Don - your personal pie club
Pursuing his love for food and passion for cooking and baking, Don created Don Your Personal Pie Club in 2000 to bring his delightful pies to Singaporeans. With more than 30 years of culinary experience under his belt, Don has perfected the art of making big pies suitable for all palates. Those opting for something less savoury will be pleased to know that Don also specialises in making cakes and kueh lapis. All of Don’s creations are made from premium, fresh ingredients and are prepared without preservatives.
Despite costing, $6 per pie, one alone is enough to fill your stomach.
However, despite of it's tastiness, I would like to comment that if one consume the same flavor of pie every single week, it's no doubt that they will get bored and sick of it.
The prices may seem a little hiked up but it's definitely worth a try. Plus the pies look small, but they aren't really as small as they seem. It will fill your tummy.
To non-veggie lovers though, it might be a little unappealing. I have a friend who hates the tinge of veg she tastes. She says it's a little bitter. I don't get that, but I'm not against veg though.
The chicken bits are generous, very juicy and flavourful, while the potatoes and vegetables are mild in flavour and complements the chicken well. They give me the impression that the pie is rather healthy, too.
I usually share the pie with family as the portions are really generous, quite impossible to finish alone! So far, I've only tried the classic black pepper chicken pie - it's so good, it's difficult to bring ourselves to buy anything else - but I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the pies they offer as well.
What determines a good pie is exemplified by Don's Pies. While other pies that I've tried look good on the outside, the ingredients inside are not as delectable as Don's. Don's pies are not only delectable, the crust looks crispy and fried. Upon consumption, however, the crispy crust crumbles and melts in my mouth; the crust breaking up into soft flakes that makes it easier to consume. The ingredients on the other hand, are not too hard: the potatoes are mashed but to the right amount, the pieces although mashed can still be chewed.
Together, the soft, warm crust and the nicely made ingredients make the perfect pie. What else can I say? There's just nothing that can compete with this pie. The money I spend on this pie is definitely worth every cent.
One "small" pie costs only $6, and it would definitely be enough for a meal. Moreover, it is also nutritional, with a variety of vegetable packed into the pie along with meaty pieces of chicken, giving you your money's worth.
My favourite would have to be the black pepper chicken pie. The slightly spicy flavour is balanced out by the light crust, making it extremely savoury.
The pie crust was buttery, layered and flaky. It was able to hold the pie well and not break despite it being layered and light. It wasn't the typical thick floury factory-made crust that you see outside. The filling was rich and substantial. There were potato, corn, boiled eggs, mushrooms and chicken chunks. The filling had a tasty and mild peppery taste. The whole pie came together as one. The filling and the crust. 1/4 slice of it is sufficient as a wholesome meal. The box that came with it was also of good quality, thick and will definitely protect your pie well. I would definitely be back there for another pie flavor!
On a more balanced note, I would have to say that their chicken pie was okay. It was good, but it wasn't too good, it was relatively generous with the fillings (unlike chains like polar or prima deli which contain a measely chunk of what I presume to be chicken), but not too generous. Basically, it was just right, but not as wonderful as I expected it to be, or what its marketing gimmicks make it out to be. It certainly did not send me spiraling off into chicken pie euphoria.
It's not that expensive though and I would say that it is really value-for-money.
I'm a cautious person, and I never liked to go on adventures, especially not when it involves my food. So the first time I had anything there, I bought myself the black pepper chicken pie. Well, it was also because if I wanted to try their shepherd's pie (I love shepherd's pies) I'd have had to wait for 20 minutes. And I would be late for work if I did, so I went for their black pepper pie.
I didn't regret it. Though not at to-die-for standard, the pie was delicious. I managed to finish three-quarter of the pie alone, and given the size of that thing, I'd usually only be able to finish half.
And having to wait for 20 minutes if a pie sold out? I believe that proves how their pies are always made fresh.
That's what I call quality.
There used to be only one or two outlets where DON chicken pie could be purchased at. Now, everything is a franchise and there are other branches where the chicken pie can be more conveniently bought at. I am really impressed at how the standard of pies still stay the same, and the quality of food is still kept at its optimum despite its franchising. Would definitely not give DON chicken pie a miss if I have yet to try it, simply put it is one of its kind.
One thing to note would be that the pie is rather filling, and the portion can be a little large for those with small stomach capacities.
I prefer their kueh, especially the kueh lapis, which has a good texture but is not too rich or sweet for me. Their service is also quite good, and it makes me feel like I am visiting my own pie shop for a pie, unfortunately, the costly prices of the items draws me away from patronising them too often,