New insights and foods are discovered when one moves to into a new area. I moved to the North West a few years ago. So we moved from Preston market to Footscray market. Maybe the standard of the fresh food isn’t as appealing as Victoria or Pharan market. But it has a rough soul that is characteristic of the area.
I was having afternoon coffee and cheese with a few friends and happen to tell them that I was writing a piece about Olympics donut. Ms J was a big fan as well and used to wag school, hop onto the train with friends to buy donuts from this couple. This van has been around since the 70′s. The business was inherited to the son after the death of the father. It has always been family owned and run.
So what makes this little iconic doughnut van near Footscray train station so special? To be very honest, I am very biase. This business is owned by a lovely old couple. Day in and out, they churn out doughnut after doughnut. I always wonder how many kids have they brought up by selling these sweet morsels of heaven. I love the whole nostalgia as well as the donuts.
These days, the wife only works on weekends and they have employed a helper during weekdays to help the husband. He is such a lovely old man. Always smiling while working on the donuts. He uses this dolphin jam apparatus to stuff sweet jam into the freshly baked crispy donut. Once that is done, he will roll each donut to coat it with sugar.
As all doughnuts, it is best eaten fresh. You can still smell the fresh dough and hear the crunch of the exterior and the sugar while eating it. And as you bite into it, the sweet jam will be trying to escape and do a drip down the thumb! By the way, it starts from 70cts per donut and the prices drop as you buy more.
But if you buy in bulk like me (because I am greedy!), just pop it into the microwave for 15-20 secs. Still good but it will lose the crunch of the sugar.
Ms J did mention that this van has a story to tell. I have choosen not to blog about it as I will prefer to find hard evidence before reporting about it. It has nothing to do with the integrity of the doughnuts or the couple. To me, this is the best donut in Melbourne. If you can, just hope onto the train to Footscray and give it a go. It may not be your cup of tea but take it as an experience and venture around the area.
Double YUM UP!