We teamed up with Timeout Beijing to run a competition for their readers inviting them to submit their ideas for a pie. The winner receiving:

– a year’s worth of pies

– their idea coming to life as the May special!

If you want to find out the winner scroll to the bottom of the blog or watch the results being read.

We received around 50 entries from the Timeout faithful with many great entries. They were culled to a shortlist of 4 but we still couldn’t decide the winner so the only way to resolve this was to bring all of the contenders to life and taste them!

A panel of Beijing personalities were chosen to come in, try the contenders and then vote for the winner via secret ballot ala Survivor style.

The Pie Jury

The Pie Jury

The contenders:
1. Shangpai. Inspired by the Beggar’s chicken with various Chinese spices
2. Pierate of the Caribbean. Chicken, sweet potato, coconut milk, lime, mushroom stock
3. Two guys and a Thai. Green curry paste, chicken, zucchini and coconut milk
4. Pie Italiana. Spinach, ricotta and béchamel sauce

 

The voting process:

Judges sampled all of the contenders first. Matt being a Survivor nerd then had each of the judges cast their votes in secret and provide a confessional about which pie they were voting for and were forbidden from influencing their fellow judges with instructions including:

“YOU as a pie jury member will help decide the winner by writing down the winning pie in your eyes on the paper provided. Do not mention to the other jury members who you will be voting for as all votes will be read out. You are an individual with your own thoughts!”

The Pie Jury Deliberates

The Pie Jury Deliberates


The winner is announced and who the judges vote for:

So which pie outwitted, outpied and outlasted the rest? Watch the votes read out one by one via video. Each juror’s votes are below or scroll to the bottom to find out the winner!

1. Kristen “the socialite” aka Lumdimsum did a recap on the event. Who did she vote for?

2. Polly “the ex” pie queen and writer for Timeout. Who did she vote for?

3. Jared “the DJ” casts his vote

4. Sean “the writer” casts his vote

5. Josh “the devil” representing the rugby players casts his vote

6. May “the Aussie” casts her vote

7. Sue “the chef” from The Hutong casts her vote

8. Nina “the body” painter votes


Interestingly, all contenders received a vote  but ultimately the winner crowned was “Two Guys and a Thai.”

It’s available as we speak so make your way over to the Two Guys and a Pie HQ and we hope you enjoy tasting it! Shoutout to all who entered and better luck next time if you didn’t win!

 

Read blogs from some of our pie jury members!

1) Timeout article announcing the winner

2) LumDimSum blog on the showdown


Heyyyyyyyy hungry faces!

Nom’ nom’ pie guys style!

The pie of the month this February is our “PSY” pie; Gangnam in its stylin, this spicy beauty is filled with moist chicken that has been marinated in Gochujang (that is the red Korean chili paste), along with some spinach, sesame oil and special herbs.
Get your mouth around it!

 

PSY pie time

PSY pie time


Fellow pie eaters, we have our January pie!  Get ready for the BBC (beef, bacon and cheese) – To borrow a quote from everyone’s favorite teen movie (or Matt’s at least), we use our classic Slow Lovin Aussie and have taken it to “the next step.”

We have added chunks of bacon to the filling and then a smattering of mozzarella cheese on top.  The resulting pie is chewy, gooey and delish.

In December, you showed your love for the ‘Sup Lamb’.  So much so, that we have had to keep making it.  You can still find it in our store until the end of January!

The BBC - Going to "the next level"

The BBC - "Here's to the next step"

 


The December pie is the “Sup Lamb.”  Inspired by one of our fans who wanted a lamb pie akin to the Xinjiang chuan that you can find throughout Beijing.  Your ‘Ge Men Er’ thought about this and while we cannot reproduce the black charcoal smokiness, what we can and have done is bring you the taste of Sunday roast in a pie.

You haven’t been to Beijing till you’ve had yang rou chuan

We start by carving up a shoulder of lamb.  Dousing it in flour, salt and pepper we then simmer cubes of lamb with some homely vegetables along with herbs and spices.  After hours of stewing in a tomato-laced broth it’s good to go!

Inspired by 羊肉串 (Yang Rou Chuan)

Inspired by 羊肉串 (Yang Rou Chuan)

 



The Barney Pie

The Barney Pie

Each month we will offer a special pie, curated by one of you pie munchers!

The November pie of the month is “The Barney” and is in fact our first ever pie of the month.

A little quiche like, this is apparently how Kiwis like their pies.  Blankets of bacon intertwined with egg and topped with cheese, pepper and slices of fresh tomatoes.  A great little snack and perfect for brunch or dinner!

In order to be in the running for a future pie of the month, simply take a photo of yourself  getting stuck into one of our pies and post it to our Facebook page or Weibo (哥们儿派) along with your pie idea! With Thanksgiving just around the corner we’d love to hear your ideas for the December pie!