English Fish Pie and a Winner!

Liverpool was fun but the grandeur of London beckons. It was heart warming to be met at the train station by DongXing and her two lovely children. After having some delicious freshly made ice cream at Tutti Frutti, we went by the Asian market and Sainsbury to pick up some groceries. I am a food blogger afterall, and cooking is what I do. I can’t wait to check out DongXing’s gorgeous new kitchen.

It is always fun to cook with friends. We spent an enjoyable afternoon in the kitchen cooking, catching up, and snacking over cups of tea. We cooked a variety of dishes from cookies and pie to kimchi and curry. It was all very delicious, made even more so with laughter and good company. My camera was clicking away too! 😉

At the end of the evening, I had a chance to get acquainted with Mina of Authentic Vegetarian Recipes. We had a nice, long chat, as if we had known each other in person for years. Unfortunately we were not able to meet as my stay was short and Mina lives a couple of hours drive from where I was. I also had the opportunity to talk with Adora of Adora’s Box. Again we could not meet as Adora was preparing to leave for vacation to Las Vegas. Phew…it’s a busy summer!

The next morning, we took the first train to London after the rush hour with the Off-Peak London Travelcard (valid after 9:30am) with unlimited train, underground, and bus travel in London zones 1 to 6. From the station we got onto a bus to the iconic Tower Bridge over the River Thames. This majestic bridge should not be mistaken for the London Bridge which is the next bridge upstream.

It was just a short walk from Tower Bridge to the Tower of London. The Tower of London is not to be missed as there is lots to see there. We spent more than two hours exploring and reading the history and story behind this awesome fortress. The highlight is of course the Crown Jewels, the priceless symbols of the British monarchy. The display includes crowns, sceptres, orbs, rings, swords, spurs, bracelets, and robes. The world’s most famous diamonds, Cullinan I, Koh-i-Noor, and First Star of Africa are also on display. No pictures of the Crown Jewels are allowed. Please use your imagination here. :)

At the entrance to The Tower, we were met by the first ever woman Yeoman Warder or Beefeater. She was selected over five men and started her public duties at the Tower of London in September 2007. I asked if she would pose for me and she happily obliged. Look at that gorgeous smile!

Our tummies were complaining by the time we finished our tour of The Tower. We decided to head to Chinatown at the edge of Leicester Square. On the way there, we stopped by Trafalgar Square which commemorates Lord Horatio Nelson’s victory against Napoleon’s navy at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The central monument in Trafalgar Square is the figure of Nelson gazing over London.

We had a late lunch in Chinatown. We were in the mood for noodles and so we ordered Cantonese style beef noodles, wonton noodles, and a plate of roasted duck and crackly pork. Dessert was coconut tapioca pearls, compliments of the house. I was famished and only remembered towards the end of the meal that I should have taken a picture. I was quite sure you will not want to see half empty bowls and so I proceeded to finish the remaining food. 😉

We hopped on a bus to Green Park. We wanted to cut across the park onto The Mall, which is the road running from Buckingham Palace, so that we could walk along it towards the palace. Instead, we found ourselves at the entrance of the palace.

That’s me and the view of The Mall to Admiralty Arch from the palace.

After catching our breath, we walked through St James Park towards Whitehall.

Whitehall is the center of HM Govenment. We did make a brief stop at the entrance of Downing Street which is all barricaded.

Our next stop was Big Ben. As you can see it was getting late but since it is summer, we still have more than an hour of daylight left.

I had to see Westminster Abbey, the traditonal place of coronations, burials, funerals, and weddings. The latest wedding there was of course that of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Unfortunately, I did not get to see the inside of the abbey as it was past visiting hours.

Our last stop in London was St Paul’s Cathedral. Daylight was waning and we were ready to head home on the train. It was an exciting day out!

For part 1 and 2 of my travel to England, please check out Coddled Eggs from Merry Olde England and The White cake Album, Liverpool.

And now for the recipe. My dear friend, DongXing, has very generously agreed to share her excellent fish pie recipe here with us. I clicked away with my Panasonic FZ35 while she cooked. I do apologize for the poor shot of the dish as daylight was fading when we were ready to eat and I did not want to keep everyone waiting.

This pie can be assembled ahead and kept in the fridge. Just take it out of the fridge and pop it into the oven just before meal time. Do not be deterred by the long list of ingredients. It is actually quite simple to put together and you will be happy you did!

