Streetside Donuts

Around the corner from the seafood section of the Nasugbu market is our favorite rendezvous. donut1Or “run-des-voos” as my Assistant/Chief of Stuff (COS) likes to pronounce it. No, it’s nothing tryst-y, just the neighborhood Rendezvous Bakeshop with all the provincial or small town favorites on offer. Outlandish sweetish breads with red food coloring in the middle to mimic a jam or other more costly fillings or palaman, bread with coconut fillings, cheese bits, chocolate swirls, etc. These are breakfast and snack fare, fillers to be had with your Nescafe or Coca-Cola. We buy loads for everyone in the house. But what I really like at Rendezvous are the piping hot donuts. Let it not be said that I only feature only high-brow food – at PHP2 per donut (USD 3.6 CENTS EACH), these are the economy food find of the year… sweetish dough rounds are all over the bakeshop rising until they are plunged into a huge vat of hot vegetable oil to create a golden crust that hides the soft chewy center.

The aroma of the hot fat and the frying carbohydrates on a busy market corner is just wonderful! donut2These deep fried, street side delicacies are really very good when just out of the fryer and quickly rolled in sugar. At PHP2 a piece, they are superb value. I also like that they are so irregular in shape…there is something scary about the uniformity of a dunkin donut or gonuts donut. These streetside donuts loose their allure about 10 minutes after they are cooked. Sort of like cold McDonald’s French fries, yuck. But best of all, if you remember to bring a medium zip lock bag with a mixture of caster sugar (fine granulated sugar) and some powdered cinnamon, you can toss the hot donuts in your own mixture and you have a GREAT fat and sugar filled breakfast! Bring a hot thermos of English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea and have several donuts for a total cost of less than PHP10! If you had a similar repast at Starbucks it would run you nearly PHP200! Beat that, you penny pinchers!


12 Responses

  1. This may be asking the obvious, but is the Nasugbu Market in Nasugbu? If so, then getting to Nasugbu would be an expense in itself. =)

  2. Of course youll only try this when you are passing by the area within Nasugbu or else it would be “unwise” to go there. get it wysgal?? :D More power to you Mr. Marketman!!!

  3. Right on, AJ! This feature is on fabulous finds Marketman stumbled upon along the way. In Marketman’s case, his shoes brought him to Batangas and he was greatly worked up with the simple pleasure of el-cheapo-cooked-in-front-of-you donuts! Asus!

  4. if you’ll drop by to Nasugbu for just that, surely it’ll be costly! Definitely, if anyone would plan to go there, your intention is to buy a “lot” like marketman would always do. i myself, would surely hit the road to Nasugbu (on my coming vacation), since i’m just a few towns away, and would bring coolers for nice fresh catch!

  5. Fried “street” donuts are available everywhere in Metro Manila. Julie’s donuts are passable, as long as they’re hot off the pan. I think frying starts around 3PM or so.

  6. Pardon moi for being such a food spoiler but those (uncooked)donuts- the white ones-kinda reminds me of raw pork intestines… ;o)

    That said, Im sure they taste really yummy and light. The perfect snack for our over-stretched and undervalued peso.

  7. i like these also… there are lots of food out there which are tasty and not necessarily pricey. more of these posts marketman and prove your “detractors” wrong!

  8. gee! i just finished having lunch (2:45 pm uae time, but seeing these donuts makes me go nuts again. . . uh huh i think our driver will be heading back to our office by this time so now i can text him to pass by dunkins n buy me donuts!!! unfortunately they do not have streetside donuts here so there, i really miss that kind of donut talaga :)
    MM that PHP200/ of starbucks repast is only a cup of capuccino here :(

  9. hi!would any of you happen to have a recipe for a great lasagna?my husband loves lasagna and would want to surprise him with a delicious moist lasagna. and would any of you have suggestions on where i can order home made pasta dishes or any special dish (roast beef, chicken pie, etc)i can serve to my husband’s officemates when they come over for dinner?i am not a very good cook and preparing for a large hungry group can be a bit daunting .thanks!!

  10. just a thought…you can actually justify the trip to nasugbu to stock up on good barako coffee as well – goes well with the donuts! : ) my hubby & I do just that (well on the way to Calatagan actually and not specifically in Nasugbu)…we bring several canisters and load them up with coffee beans and grind them as needed back home. (most of the markets in Batangas would have the roasted beans piled high on white enamel palangganas – and don’t expect to get them in 100 gram measurements too, here they use a wooden box called a “litro”, the Php300 you would pay for a pack of beans in an overated coffee shop would go a very very long way here….enter the market and be led by your nose!)

  11. This is called bicho-bicho in Tagalog. I remember this being peddled in the afternoons for merienda usually by young kids during summer. I have this decade old White King mix in my kitchen cupboard I still hope to use someday. It says Cruller mix bitso bitso on the box and it even has instructions in french! Prèparation pour bichou(pain allongè frit). If they start calling it that it won’t cost P2 anymore. If you’re conscious about your fat(intake that is), they can baked just like the regular doughnuts.



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