Pate Chaud – Banh Pate So

banh pate so

Banh Pate So (pate chaud- hot pie) was a common treat my mom made while growing up in Michigan. I remember my mom making dozens for my sisters and I to eat before we left for school and afterwards as snacks before she got home from work. Although not as well known as the banh mi, the other popular French influenced dish, banh pate so is often found at the same delis that sell banh mi.   You can use any meat, but we like pork or chicken.  You can put as much or as little additional fillings as you like as well. My mom typically made it with plenty of diced onions, but we wanted to clean out our pantry and added some woodear mushrooms and bean thread noodles and chopped celery.

My mom made it with puff pastry cups but since puff pastry squares was all that we had, it’s more than an adequate substitute.  We even made extra which kept really well in the freezer. Just thaw and bake. You never think it was previously frozen.

Banh Pate So (Pate Chaud) 
Printable Recipe

  • 3/4 lb ground pork or chicken
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbs ground pepper
  • 1 package of puff pastry squares or cups (typically 10-12 pastries)
  • 1 egg, beatened for egg wash
  • 1/4 cup wood ear mushrooms, soaked warm water about 10 min and thinly slice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup bean thread noodles, also soaked in warm water about 10 min and cut (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery or any vegetable you like such as peas or carrots (optional)
banh pate chaud

Allow the puff pastry to defrost in the fridge and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine the meat with onions, fish sauce, ground pepper and any veggies you plan to use. Add the meat mixture to one corner. Be careful not to add too much and leave space at the edges to seal the pastry.  Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash and fold it into a triangle. Crimple the edges with a fork to seal. Brush the top of the pastry with egg wash for a beautiful golden color. Finally, poke a tiny slit at the top to allow steam to release and allow the puff pastry to rise.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

banh pate so
It was my turn to make banh pate chaud for my niece and nephew as they visited me here from California recently. They loved it and had no problems eating the veggies when packaged in the crispy and flaky pastry.  It’s so easy and great to store in the freezer for a quick and easy snack.

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64 Responses to “Pate Chaud – Banh Pate So”

  1. 1

    Gastronomer — March 11, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    Ngon qua!

    My mama makes these for breakfast every time I come home to visit. Delish!

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    houstonwok — March 11, 2010 @ 1:04 am

    I agree w/Cathy,these are delicious to the fullest!

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    H. C. — March 11, 2010 @ 1:13 am

    Thanks for posting! I usually get one (or two… or three) of these whenever I see a banh mi shop that sells 'em!

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    Jenn — March 11, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    this reminds me so much of of empanadas. 🙂

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    Ju (The Little Teochew) — March 11, 2010 @ 3:23 am

    These remind me of our curry puffs and samosas. Baked to a lovely, golden brown. Wow, perfect!!

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    Fresh Local and Best — March 11, 2010 @ 3:50 am

    This looks like quite a treat! Anything wrapped in puff pastry is good in my eyes!

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    Ravenous Couple — March 11, 2010 @ 4:55 am

    cathy: vietnamese don't have many options for breakfast, but pate chaud is one of the best!

    David: Thanks!

    Jenn and Ju: pate chaud is similar to empanadas and samosas!

    FLB: We couldn't agree with you more!

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    Carolyn Jung — March 11, 2010 @ 5:20 am

    I echo what someone else said — these make me fondly remember my childhood days of eating Chinese curry chicken turnovers from Chinatown bakeries. I love your rendition of this, especially the creative "use what you have'' filling.

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    What's Cooking at Soomeenshee's — March 11, 2010 @ 5:40 am

    This looks so yummy. I think I read that you guys lived in Michigan before? Did you guys ever come to Chicago? I just moved to Chicago recently and was wondering if you remember any good eateries for Vietnamese food out here. Would love any suggestions, if you have any.

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    Divina Pe — March 11, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    These are just beautiful. I could taste the butter from the pastry combined with the lovely filling.

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    MaryMoh — March 11, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    These looks very delicious. They remind me of the sardine puffs back home….really delicious.