English Fish Pie and a Winner!
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Cook time
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 9 oz (250g) cod
  • 9 oz (250g) trout
  • 9 oz (250g) smoked haddock fillets
  • 9 oz (250g) shrimps, shelled and deveined
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 carrot, cut into rounds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups (480ml) low fat milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
Mashed Potatoes
  • 1? lb (600g) potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Salt and pepper
Béchamel Sauce
  • 2 cups milk reserved from poaching fish
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • A dash grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Place potatoes in a medium sized saucepan. Add about an inch of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Turn off heat and mash potatoes with a potato masher. Add milk, salt, and pepper and continue to mash till smooth well combined.
  2. Sauté onions and garlic in a tablespoon of oil until lightly browned. Remove and set aside. Parboil carrots for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Discard water from saucepan. Pour in milk and bring it to a low simmer. Gently lower fish into milk and poach for about 2 minutes. Remove and set aside. Reserve milk.
  3. Start layering vegetables into a 4 quart casserole. Evenly spread cooked onions and garlic at the base, followed by a single layer of sliced tomatoes. Next, add peas, carrots, eggs, and shrimps.
  4. Then add fish, breaking them into smaller pieces.
  5. Now, cook the béchamel sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour and continue to stir for about 3 minutes until lightly browned. Slowly add reserved milk a little at a time, stirring constantly so that flour will not clump. Bring it to a gentle simmer until sauce is thick and bubbly. Add parsley, salt, and pepper. Grate in a little nutmeg. Stir till well combined.
  6. Pour béchamel sauce onto fish and vegetables in casserole. Spread mashed potatoes evenly on the top. Run a fork from the edge of casserole to the center to create ridges on the mashed potatoes.
  7. Place in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 40 minutes.
  8. Remove and serve immediately.

Many thanks to DongXing for this delicious fish pie recipe! I can’t wait to make it at home.

I really enjoyed the fish pie and could not wait to prepare it for the boys. I made this the same week I arrived home. I used rice flour for the béchamel sauce to keep it gluten-free. As I was not able to find smoked haddock, I substituted it with smoked oysters. I also omitted the eggs and added some spinach at the base. The boys were eager to dig in. It was very tasty and delicious and we all enjoyed the dish. As it was a complete meal in itself, there was no need for salad or any sides but a glass of wine. Ro-Ri San and I had a glass of riesling each. 😉

Finally, the winners (yes, not one but two!) of the Joy Bauer books…

The first winner for Food Cures is commenter number 6, Lyndsey and the second winner for Slim & Scrumptious is commenter number 18, Nami! Congratulations Lyndsey and Nami! Please e-mail me with your addresses so that I can forward it to the the people at JoyBauer.com. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway. A very special thank you also to Joybauer.com for their generosity.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8)

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  1. says

    London is one of my favorite cities! Those photos bring back such great memories. Your fish pie looks fantastic and incredibly comforting. Would be the perfect hurricane meal for this weekend on the East coast 😉 hahaha

  2. says

    Biren – this pie is very interesting! I’m a big fan of one pot meals especially since my kids mix it all together in the end. I especially like that it can be assembled ahead of time. I wonder if you could make extras and freeze it for later?

  3. says

    Wow Biren I am so tired after all that traveling around England. The fish pie looks really good. At first I wasn’t sure, but after seeing your photos and the Béchamel Sauce it sounds yummy!

    I have so busy at the school clinic and exhausted when I get home I haven’t been on-line much. Thanks for the contest, so excited to win! What a nice surprise.

    • Biren says

      You are welcomed but it was the random generated that picked you. :) I hope you like the book.

      It sure is a busy time of the year. I am sure things will settle down for you soon.

  4. says

    wow…. gorgeous post! You have been busy! What a cool idea of using fish? I would have never thought – I need to catch up on your blog…I haven’t been by in a while – hope you are well –

    • Biren says

      Good to see you here again Megan. I hope you are doing well. It must also be a busy time for you with school in session.

      This is a very tasty pie with lots of goodies in it. Very filling too!

  5. says

    It looks like you had a great trip. Those photos bring back memories for me. I went there with my son during a spring break. It was very cold in London at the time. The fish pie is loaded with good stuff. Great comfort food!

  6. says

    I did not know much about Fish Pie till I watched Gordon Ramsay in The F Word recently.

    Maybe I should visit London/England again! You brought me memories. And seems that you were really lucky to get good weather, ya? :)

    Congrats to the winners.

    • Biren says

      I was really blessed with good weather during my stay in England. It did rain a couple of days for a very short period of time and the sun promptly came out after that. :)

      I did make a kind of Russian fish pie, Coulibiac, some time back but this dish is new to me. It is very tasty and delicious!

  7. says

    Fish Pie?? I haven’t eaten one before. LOl! Biren, u’re making me sooooo jealous. I love LON & it’s been quite a few yrs since my last trip there. I wanna go again!!

