecan Pie ($58-60/ pie). They also have savoury options available.
Windowsill Pies, 2 Pandan Valley #01-206, Singapore 597626, Mon 12-7pm, Wed-Fri 12-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm, p. 9004 7827. For delivery, call 9004 7827 or e. firstname.lastname@example.org, before 12pm two days in advance.
Image: The Gourmet Pie Company
The Gourmet Pie Company
Hands down, the most succulent pies in town. Jane Wilson is a regular sweetheart who definitely knows her way around a hearty pie.
Drawing on three generations of family recipes, The Gourmet Pie Company has a plethora of flavours, including Jane’s very own Chilli Crab Pie recipe. They only use Australian beef, New Zealand lamb, and fresh local ingredients (no frozen crab meat here), so you’ll be guaranteed gobsmacking comfort food for sure. We especially love their Vegetable Curry Pie (Veges will know it’s hard to find a good pie), Braised Pork Pie, and Beef Bourginon Pie ($2-9/ pie).
Image: Big Ben’s Pies
Big Ben’s Pies
First, the bad news: these fellas currently have no storefront, which leaves us only with its pricey delivery option (minimum order of $100 – that’s a lot of pies – with a $10 delivery fee. Delivery is free on orders $150 and above).
Now the good news: the store will be re-opening in foodie haven, Takashimaya Basement come mid-May 2012.
What really sets this place apart is the quality of their crust: the homey fillings are encased in sturdy, non-greasy, short-crust pastry. Our top picks include the chunky Chicken and Mushroom Pie and the Steak, Bacon, and Guinness Pie (because everything is better with bacon).
If you’ve had enough of puff pastry messing up your lipstick, definitely give Big Ben’s a go.
Image: The Shepherd’s Pie
The Shepherd’s Pie
We’re not sure if this technically counts as pie since the dish is sans crust and topped with mashed potato, but it makes the cut because we think it’s good party food… and the filling is pretty damn tasty.
A hit with both kids and adults, the humble shepherd’s pie gets us full and still asking for seconds. Order one for a quick weekday dinner for the fam or get several if you’re hosting a party. The Shepherd’s Pie is also halal-certified.
We like the Black Pepper Beef and the Lamb Special best ($25.90-27.90/ pie)
The Shepherd’s Pie, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-56, The Central, Singapore 059817; The Shepherd’s Pie, Blk 3015 Bedok North St 5, #06-05 (Take Passenger Lift Lobby B), Shimei East Kitchen, Singapore 486350, daily 11am-9pm, p. 6789 0707. For delivery, call 6789 0707 or order online.
Don Your Personal Pie Club
This pie shop confuses us slightly, mainly because they serve both pies and… crab noodles? Regardless, the store has much media attention to its name for both dishes.
The puff pastry is flaky and crispy (but not oily) but there are limited flavours available. The Chicken Pie is worth a go – we like the chunky filling – and those who adorn their food with pepper (guilty as charged) will enjoy the Black Pepper Chicken Pie. Its cult following also favours the generous serving of eggs you can find in the pie. Portions are very hearty, but we think that the recipe has been tailored to local tastebuds.
Don Your Personal Pie Club, 20 Cross Street, #01-34/35/36 China Square Central, Singapore 048422, daily 8am-9pm, p. 63274344 or 65360925