Vietnamese puff pastry pies

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This week’s theme is “savory breakfast”, and I couldn’t help but think of my favorite childhood (okay, and adulthood) Vietnamese pastry.

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This cute little puff pastry pie is called bánh patê sô. Buttery, flaky puff pastry filled with a savory meat mixture (generally pork). Almost every time I visit family back home, we stop by Eden Center in Falls Church so that I can grab some for the trip back to Charlottesville.

Craving a savory breakfast? Try this Vietnamese puff pastry pie | Hello to Fit @hellotofit

There are times when my stomach grumbles for a sweet-tasting breakfast: French toast, crepes with Nutella, or a batch of blueberry banana pancakes. Other times? Scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, or this Vietnamese puff pastry pie. Easy to make and quick to re-heat, these are a nice breakfast (or snack) option that remind me of home.


Yes, I realize that I’m about to share the recipe (which, by the way, is adapted from my wonderful Auntie P) for a not-so-healthy food item. Puff pastry is generally made with white flour and lots (I repeat: LOTS) of butter. I used chicken instead of pork, which increases the health value by a bit. However, the puff pastry is my favorite part; I want to spread the goodness to your kitchen while maintaining as much authenticity as possible. Either way, it’s about balance, right? For me, I can accept the fact that I love butter, dough, and sweets (or savory puff pastry pies) and not go overboard 24/7.

Craving a savory breakfast? Try this Vietnamese puff pastry pie | Hello to Fit @hellotofit

Craving a savory breakfast? Try this Vietnamese puff pastry pie | Hello to Fit @hellotofit

Vietnamese puff pastry pies

Serves 9     adjust servings


  • 3/4 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
  • Soy sauce, to taste (I used about 1-2 teaspoons)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 package puff pastry sheets (contains 3 sheets)
  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • Up to 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2 tabelspoons Liverwurst or pate


  1. Mix chicken, onion, soy sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, and pate in a medium bowl. Taste-test by placing a small bit of the meat mixture on a plate and cooking in microwave. Adjust according to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, defrost puff pastry according to directions on package and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. To assemble pies: using a knife, cut each puff pastry sheet in half. Set aside three. Line three 1-tablespoon portions of meat mixture onto each of the remaining three puff pastry sheets.
  4. Place one puff pastry sheet over-top of the ones topped with meat. Using a knife, separate sheets into nine pies. Crimp edges with the edge of a fork, and top each pie with egg wash.
  5. With a toothpick, poke a tiny slit at the top to allow steam to release while baking.
  6. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until pies are golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.
  7. Pies can be stored in an airtight container and reheated in a toaster oven/oven.




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Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe

    September 11, 2015 at 6:44 am

    OH YUM. Puff pastry is my favorite, and I love the Vietnamese flavors. And these are so easy! Love it!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      So buttery…so doughy..YUM.

  • Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner

    September 11, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Those look so tasty! I have a date night tonight with my hubby! Oh and today I donate my hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths 🙂
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Hope you had a wonderful date night! And, love your new hair 🙂

  • Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen

    September 11, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Oh these look delightful! I can’t lie, I like butter too. And pastries… and cookies… lol. But I totally agree its about balance and a little butter never hurt 😉 Pinning for later when I want to test my pastry making skills 🙂
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Hehehe I bet we’d have the most delicious pastry date!

  • lindsay

    September 11, 2015 at 7:55 am

    we are so on the same page here. childhood favorites! and i want yours stat! teach me your ways! YUM!

  • Heather@hungryforbalance

    September 11, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I have never tried to make a puff pastry before, but these give me a good reason to give it a try. They look delicious and the pictures are beautiful!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks, Heather! I bought the puff pastries in the frozen section, but they’re simple to assemble otherwise!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    September 11, 2015 at 9:28 am

    You can’t go wrong with Puff Pastry!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Never! It’s too good.

