I'm not sure why I haven't posted a recipe for Banh Pa Te So (Vietnamese Pate Chaud (French Hot Pastry Pie)) before. Perhaps I was overthinking it and wanted to wait until I tried my hand at making puff pastry. Or maybe I veered the other direction and thought it was so basic that it didn't need a recipe. I admit, I don't often make a filling specifically for banh pa te so. Rather, if I'm making Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Rolls), I use the leftover filling to stuff them or any other leftover filling or meat.
My mom buys frozen puff pastry in bulk and cuts them into squares and brings them down to me. So I almost always have some on hand. They make a great light breakfast or quick snack. But, since one of my readers requested, and in case you wanted to specifically make banh pa te so, here's my recipe.
By the way, I always knew that banh pa te so is the Vietnamese phonetic equivalent of pate chaud (French hot pastry pie), but according to Wikipedia, apparently it's an outdated 19th century term. Blame it on colonialism. Learn something new every day!
With my love for pot pies, well, really, any savory filling in pastry, it's a wonder I haven't posted about this before.
Banh Pa Te So (Vietnamese Pate Chaud (French Hot Pastry Pie))
For 2 dozen puff pastry, you'll need:
Puff Pastry sheets, defrosted
6 shiitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced
1 small onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground pork
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
2 eggs, 1 for the filling and 1 to brush on top of the puff pastry
2 tsp Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
Make sure your puff pastry sheets are defrosted and ready to fold. Cut them to desired size. Set aside.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Soak about 6 shiitake mushrooms in hot water to soften.
Grate one small onion.
Mince 3 cloves garlic.
Remove the stems and thinly slice the shiitake mushrooms.
In a bowl, add 1 pound ground pork, grated onion, minced garlic, sliced mushrooms, 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, 1 egg, 2 tsp fish sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp ground black pepper.
Mix thoroughly. You can take a small amount and cook it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and test for flavor. Adjust seasonings accordingly.
Place a spoonful of the filling in the middle of the puff pastry sheets.
Fold over and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork.
I like to make triangles, but the niece likes to make rectangles. Last month, I let her make banh pa te so with leftover wonton filling. I love how she's so focused on her task.
Beat the remaining egg and brush on top of each puff pastry.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 to 35 minutes or until puff pastry is golden.
They're hot! Try not to burn yourselves if you can't resist biting into them straight away.
Here's a close-up with the filling so you can see.
Store the filling in a tight container and it should keep for several days. Since the puff pastry is already cut up for me, I usually only make however many I plan to serve at once.
Other meat pastry recipes:
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Ca Ri Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Curry) Pot Pie
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