Saturday, July 6, 2013

BIG KLonuts, Delectable Cronuts & Puchong Donutes

Strictly & legally speaking, we're not supposed to call 'em cronuts, but that's what these are fashioned after, after all. Here's what the cross-border, cross-between-croissant-&-doughnut craze has wrought in KL beginning this week.

Folks can now stake out the new Dessert Storm pop-up bar at Ben's Independent Grocer in Publika starting 4pm, Tuesdays through Sundays, to purchase puffy-flaky, deep-fried pastries in flavors like lemon meringue, peanut butter with caramel & chocolate cheesecake.

These "KLonuts" are made to order; customers receive them fresh & hot after a 10-minute wait. Petite, slyly simple-seeming & completely calorie-clogged, with a texture evocative not merely of buttery French bread rolls but also crisp Chinese 'yu char kway' crullers.

Delicious? Definitely. Greasier than expected, but clearly crafted with care. RM7 each.

These KLonuts will likely remain available for at least several more weeks on a rotational basis, with peanut butter caramel as the signature & two new flavors every fortnight. Terrific for a teatime treat or for nibbling while window-shopping at Publika. Plated desserts are also now available at the Dessert Storm kiosk.

Also well worth checking out: Delectable By Su's version of cronuts, available this month at RM10 apiece in The Gardens Mall (sales start at noon).

Delectable's highlight might be the Malaysian-inspired coconut-kaya rendition, but the one with lemon cream & strawberry coulis, as well as another with vanilla cream, caramel & assorted-nut praline, also make for the most glorious of guilty pleasures.

Elaborately exquisite, Delectable's cronuts probably hew more closely to the New York originals, though this sticky-sweet coconut kaya flaunts triumphantly Asian flavors.

Fresh-tasting even after a few hours on the counter, offering a hefty, sink-your-teeth-into-this satisfaction. You should sensibly share this, but would you want to?

 And yep, in terms of texture, it really merges the best characteristics of both the croissant & the doughnut, then throws in creamy stuffings & well-considered toppings to make the sum of every cronut even more sensational than its parts.

We'll surely see & savor more cronuts in the months ahead, but both BIG & Delectable have taken this waistline-wrecking trend to a strong start, serving distinctively different but nearly equally enjoyable interpretations.

One more for the road: No cronuts are available at Puchong's Donutes (so far), but this Malaysian offshoot of a Taiwanese chain makes up for that with its hyper-convenient, 24-hours-everyday business hours. It's like the 7-Eleven of pastry cafes.

Even at midnight, the Taiwanese 'rosong' bread (RM5.80), a smoothly dense & mildly sweet loaf, retains something akin to a morning's freshness.

Taiwanese pineapple cakes (RM3.20) come recommended. Not bad, not too shabby at all.

Dessert Storm, Ben's Independent Grocer, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Delectable Treats, LG, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur.
Donutes Bakery Malaysia, 7, Jalan Kenari 6, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Selangor.

39 comments:

  1. 'Cronuts', will it be another hit in town !

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    1. Wong: heheh, hopefully the queues for the cronuts in KL won't be as long as the ones in some other cities! :D

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  2. Ok, no, thank you. Cutting down on the sweet stuff so I'd pass on these. Cronuts sounds like donuts with coconut topping or filling...

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    1. Suituapui: that's kinda what it looks like, but it tastes devilishly different :D

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  3. I am not a donut fan at all...but I really love their decor and display.

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    1. Linda: heheh, yeah, true, i think in order to enjoy a cronut, one must be appreciative of the virtues of a humble doughnut in the first place :D

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  4. The last one, Puchong's Donutes looks incongruous as part of this post.. but yeah i will take the top two cronuts any time! yum yum ! :D

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    1. Ciki: heheh, couldn't resist tacking on puchong's donutes, since it's thematically in the same neighborhood :D but yup, let's pass around the cronuts! i want more! =)

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  5. Cronuts wll be my choice!

