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Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee Recipe (Top Hats)


Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee Recipe (Top Hats)

Step 1: Top Hats Cases

1 metal mold
100g plain flour
1 tbsp rice flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
180ml water
A pinch of salt
Oil for deep frying

Step 2: Filling

1 jicama, julienned
1 carrot, julienned
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
2 shallots (chopped)
6-8 shelled and deveined shrimp (chopped into small pieces)
Salt to taste
White pepper powder to taste
A dash of oyster sauce


Pour all ingredients in step 1 into a bowl and beat with an electronic mixer. If you do not have an electronic mixer, whisk the batter until smooth. Heat oil in a wok with the mold in the oil. Do not overheat the mold. Dip the mold into the batter so it’s evenly coated and then deep fry the batter. To remove the case from the mold while frying, jiggle the mold up and down. Once the case turns light brown, remove it from the wok and set aside.

To cook the filling, add some oil into a wok. Stir fry the chopped garlic and shallots until light brown. Add in shrimp, jicama, and carrot and season with salt, pepper, oyster sauce. Cook for 5 minutes.

To serve, fill the cases with the filling, garnish with spring onion, and serve with chili sauce.

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37 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Rasa Malaysia

    Yep, they are small so it’s just a mouthful, but very delicious.

    Chris – are you in Malaysia? They are not easy to find, but I know there is a hawker stall who sells them in Gurney Drive hawker center, Penang.

  2. Anonymous

    First time I m looking at this (work of art ), almost like an exotic highlands flower !

    sure must be as nice as it looks.

  3. Chris

    Bee – Yes, I’m in M’sia.. I’m not too sure, I only went there once, anyways, I will definitely go find out..will keep you updated..thanks

  4. rokh

    yummy yum yum! my favourite nonya snacks. i have it every cny at my friend’s house. i tried making it once too with a bunch of friends and we had so much fun. thanks for the recipe!

  5. Chubbypanda

    Sweet. I’ve been wondering about these ever since Ben from Chowtimes posted pics from his last trip to Malaysia. Good show!

    – Chubbypanda

  6. timzter

    Please let me know where you (Rasa Malaysia) bought your Kueh Pie Tee mould. You mentioned that in one of your blog comments. I would like to buy one but none of my friends has a clue where the mould is sold. Also, if you know where the mould is sold in Singapore, please provide that info as well. I will check back again later to see your post. Thanks.

  7. Emily

    I did make some top hats according to the recipe and i wanted to keep it for CNY. It turned out quite good. Unfortunately, it became soft very fast altho I kept it in an air-tight container. Would you know the reason why?

  8. Liz

    I’d love to know where I could buy a mould for pie tee too! Does anyone know of anywhere in the UK that sells them? If there’s nowhere (which I heartily suspect), the names shops in KL or Penang would be really welcome too!

  9. barailong

    Hello.. I really want to make this Top hats but where can I buy this and I know we don’t have it here in Virginia, please canyou help me to order it and I will give you the pay by paypal include the handling and shipping too.Thanks

  10. Cecilia

    Anxiously bought a pie tee mould. First time trying. Turn out at first a little too thick.
    Add a little water and turn out nice, crispy cups. Thanks.

    • Desmond


      Exactly where to buy the pie tee cases at SS2 market PJ – which store/shop? RM15 for a box of how many cups?


  11. my mother and grandmother makes them from scratch as well, using the long chopsticks to toss them around in the hot oil. we also put lap cheong (chinese perserved sausages) into the mix.

    What does “pie tee” actually mean? I haven’t been able to find them in Hong Kong and am contemplating making them from scratch at home… daunting but thanks for the advice here!!!

    • Ash


      I just bought one at a hardware shop. errr sort of. well if you’re in melaka (like me), you could find it easily at shops that sell metal cookware like the mould for kuih rose or kueh belandah in Kampung Jawa (near Jonker St.). It’s more like old school shops that sells cooking wares that our grandmothers would buy.

  12. Jay

    I am new to your site and love what I see! This recipe looks so interesting! I do have some questions.

    1. What is the size of the mold you use? Do you have any suggestions where I can get one?
    2. Can the shells (hats) be prepared in advanced? If so, how far in advance? Do they require being in an air tight container to keep them crispy?
    3. Because of allergy issues can either ground chicken or pork be subistuted for the shrimp?

    Thanks sooooo much!

  13. zura

    I bought the mold for 6 years already but never try to make it. Love to eat it but lazy to make it. Here in Penang easy to find the mold.

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