City Donut makes doughnuts with local flavours
Doughnut stores in Singapore equal one of two things: a doughnut franchise like Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts, or an Instagram store by an avid home baker. However, City Donut, a new doughnut shop in Telok Ayer, looks like they are set to break that mould.
Housed in the former premises of the Telok Ayer Arts Club, this CBD-based doughnut shop and cafe offers local takes on the deep-fried sweet treat we love. It is barely a month old, but City Donut has already been generating buzz for its inventive Singapore-inspired flavours, so much so that they tend to sell out most of their range by the afternoon.
Like the kiasu Singaporean I am, I made a mental note to head down to City Donut as early as possible so I could bag the full menu to taste. All flavours were available by 9:45am, so I got a selection.
Right off the bat, the flavours they had to offer were just as impressive as their price point. Starting at $1.30 for the Original, and going up to $2.80 for the Pandan Ondeh-Ondeh, these were so competitively priced for freshly-made doughnuts. An Original Glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut is $2.60 each, so let that be your frame of reference.
Here is what I ordered: the Pandan Ondeh-Ondeh, the Pandan Kaya ($2.20), the Milo Dinosaur ($2.20), the Orh Nee ($2.50), the Pulut Hitam ($2.20), the Citrus Yuzu ($2.50) and the Coffee ($1.80). All are made in-house, both dough and filling, and baked in the mornings.
The Pandan Ondeh-Ondeh is by far the most popular with patrons. A fragrant pandan doughnut, glazed with