  • Annmarie

    September 11, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Those look amazing! I am seriously so hungry right now! My grandma used to make meat pies like that with lamb, brings me back to my childhood too!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Mmm any meat pie is delish! It’s cool how each country has their own version of a “pie”.

  • Mike@TheIronYou

    September 11, 2015 at 10:36 am

    OK, now I want – more like need – one of the these bad boys. They look incredible. Job well done Jess!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks, Mike! I have leftover filling, which means I will most likely be making these again 😉

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    September 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    YUM with a capital Y, U & M!!! Looks so good!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Fo sho. 🙂

  • rebecca

    September 11, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    YUM! I love Vietnamese flavors, can’t wait to try this recipe
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Would love to hear what you think if you end up trying it out! Happy weekend 🙂

  • Charlotte

    September 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    This looks delicious. I’m a huge lover of puff pastry. If eating a treat, may as well go all in! Why skimp on the butter? I agree about moderation.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      EXACTLY! Love me some butter 😉

  • Farrah

    September 12, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Yayy! We’re so happy to have you joining us! <3! I've never seen these before, but they look amazing! <3 They kinda remind me of these Chinese chicken pastry-lookin' things that you can get in Asian bakeries. I need to try making this once I have a kitchen in my life again! :O
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Haha I think Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine blend together a little – I think lots of Viet dishes have Chinese influences!

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club

    September 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Puff pastry is like heaven isn’t it? I love how it flakes. This recipe remotely reminds me of empanadas or beef patties but with chicken. I think I might be trying this. 🙂
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Heaven. On. Earth. 🙂 Hope you enjoy if you get the chance to try!

  • Lou

    September 12, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Omg. I want this right now. It looks so easy, but naah I am not good with everything in the kitchen lol. But this looks like something I can eat everyday!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Haha it’s SUPER easy! The puff pastry just pulls ya in….it’s addicting!

  • Esther

    September 13, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    We are thrilled you are here!!!
    (Please excuse the delay in commenting…Was away this weekend and did not have the patience to comment on blogs from my phone)
    Those look super fantastic! I have to admit that I have never actually used pastry puffs! I need to get on that ASAP!
    And yes to moderation! My FF recipe was a bit on the splurge side, but ya got to do it once in a while 🙂

    I recently took my husband to the town I spent most of my growing up years in and I took him to my 2 favorite spots in town. A breakfast place and a creamery! Both were delightful and he loved them as much as I do!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Esther! Haha commenting on blogs takes SO MUCH TIME. I’ve been there 🙂

  • Pragati // Simple Medicine

    September 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I bet this would be super yummy with a veggie or tofu filling. Puff pastry anything is my favorite! I have noticed in a lot of different cultures, savory is the norm for breakfast. I love it! It’s better than kickstarting the day with loads of sugar.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 20, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Mmmm I bet you’re right!! Perhaps that will be a next venture…

  • Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    September 14, 2015 at 11:55 am

    You had me at puff pastry 🙂
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    1. hellotofit

      September 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Hehe it’s so good 🙂

  • Meghan

    September 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Just catching up to this, and it looks AHHHmazing! I can tell that I would absolutely love to make and eat these. Where do you stop in Eden Center to pick some up? I was just there this weekend and got some banh mi but haven’t seen these before. Thanks for the recipe, and hope you had a great weekend!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 20, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Hi, Meg!!
      I need to ask my Dad which place we go to…I’ll try and remember to tell you!

  • Ivanna

    September 14, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    These look AMAZING Jess! I have to try this recipe.
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    1. hellotofit

      September 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks, Ivanna!

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld

    September 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Not even kidding you, my saturday tradition with my Viet buddies would be these amazing (and cheap) roast pork rolls and then these puff pastries after- Sometimes we’d get the egg custard ones. Seriously, google Victoria Street + Viet food Melbourne lol!
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    1. hellotofit

      September 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Whaaaaat so cool!! I didn’t know Viet food was that popular in Australia!! So awesome 🙂

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