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by: Katy Rose | 14 Mar 2019
chicken pies on display

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We thought we’d taste 5 different chicken and mushroom pies from South Africa’s leading petrol station forecourts. We bought them from Engen, Total, Caltex, Shell and BP and then rated them in a blind tasting.

Here are the results!

Engen Corner Bakery chicken and mushroom 
Price: R22

Chicken and mushroom pie

This pie, while having a lovely golden appearance, lost out some points on its filling with tasters commenting, “Pastry was good, not so the filling” and... “Pastry was good, not so filling”. This pie’s pastry was a little doughy and chewy. 

Appearance: 68 / 100
Texture of pastry: 75 / 100
Texture of filling: 62 / 100

Caltex King Pie chicken pie
Price: R19.90 

Chicken and mushroom pie

This pie was strange because it was rectangular as well as being pale and unappetizing in appearance. We chose the plain chicken because that was the only chicken flavour on offer. The addition of carrots was a strange choice with comments from the panel such as “Hardly any chicken. Very pale pastry.” and “Carrots! Why?”

Appearance: 40 / 100
Texture of pastry: 42 / 100
Texture of filling: 42 / 100

NOTE: Not all Caltex's offer King Pie. 

RECIPE: Easy chicken pie

Shell Pieman’s chicken and mushroom
Price: R20.50

Chicken and mushroom pie

Tasters liked this one because it had quite a lot of chicken and mushroom pieces. Comments were “creamy delicious filling” and “Lots of chicken pieces!”

Appearance: 75 / 100
Texture of pastry: 63 /100
Texture of filling: 77 / 100

BP Wild Bean Cafe chicken and mushroom 
Price: R22.90

Chicken and mushroom pie

This pie scored consistently across all areas, with tasters really enjoying the flavour of this one. Quite simply: “I enjoyed this pie.”

Appearance: 68 / 100
Texture of pastry: 68 / 100
Texture of filling: 67 / 100

Total Pieman’s chicken and mushroom
Price: R21.90

Chicken and mushroom pie

This pie excelled on filling, there was nice mix of chicken and mushroom. Comments from the panel were: “Lots of mushrooms, nice taste” and “Very enjoyable”. 

Appearance: 75 / 100
Texture of pastry: 68 / 100
Texture of filling: 72 / 100


garage pie taste test

You may have noticed that two petrol stations (Total and Shell) both sell pies from the same manufacturer. Even though they scored differently in the different areas, the overall scores came out the same! 

Our winner in this test is Shell’s chicken and mushroom pie, only because it is a R1.40 cheaper than the runner up (Total) 

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- All tasters tasted and scored all 5 samples.

- The samples were not labelled and tasted in random order.

- Each sample was rated on Appearance, Texture of pastry and Texture of filling.

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