Don't get us wrong: Even the most basic donut flavors, like a classic glazed, sugar-raised, or chocolate-frosted doughnut, can be life-changing when done well. But what's life without variety—especially when Manila is home to shops that put some truly creative spins on their take on the deep-fried pastry? If you're up for a different kind of donut fix, you'll want to check out these out-of-the-box flavors that you can order in the Metro.
These one-of-a-kind donut flavors are the ones worth trying:
BananaQ from BreadLounge
Banana cue is a street-food fave among Filipinos for how it brings together the bittersweet and fruity worlds of caramel and bananas, respectively. BreadLounge takes their cue from that and translates the classic snack into a doughnut (P65/piece, P360/half-dozen) that's got a crackly burnt-sugar exterior, soft donut base, and billowy, not-too-sweet banana cream. You can visit their delivery website to place an order.
Strawberry Pomelo from 17r Bakehouse
When you think of donut , the thought of all things heavy and indulgent might come to mind—which has its place in our craving list, for the record. But if you find yourself hankering more for a donut on the bright and fruity side, 17r Bakehouse's Strawberry Pomelo Sourdough Doughnuts (P480/six pieces) is well worth giving a try. Not only is it a looker with its glistening topping of pomelo pulp and vibrant red strawberry filling; it's a vibrant-tasting treat, too, that gives you a lively mix of tangy, sweet, and citrusy amid their indulgent doughnut base. You can send them a message on social media to get your fix.
The Kikko Man from Poison Doughnuts
Poison Doughnuts is no stranger to uncommon flavors—heck, they've come out with everything from Champorado to White Chocolate Cheetos donut—but the new Kikko Man (P105/piece) might just be their best yet. As you might be able to guess from the name, it's flavored with soy sauce (!) in its glaze and silky buttercream filling, and the Japanese condiment contributes a subtle savory touch and umami depth that works with their slightly-tangy sourdough donut base. You can get your fix from the Poison Doughnuts section of their mother company Tasteless' delivery website.
For orders, visit the Poison Doughnuts section on Tasteless' delivery website. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Dayap Cheesecake Crumble from Rogue Doughnuts
Dayap (also known as key lime) is a locally-available citrus that deserves more love—and Rogue Doughnuts shines the spotlight on it with their Dayap Cheesecake Crumble (P95). With a pale-yellow dayap-cheesecake frosting and crumble atop their sourdough donut base, it's a zesty-meets-buttery treat that you can count on to lift you up on the gloomiest of days. You can head to their website for orders.
Ensaymada by Manbuns Pastries
Buttery ensaymada is always a treat, and Manbuns Pastries takes inspiration from the classic bread to make the Ensaymada Doughnuts (P350/box of six). This salty-sweet number has ensaymada's signature cheesy-sugary profile, but with the richer-tasting yet lighter character of doughnuts serving as its vehicle. Go ahead and fill out their order form to get your own.
Bonus: Anything and everything from Baker on East
Quezon City-based online seller Baker on East is currently on a break, but we couldn't do this list without mentioning them, really. They're known for their swoon-worthy donut in flavors that regularly change, but are always as playful as they are ingenious: Think Pineapple + Tonka Bean, Chamomile + Strawberry Lychee, Gala Apple + Miso Caramel, and Peanut Butter + Juniper Jelly! For now, you'll want to give their Instagram account a follow so you'll be notified once they've reopened for orders.
For more information, check out Baker on East’s Instagram page.
* This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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