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What do chicken pies and crabs have in common? Not much, unless you’re Don Lim, the 62-year-old chef-owner of Chicken Pie Kitchen & Don Signature Crab, a new restaurant that opened in the hip Jalan Besar area in October. (Good luck remembering its mouthful of a name, though). 

If you think his name sounds familiar, well, chicken pie was his first claim to fame. After 18 years as a head chef at Hewlett Packard Singapore’s canteen serving his famous pastry as a teatime snack, Don struck out on his own to launch a chicken pie brand in 2000 – starting with a flagship outlet at China Square.

In 2006, Don appeared on a Channel NewsAsia cooking programme where he showcased another specialty – crab dishes. “Customers started showing up at our shop asking for crabs! Since there was demand [for crab dishes] and we had enough space for dining in, I decided to add them to the menu at China Square,” he says.

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