I only like the chicken pies here – none from the other bakeries here have any that I enjoy and will go back for more. We cannot get any of these here anymore and once in Kuching, there were those beef pies from Mrs. Macs and Four’n Twenty, way back in 2009, but I hear for reasons unknown, they do not stock up on those anymore these days even though they did have a faithful following.

Well, my girl stumbled upon these…

Hiestand pies
*photo from their website*

…at a supermarket in town and of course she wasted no time in grabbing a pack to try.

The flimsy plastic pack did not look very impressive and there was a plain white sticker on it declaring that they were Hiestand par-baked chicken mushroom pies. It had a Malaysian address and it did state in big case letters – PRODUCT OF MALAYSIA. I went and googled it up and it turned out, if I am not mistaken, to be an Australian company but it has a base in Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor to be exact.

My girl put them in the oven to bake till the raw pastry had turned nice and lightly golden…

Hiestand pies, baked

…and finally, the moment of truth!!!

Yes, they were very very very nice…

Hiestand pies, cross-section

…much nicer than the ones here that we all love a lot, more western, less Asian in taste and more generous with the filling. They’re not that expensive actually – RM13.80 for two so that works out to RM6.90 each.

The mum went back there again the other day but unfortunately, they were all sold out. She did manage to get a pack of the black pepper chicken and she loved it – of course, she would since they were spicy or to be exact, very peppery. Think Prosperity Burger…and you’ll get what I mean.

I do hope they will bring in some more in due course – I certainly will want to go back there and grab some more.

TA KIONG EMPORIUM (2.2933,111.82713,783) is located at No. 42-46, Jalan Tuanku Osman.