By Veronica Inveen
Aug 20, 2020
We’ll take any opportunity to talk about donuts, and this week Krispy Kreme Myanmar debuted the country’s first local donut flavor with Ohm-Mhway, a jaggery-coated donut topped with coconut flakes.
The international donut company teamed up with local jaggery (a traditional unrefined sugar made from toddy palm sap) producer Tree Food to create the donut based off the local sweet.
The collaboration inspired us to go on a Krispy Kreme researching spree—what other local flavors are on offer at outlets around Asia? From butter cheese to durian cream, the results did not disappoint. Here are five flavors that got us excited.
This is not a drill. Krispy Kreme Thailand actually offers a butter-and-cheese-flavored donut and it happens to be one of their most popular menu items. Think frozen pizza-style grated cheese plopped on top of a glazed donut filled with buttercream. It deceptively looks more like a snack than a dessert, which somehow makes the donut feel less sinful.
Onde-Onde (Glutinous Rice Balls)
Onde-onde is a tea-time dessert found in Malaysia and Singapore. It traditionally comes in the form of cute pastel-colored glutinous rice balls infused with pandan, filled with palm sugar, and topped grated coconut. In a new line of donuts to celebrate their national flavors, Krispy Kreme Malaysia has debuted an onde-onde variation. Their glazed donut is topped with chewy pandan and coconut and is served with a dropper full of liquid palm sugar.
Ahh, durian, the world’s most controversial fruits. Love it or hate it, the pungent fruit has serious flavor. Krispy Kreme Cambodia’s durian-filled donut feels like a more subtle and delightful version of the fruit, for those who have a hard time with its notoriously strong smell. Plus, like the fruit, the filling is extra creamy.
It’s pretty well understood that the Japanese do pastries better than anywhere else in Asia—maybe even the world (forgive us, Paris), so it is no surprise that even their Krispy Kreme’s are gourmet. See the basque cheesecake donut: a subtle but hard-hitting cream cheese-filled ring that’s coated with pudding flavored chocolate, caramel chocolate drizzles, and three cubes of slightly burnt cheese.
Bacon & Cheese
According to Krispy Kreme Philippines, there’s no such thing as overdoing it with comfort foods. This limited-edition donut takes their OG glazed ring and fills it with melted cheese. Topped with crispy bacon bits, the donut is a marriage of sweet and savory. Now we’re just waiting for them to somehow incorporate a sunny-side egg in the mix.