IN A country blessed with an abundance of snacks, doughnuts are among the delights that continue to be a favourite among Malaysians.
International doughnut chains can be found in most urban areas, offering mouthwatering choices.
But there are local versions too, consisting of flavours that appeal to Malaysian taste buds.
Donut Sado in Bandar Baru Bangi is one such stall with a loyal following for its large and colourful doughnuts that come in nine flavours. They are vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino, red velvet, pandan, durian, taro, strawberry and the plain doughnut.
For the curious, the sado in Donut Sado is a Malay slang which means big or strong.
Co-owner Syed Azmil Syed Kamaruddin chose to incorporate sado in the stall name as it aptly describes the doughnuts available here.
The catchy slogan of “Rangup Di Luar Lembut Di Dalam” (meaning crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside) describes the texture of the doughnuts, which are made fresh every morning.
Co-owner Nadzrul Aizam Shaedull and his wife Normala Mohd Sani start making the treats from 4am to 11am, after which the doughnuts are brought to the stall.
The doughnuts are priced at 70sen each, or RM2 for three. The stall gets regular customers daily.
Surprisingly, the doughnuts were only added to the stall’s offerings last December.
Nadzrul and Syed Azmil first set up shop in 2015 and sold traditional snacks such as pisang goreng, curry puffs, fried banana balls, keropok lekor and keria gula melaka.
These treats are sold alongside the doughnuts.
Syed Azmil said Donut Sado has been a hit since it started selling the doughnuts and people have been coming by just to take pictures of the snacks.
“Customers always stop by as they are intrigued by the colours. As soon as they find out about the various flavours, they are interested to try them.
“Sometimes people come to our stall just to take pictures of the doughnuts,” he added.
Out of all the flavours, red velvet and durian are the most popular and sell out fast.
Their newest idea for the doughnuts is a cream cheese filling to go with the red velvet flavour.
These are priced at RM1 each and have received enthusiastic response from doughnut lovers.
“We have a few regular customers who come every day just to taste different doughnuts,” said Syed Azmil, who is keen to introduce new flavours in the future.
Donut Sado is located in front of Eco-shop@Bangi, Section 9, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor. It is open from noon to 6pm daily.