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Shepherd’s Pie (A touch of Oriental Taste)

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Sheperd's pie

This classic Shepherd’s pie is well-known to many people living in western countries. Yet I didn’t know or even ever had a chance to see or taste this delicious pie before moving to Australia. In Hong Kong, we have all pies that are made of pastry, either crust or puff one. I love making this Shepherd’s pie. Not only does it taste heavenly, but also easy to make due to no pastry needed at all. My daughter loves this pie very much and requested me to make for her again and again. You’ll notice my Shepherd’s pie is a bit different from those of original ones because I adapted Chinese marinade in seasoning beef, adding a touch of oriental taste.

  • 400 gm minced beef
  • 2 to 3 potatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 85 gm green peas
  • 90 gm corn kernels (fresh or canned)
  • a knob butter (to preference)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp water
  • black pepper, to taste
Sheperd's pie procedure

  1. Mix beef with marinade and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 200C (392F).
  2. Peel potatoes and cut into dices. Cook in salted boiling water for 20 minutes, or until soft. Drain well, covered (Let potato absorb more moist. Mash later.)
  3. Blanch green peas and corn kernels. Drain well and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Sauté onion for 2 minutes. Add garlic and stir fry until aromatic. Then add beef and quickly stir fry until colour changed. When cooking beef, use a fork to separate meat and not let them stick together. Add green peas and corn kernels and combine well.
  5. Use an ovenproof baking bowl. Heat and melt a knob of butter over medium heat. Transfer beef and mixed vegetables into baking bowl.
  6. Making mashed potato: Use a potato masher to mash until smooth. Add milk and butter. Use a spoon to stir until combined thoroughly. Taste and season with salt and pepper (Refer to detailed steps and photos of making mashed potato here).
  7. Spoon mashed potato on top of beef and vegetables and level evenly. Use a fork to draw patterns if you like. Scatter some more butter cubes on the surface of mashed potato. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until mashed potato is golden brown. Serve hot!
Sheperd's pie02

  1. As all the ingredients are cooked through before baking, it won’t take too long to get it done. The pie would be too dry otherwise. To shorten cooking time, you can grill this pie until potato turns golden brown.
  2. Remember to open the oven door a few inches when grilling. Don’t leave it unattended.


  1. I definitely love the oriental taste. Something different and still very delicious.

  2. i love the idea of the chinese touch! well done

  3. I like marinating meat with soy sauce, makes everything so tasty.

  4. Great variation on Shepherd's Pie! I have great memories of this classic dish. My grandmother made a wonderful version using ground lamb.

  5. I like this version! The pie looks great

  6. ohhh I love that you took a classic recipe and gave it your own flare to it. this looks great!

  7. I am trying this. Soya sauce in pie! Gosh.... that sounds weird but I think it will work. Maybe I can add oyster sauce?

  8. To jeroxie,
    It's soya sauce in pie stuffing, the beef marinade only. Why not oyster sauce?

  9. I love your twist on Sheperd's pie with the Chinese-style marinade, delicious!

  10. I love the east-meets-west version of shepherd's pie. Must try it out for my son soon. ;)

  11. I love Shepherd's pie, and I cannot wait to try this recipe, I am sure your added secret trick, took it to the next level. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh my, looks absolutely divine! Can't wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

  13. Pretty dish and nice picture too!

  14. This looks very delicious. It's a long time since I last made. It's such an easy dish to feed picky kids. I used to hide in a lot of finely cut vegetables. Thanks for sharing

  15. I'm going to make this soon, have done it before, using Oriental marinade too.

  16. Hi Christine, just chanced upon ur food blog. Guess what? I use Chinese seasoning style (oyster sauce) for my shepherds pie seasoning too :-) oh and one time, I decided to add chopped bacon that were fried till crispy to the minced really added a kick! Try it :-) Michelle

  17. Hi Christine how much milk should I add to the mashed potatoes?

    1. Just add some milk bit by bit as you go until you get the desired consistency.