An iconic dish to Australians and New Zealanders, a ‘meat pie’ is meaty goodness enrobed in a palm-sized buttery pastry shell. It was a treat I indulged on a regular basis when I was growing up in Oz. And even now, there’s nothing quite like taking a crispy, yet moist bite out of a warm meat pie. Ultimate satisfaction any time of the year. My craving for that taste of home put Leo’s Tuck Shop onto my radar and boy, am I a happy girl.
Taiwanese born, Leo Chang, worked in a popular Auckland (New Zealand) pie shop for 3 years during his university days, where he learned the ins-and-outs of running the business. After returning to Taipei a few years ago with his family, he missed the good old days of grabbing a pie for just a few bucks, devouring it in seconds, and enjoying tummy bliss. For a while now, he has been holding on to his recipes and entertaining the idea of bringing NZ’s national snack to the city. He also wanted to show the Taiwanese what a real pie tastes like. Three months ago, he finally opened up Leo’s Tuck Shop and the Taipei pie scene has never been the same.
After extensive research on market competitors, and finding quality produce and the perfect pastry suppliers, Leo has been able to tweak his pies to be as authentic as possible and while keeping the Taiwanese palate in mind. There are currently 3 savoury flavours: Mince ‘n Cheese (NT99), Curry Pork (NT89) and Black Pepper Beef (NT99). All of which I, and many others, highly recommend.
Just like you would expect from a real tuck shop, the pie crust is buttery and flaky, melting in your mouth as you bite into the savory filling. All three flavors pack a pie full, there is no skimping here. The tender meat and moist filling is just flavourful enough to taste all of the fresh ingredients and painstaking work. And the portion is just right, although you will probably end up having one more…or three. It’s hard to pick a favorite, so you are better off just ordering all to try for yourself!
Recently, Leo catered for Taipei Trends’ first event, Beach Luau, and introduced some sweetness to the menu with his mouthwatering Peach n Custard dessert pies ($79)*. Believe me when I say that all 60 pies were gone in no time.
*If you guys request it enough, this awesome dessert pie may find its way onto the regular menu! *wink wink nudge nudge*
As business gains popularity, Leo will continue to add new flavours (think Bacon n Cheese!) so keep an eye out or give your suggestions via his Facebook Fan Page, Leo’s Tuck Shop. Plans of opening up a physical shop is also another thing to look forward to in the next few months. Furthermore, he is starting to roll out pies to some of Taipei’s best restaurants and drinking establishments, the first being Brass Monkey.
Made fresh daily from his home kitchen, the pies can be delivered either baked or unbaked. If supplied baked and kept in the fridge, it’s best to consume within 1-2 days. Unbaked is the ideal option, and with a buy 5 get 1 free deal I always have a stash in the freezer that will last up to 3 weeks. All you need is at least a toaster oven. Baking time varies depending on your appliance. In general, all you need to do is preheat the oven at 200 C, pop the pie in, and turn down the temperature to 180 C. Bake for 20 minutes and remember to keep a watchful eye because puff pastry tends to burn easily.
Can’t wait to bite into Leo’s pies? Ordering is easy!
1. By phone: 0987 108 801
2. By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. By private message via Facebook Fan Page.
1. CASH on delivery for districts of Taipei City.
2. All other areas of Taiwan by bank wire transfer including courier fee in advance.
2. Contact Phone Number & E-mail:
3. Shipping Address (3+2 Postcode):
4. Work or Home:
6. Convenient Delivery Time:
7. Unbaked (Uncooked) Pies or Baked Pies:
Please keep in mind that there is a minimum 7 days wait, so make sure you order well in advance.