  8. says

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful London’s photos. Appreciate so much of the step-by-step photoso of making fish pie, look so delicious, bookmarked and i must make this soon. Ya, congrates to the winners!

  9. says

    What a quick trip to London and the view looks absolutely beautiful. The sky is so so clear just like in New Zealand…. the kind of blue you couldn’t sees it here in M’sia!
    And congratulations to the winners! I love your seafood pie as well, sounds really comforting and juicy delish.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful day.

  10. says

    Biren, what a magical trip. Adore the look of that fish pie and can just imagine you in the kitchen in Liverpool catching up together. Best times! Great London photos – you’re making me want to go back again there now!

  11. says

    I never been to London…therefore thank you so much for the “tour”…love the pictures. As for the fish pie, it sure looks delicious.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Biren :-)

    • Biren says

      LOL…at a glance it does look a little like octopus tentacles! Good thing they are tender, luscious shrimps. The pie was delicious and I would make it again and again. :)

  12. says

    Sorry about my delay acceptance. =) Thank you so much for the giveaway gift and I can’t wait to receive it! Thank you thank you!

    I’ve been fully enjoying your travel photos as if I’m traveling with you. 😉 The fish pie looks delicious! I’ve heard about this pie (with potatoes on top!) but never had it in my life. Looks so delicious and irresistible for a potato lover. =)

    • Biren says

      You are most welcomed Nami! Hope you like the book. :)

      Glad to hear you like potatoes too. This pie is like a seafood shepherd’s pie and it is very tasty with all the good stuff in the filling.

  13. says

    Been dreaming of one day going to London! Your photos just made me so jealous! But I’m glad to know how much fun you had!
    And the fish pie looks so divine! It was so generous of your friend to share her recipe.

  14. says

    That’s a great tour of London! Another place that I would love to visit! And the fish pie looks really delicious.
    Congratulations to the lucky winners!
    Have a lovely weekend, Biren!

  15. says

    Hi Biren

    Yes, we did chat as though we had known each other for years. Your happy and friendly nature shows in your writing!! London and Paris are two cities you would never get tired of visiting. You were within a stone’s throw from my Office!! It’s a shame I was on holiday during your visit. I really enjoyed talking to you and we must do so again.


    • Biren says

      Thanks Mina for your friendship! I really enjoyed chatting with you. Yes, there is lots more to see in London and I hope to cover a little more each time. It is a shame we could not meet. Will definitely try to do so the next time I visit.

  16. says

    Looks like you’d a very wonderful and enjoyable time with all the gatherings and meet ups! 😀
    This is indeed a very special and unique fish pie and looks so delicious! :)

    Congrats to Lyndsey and Nami fo both your winnings! :)

    Have a great weekends!

  17. says

    Congrats to Lyndsey and Nami for winning:) I enjoyed looking at UK through your lenses Biren, brought back memories of the times when I was there:)

  18. says

    Your photos of London are so gorgeous…they look like professional post cards~ so glad you had such a wonderful time there!
    The fish pie looks incredible…looks like a lot of work with all that layering, but it’s all worth it at the end!
    Biren-thanks for sharing your lovely adventures, and the delicious recipe:DDD

  19. says

    Fish pie! Sounds so interesting and I bet it is very delicious too. Love to try this for my family during the weekend.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and the amazing pictures in UK:)

    • Biren says

      Do give it a try, Ann. It is delicious and a great weekend dish. You can prepare ahead and bake it closer to meal time.

  20. DongXing says

    HI Biren, What an honour to have our humble fish pie mentioned on your blog. I had fun making this with you, and to be honest, I did feel like a celebrity cook with your camera zooming and panning here and there!

    • Biren says

      Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us. I hope you enjoyed being a “celebrity chef” for a day. 😉

      I really enjoyed the fish pie and so did the family. I especially like the fact that it can be assembled ahead. Makes a perfect weekend dish!

  21. says

    Such a fabulous photo tour…so glad you were able to at least chat with a couple of foodie friends if not meet in person :)
    Lovely recipe for the fish pie…love the layers, just beautiful!

  22. says

    Fab fish pie! I do miss London. I only live an hours drive away but I miss living in London. I remember when my son was born and we drove him home from the hospital, through the streets of downtown London and I thought how lucky he was to have been born in such a great city – so much history and he was the newest chapter!

    • Biren says

      There is much to see and do in London. Each time I visit, I try to see something different. An hour’s drive is not too far away but a good distance from the the hustle and bustle of the big city. I enjoy visiting for the day but I do prefer living in the suburbs.


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