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    1. Jackson: really tasty! i think my favorite might be the one stuffed with vanilla cream and topped with caramel and nuts :D

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  6. It was just a matter of time before KL will get hit by the cronuts.
    Just not sure if I would actually be at Publika or Gardens soon. Talk about #thirdworldproblems :P

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    1. Lifeasacynic: hope to get to either place this month, since these cronuts are a limited-time-only promotion! but yeah, luckily cronuts didn't take as long to surface in KL as macarons did! :D

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  7. nowadays i just know that bakery business such as donut very profitable~ uncle want open 1 shop? i help you manage~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: a lot of pretty good bakery cafes have opened in kl these past two years. Perfect for pastry fans, especially since there are endless pastry & bread recipes in the world :D

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  8. Mmmm... lemon cream and strawberry coulis... I might like those on their own, without the pastry :-)

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    1. The Yum list: strawberry's a bit too tart for me, as a matter of personal preference. I'd have preferred blueberries maybe, but that's just me, heh :D

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  9. Wow, a cross between doughnut and croissant? It should be alright, since both are... buttery and have about the same taste.

    Oh? We can get 凤梨酥 here? That's great! I'd personally prefer the "rosong" bread. No meat floss inside?

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    1. Waverly: heh, the cronut is interesting cos it's not quite croissant and it's not quite doughnut. It's pretty unique and altogether brilliant =) there was no meat floss inside this particular rosong at donutes, but there were other buns with custard and other fillings =)

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  10. Have heard so much about the cronut, caught on pretty quick in KL! Which one's yr fav flavour?

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, I'm kinda surprised too, I thought it'd take at least three more months before cronuts popped up in kl! But i guess this is good, it shows that the food entrepreneurs in kl are now keeping aware and being swift to react :D for the BIG cronuts, I like the lemon meringue flavor, while for Delectable's cronuts, I'm torn between the coconut kaya and the caramel nut one. Both so great, but I'm thinking each cronut has at least 400-600 calories! :D

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    2. Hehe that means that I will have to try these 3 cronuts to see which one's best. OMG 1200-1800 calories just like that.

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    3. Baby sumo: heheh, can share each cronut with Babies C & D! I think kids might enjoy the novelty of this just as much as us adults! :D

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  11. Missed the KLonut making session today at BIG. Of course they would be greasy lol. Deep fried croissant pastry. Fat inside and out. :P

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    1. Kelly: heh, no worries, the BIG klonuts will probably be around for at least another four weeks :D haha, I wonder though if there's some way to make the klonuts less oily. It might be a turnoff for some customers. But admittedly, they're still addictive for those of us who can't resist fresh pastries =)

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  12. Croissant + donut...both my favourite. Quite unhealthy ah...I must really learn to control my desire.

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    1. Sycookies: I'm actually not too big a fan of doughnuts, though i do like good croissants. Luckily though, the cronut really combines the tastiest features of both pastries. And since it's only gonna be available for a limited time at these two places, I think it's ok for us to indulge, heh =)

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  13. Limited time? I doubt it once the queue starts snaking in. If it takes off .. It's really hard to predict food trends nowadays.
    I won't bust my diet, I'll just take one frm BIG and Su, and if one of them warrants a 2nd bite, then that's where my stamp of approval is! :P

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    1. TNG: heh, so far last week, there wasn't a queue for Delectable yet, though maybe once word of mouth increases, there might be :D oooh, i think i'd recommend the lemon meringue from BIG and either the coconut-kaya or the caramel-nut one from Su :D

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  14. That's the current trend. Sinfully diet busting. Hehehe.

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    1. Missyblurkit: heheh, my waistline is suffering from these cronut treats! :D

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  15. I've tried Donutes Bakery Malaysia..the bread are quite nice. Haven try the cakes and drinks yet ^_^
    Cronuts at Delectable looks nice...but RM10/ piece....hmmm....

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    1. Melissa: heheh, ya, if i ever feel hungry for some good bread at 3 a.m., i'll head to Donutes :D ya, the cronuts look a bit pricey, but i think they're fairly priced, due to the difficulty in making them. and they're quite filling, heh =)

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, delicious sugar! :D

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  17. I want they all..they all are my favourite..
    I favourite is drinking Oolong Tea with donuts..
    it is so happy..

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    1. Feipeng: yep, oolong tea sounds good with donuts =)

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    1. Pamela: yay, glad you like =)

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  19. Is Cronuts still available in BIG? I'm so craving for it now!!

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