Sunday, July 22, 2007

doughnut plant . new york city

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
Tel: +1 212 505 3700

My mom was about to scream becos bro made the whole family walk through Chinatown in the hot sun; just for a doughnut. As much as my mum loved doughnuts (she kept screaming for Krispy Kremes the whole time she was in the US), she hated the sun a lot more. When we finally got to Doughnut Plant located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and mom sinked her teeth into the Raspberry Jelly Doughnut, her "black" face immediately let out a smile.

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of doughnuts. Even when I eat doughnuts, I usually just go for the regular glazed ones. Now, if you give me any flavour from Doughnut Plant, it'd be different cos I'd gladly chomp it all down regardless of how many calories it gives me.

I had the honour of meeting the man behind the doughnuts itself; Mark Israel and I must say that his passion is what drives the success he has today. He's been featured in a couple of newspapers and even on Martha Stewart! It all started with a recipe his grandfather had left behind which he then worked on from a basement to develop many exceptional flavours (I love stories like this!) using seasonal fruits and fresh roasted nuts in his glazes. All the doughnuts are handmade. There are basically 2 types of doughnuts served; the yeast doughnut which is the fluffy kind that's more common and the cake doughnut which is just a 'doughy' version of a doughnut.

Both versions are equally good although my scale tips in favour of the yeast doughnuts just cos they're softer. The Raspberry Jelly and Banana Pecan doughnuts were really memorable and still remain etched in my mind today. However, I think the best flavour that I tried was the Tres Leches, a Doughnut Plant signature. This is only available as a cake doughnut and it has a condensed milk glaze with condensed milk filled in the doughnut itself. It was so good that I headed straight for them the moment I saw their outlet in Tokyo. Yes, that's the only other city in the world that has a Doughnut Plant outlet. Apparently, they make funky flavours like the black sesame and yuzu.

Whether you're a big fan of doughnuts or not, you're bound to love this place. So if you're in NY or Tokyo, don't give this a miss! Don't say I didn't tell you!!

That's not the owner of the store. Just a friendly guy who works there and willingly helped me to pose with the doughnuts.

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