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    Mai@FlavorBoulevard — March 11, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    You guys just make everything, don't you? I just put together a list of dishes with cha lua, and half of them have a link to your recipes! 😀

  13. 13

    cookingpractice — March 11, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    Yummy!! I love your filling! 🙂

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    Jessica@Foodmayhem — March 11, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    I didn't realize there was a Vietnamese puff of sorts and will definitely look around more carefully next time I'm buying Banh Mi. It kind of reminds me of Chinese curry puffs, which I love!!

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    5 Star Foodie — March 11, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    I love puff pastry and what a delicious filing! Can't wait to try these!

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    sweetmango — March 11, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    These are very yummy, but so expensive to buy. I think it cost $1.25 here. Cost alot cheaper if you make it yourself.

    My question about freezing. Do you freeze them after you bake them? or wait til you want some and put in the oven?

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    My — March 11, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    This is awesome! I have been looking for a recipe for Banh Pate So in a while. Thanks for posting this!

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    R. — March 11, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    Oh wow those looks SOOO good, flaky and perfect for snacking on! My mom used to make something very similar to this growing up.

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    Anh — March 11, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    This is really yummy! I didn't grow up with those (more popular in the south I think?). 😀

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    tigerfish — March 12, 2010 @ 12:30 am

    Good and flavorful filling in there. The filling sounds like something we can find in springrolls but baking puff pastry is really an easier task 🙂

    Lovely puffs. Care to share one?

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    Tuty — March 12, 2010 @ 2:48 am

    I've made these a while ago. They were the bite size version and they were gone in less than 10 minutes.

    Your post is a reminder to make some more soon.

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    Ravenous Couple — March 12, 2010 @ 5:18 am

    What's Cooking at Soomeenshee's: Unfortunately it's been a really long time since we've been to Chicago. There is a chinatown/vietnamese town that you should probably check out.

    Sweetmango: We make the pate chaud and freeze it before baking. After thawing, about 4 hrs or so, just bake. You can't tell it's previously frozen.

    My: let us know if you make it and how it goes!

  23. 23

    Veeda — March 12, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    I could eat this for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Yum, thanks for sharing this. I'm going to try the recipe out soon.

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    Ellie — March 12, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    Wow~ I like this pie. The pastry is so flaky and the filling sounds very nice.

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    Krissy @ The Food Addicts — March 12, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    ooh, i love pate so! i love a great filling. i'm going to have to use this recipe and try it myself and surprise my parents with it! yum yum.

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    Connie — March 12, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    Holy smokes. This looks like one of those totally addictive foods to eat. What a fabulous thing to grow up with! Just a question, about how thick was the puff pastry dough? I have some in my freezer, but it usually needs to be rolled out slightly first before use.

    I can't stop looking at the photos, I may make this over the weekend!

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    Ravenous Couple — March 12, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    veeda: let us know how it goes for you and if you can, post it on your lovely blog!

    connie: we just use the store bought puff pastry squares. ours was no more than 1/4 inch thick, maybe even less.

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    ♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ — March 13, 2010 @ 1:07 am

    i could devour 4 of these instantly…oops there goes my low carb diet hahah… but it's going to be worth breaking the diet don't you think? hahaha!

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    WizzyTheStick — March 13, 2010 @ 4:45 am

    Lovely meat pies. I love meat pies for breakfast. Can't have it too often though.

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    Patty — March 13, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    These little pastries are so cute, my mom used to make them for me as a kid.

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    PlumLeaf 李葉 — March 13, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    these look really deicious and easy to make! My hubbs loves hot pastry goods and as he's vietnamese – I'll make him these for his breakfast!

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    Table Talk — March 17, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    Love that you were able to take a modern spin on a recipe that brings back so many memories. That frozen puff pastry sure does come in handy!

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    The Matador — March 17, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    My mother in law makes these quite frequently and I have to exercise complete restraint or they'd be gone in minutes. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Ravenous Couple — March 18, 2010 @ 12:19 am

    Malou: oh, just a bit of buttery puff pastry can't be that bad!!

    Patty: It seems most Vietnamese have great memories of pate so.

    Plumleaf: Let us know how pate chaud goes!

    Debi: Agreed. We always keep it in stock now.

    Matador: Pate So is hard to resist aren't they?

