Wondering what the cutest dish on the blog is right now? Well, it's these mini meat pies with soy sauce right here. A flakey puff pastry stuffed with delicious, juicy and flavourful meat inside. Thanks hubby, for another amazing dish.
The inspiration behind these mini meat pies comes from thousands of miles away in my hubby Danny's birthplace of Shanghai, China. Back in China, these meat pies are normally made using pork and are better known as "Shanghai style pork mooncakes". Here, Danny combines his love for western cuisine and Asian cuisine in one dish. The meat is marinated with Asian flavours, but baked in a Western-style puff pastry.
What is Mooncake?
Mooncake is traditionally made and served during the mid-autumn festival, which fell on September 13 this year. The mid-autumn festival is essentially a big family reunion, similar to Thanksgiving. Families get together to celebrate during the autumn full moon and enjoy mooncake together. But for those who cannot get together with their families, they can look up at the moon and feel comfort that their family far away is also looking up at the same moon. This is really what the mooncake symbolizes.
How to Fold Mini Meat Pies
It is actually quite easy to fold these mini meat pies. You add a scoop of filling at the centre of your dough and bring the edges up, enclosing the filling. Then, pleat the sides together into a little bag to seal the mixture inside. Flip the pastry over and press down gently to shape it into a disc.