Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee Recipe (Top Hats)
October 29th, 2006 34 Comments

Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee Recipe (Top Hats)

Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee
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Great things do come in small packages–such is true when it comes to Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee. Alluringly gorgeous in presentation and rank high in the taste and flavor department, Nyonya Kuih Pai Tee are virtuous snacks that showcase clean flavors and brilliant combination of fresh ingredients–it’s undeniably one of the most inventive and vividly luscious Nyonya creations.

Making Kuih Pie Tee is no small feat as it requires ample amount of patience and time. With its aesthetic so crisp, delicate, beautiful, the results are well worth the effort. The two-step process starts with the making of the cases or “top hats” with a metal mold, follow by the cooking of julienned jicama, carrot, and chopped shrimp. These ingredients are then assembled to form these eye candy treats.

Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee make a killer hor’deurves in any parties, be it a Malaysian party or an all-American schmooze fest. Everyone will marvel at the wow factor of these munchies.

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  1. Ai-Leen says:

    They look very delicious. I can eat many of them.

  2. speedM says:

    beautiful photos.. now i’m curious how they taste.

  3. Chris says:

    I agree with you guys, they look delicious…I never tasted one before

  4. wmw says:

    Love top hats….one is usually eaten in two bites for me. Lovely pics too! Thanks for the SFO crab tip.

  5. Rasa Malaysia says:

    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.

  6. Anonymous says:

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

    sure must be as nice as it looks.

  7. Chris says:

    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

  8. rokh says:

    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!

  9. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Tonixe -

    Yes, they are as yummy as they look. Your next food escapade is north to Penang, no more Sitiawan.

  10. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Chris – yes, you can go up to Penang with Tonixe, and while you guys are at it, read my hawker food guide:

  11. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Rokh – well, they are certainly not easy to make…the cases take forever!

  12. Chubbypanda says:

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

    - Chubbypanda

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m worried I’ll overshoot 2 far North to Hadyai lah !LLOOLL !!!

  14. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Tonixe – just don’t bring your passport and you will be fine. ;)

  15. timzter says:

    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.

  16. Emily says:

    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?

  17. Liz says:

    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!

  18. Anonymous says:

    hi. i’m new at this. do you happen to have a pic of the metal mold coz i reallly could use some visual help here.thanks :)

  19. barailong says:

    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

  20. syrie says:

    Bee, you’ve outdone yourself. They look gorgeous!

  21. Ivyana says:

    i want to know how much u sell the pai tee mould… TQ!

  22. tih says:

    nice, hat top crispy I love.I wil make it.

  23. Cecilia says:

    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.

  24. STian says:

    You can get the pie tee cases at SS2 market PJ. Cost rm15 approx a box

    • Desmond says:


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


  25. STEVE says:


  26. Lisa.L says:

    I am living in Cambridge, UK. I got my mould from a online shop(bakingfrenzy).

  27. Mike says:

    There is one stall in Kuching selling Nyonya Pie Tee at 101 area at night and they tasted good and original.

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  29. bilbaobab says:

    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!!!

  30. Desmond says:

    Hello friends,
    Where can I buy the pei tee cases?

    • Ash says:


      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.

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