image Turning low-end foods into highbrow cuisine is nothing new (gold Kit Kat, anyone?), but Brooklyn’s Manila Social Club entry takes the cake doughnut. The Filipino restaurant is well-known for its ube doughnuts, which feature the humble purple yam. But what does an ube pastry wear for a fancy night on the town? The Golden Cristal Ube Donut is filled with ube jam, Cristal jelly (which is a term destined to make its way into a rap song soon) and topped with Cristal icing. Oh, and 24-karat gold flakes, because why not?
Each one costs $100 bucks, and yes, some New Yorkers have actually bought them by the dozen. It’s only a matter of time before Lil Wayne is wearing one from a chain (likely followed by Justin Bieber a few months later). Manila Social Club has been promoting the gold doughnuts on their Instagram account, and they proved to be a popular item for New Year’s Eve revelers. I guess getting your drinking and hangover cure done in one bite does sound appealing, if expensive. MSC also makes a less pricey gold-dusted doughnut featuring a local Bushwick IPA in the batter. If Dunkin’ Donuts wants to compete with this kind of extravagance, they’d better get started on a Sterling Silver and Miller High Life cruller ASAP.


About Chef Lex

20 yrs in the business, I am on a constant journey to improve my basic knowledge of food preparation and historical content. Everyday is an opportunity to educate myself... Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all..

Posted on January 6, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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