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    Lori — March 18, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    Oh my- that just asks to be eaten. It looks so good. I love the angles in your photography.

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    Cindy — March 29, 2010 @ 1:36 am

    Meat pies are old English favorites. Great anytime.

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    Ninette — April 13, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    The Filipinos have empanadas. This looks similar!

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    Dskco — May 5, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

    Hey guys! I've been given instruction to make the appetizer for Mother's Day and I dunno how this came about, but I'm totally making this! I've never made Viet food before, so it should be interesting, haha.

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    Kitchen Runway — May 10, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

    Looks like I'll be making this in the near future! I can't resist buying them when I'm at a banh mi shop…so I guess I should start whipping them up at home! =)

  40. 40 — May 23, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    I was just posting about pate so and googled to see if I had it spelt correctly and came across your post… didn't know that it could be spelt pate chaud… but makes sense.

    And had no idea how to make pate so.

    Thanks for the info… here's my post, if you're interested.

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    Lan-Phuong — August 17, 2010 @ 12:54 am

    My sister and I made these today. We ground our own chicken using my Kitchen Aid mixer food grinder attachment.

    We did onions, chicken, bean threads, wood ear mushrooms, carrots, and celery. They were very tasty…we made 6 pies per pastry sheet, so 12 pies per package (Pepperidge Farm). We baked them for 20 minutes….since they were a little bigger. They were delicious and a hit with my American in-laws!

    Thanks for the recipe!!

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    cremebrulee — August 19, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

    Oh I love pâté chaud! My mum used to make these for me when I was a child and I don't think I've had them in many, many years. I just made these for lunch today and they were just delicious!

    You have such a great blog and I love that you are sharing your Vietnamese recipes, especially the dishes which you would never find in restaurants. I think it's a great way to keep the Vietnamese food traditions alive, particularly since our parents were never in the habit of writing down recipes; everything was always cooked from memory. Keep up the great work!

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    April.W + Hien.N — October 11, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    Inspired by your recipe, I posted my own recipe of Banh Pate So on my blog. I put a link to yours as well so people can compare the similarities and differences :-). Thanks for sharing!

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    Goog — January 13, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Where can I find the pastry dough? What is the name, how does it loo?

    If it's possible, can someone please post a pic of the pastry box from the store so I know what to look for?


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    anthony do — May 18, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    this bring back memories of visiting banh mi shops in northern california, i grew up on pate so it makes me fill like a child again when my mom would make these for us. it makes me proud to be vietnamese when i see great food like this.

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    Lynda T — September 20, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    The recipe I learned added diced water chestnuts. We love eating this but no time to make it at home =(

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    Nam — September 21, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    Googled pate chaud recipes cause I brought home from Lee’s sandwiches and wanted to make it- it turned out perfectly, thanks so much!

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    LynnC — August 2, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe!! By far one of the best PateSo recipes out there. I’ve made this several times for parties and gotten so many great comments on them.

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    TH — November 20, 2012 @ 3:42 am

    Where could i find puff pastries cups/squares? 🙂

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    The Ravenous Couple — November 25, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    pillsbury sells puff pastry, just cut it with biscuit cutter or knife to form squares

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    Ann — January 3, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    Have you tried using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls to make these? I find Pepperidge Farm Puff pastries more expensive /:

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    The Ravenous Couple — January 24, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    we live near armenian store, they sell puff pastry much cheaper. see if you can find a middle eastern store that has them

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    Jenn — April 16, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    My Mom also puts in 1 tablespoon of duck pate and some diced Jicama in the meat mixture which brings out the best flavor! Give it a try

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    Kim Anh — August 14, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    I am looking for purchase the pâté chaud skin in Seattle (WA)? Please let me know.

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    The Ravenous Couple — August 17, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    look for puff pastry in the supermarket frozen section

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    morgan — January 22, 2014 @ 9:46 am

    These look fantastic, and I’m hoping to sell them with pho at a function that I have coming up. I was wondering if I could bake them, let them cool, then bake them again to reheat and serve. Would that be the best way for a quick turnaround? Thanks so much, I’m excited!

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    The Ravenous Couple — February 14, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    yes, you can try to par bake…but we’ve had success baking straight from the freezer!

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