Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dunkin' Donuts Opens In Singapore

As most of you would have known by now, I've a FREAKING HUGE DD fan... If you don't, read this, this and this.
Before I begin, I'm going to do a disclaimer first. My post might be offensive to some, but as a FREAKING HUGE DD fan, I have my expectations of how a DD donut should taste like. I can still remember how DD donuts tasted like and how they melted in my mouth although it was more than a decade I've last ate them in Singapore and more than a year since I last ate them in the US. Not that I do not trust franchisees, but since eating the REAL MCCOY in the US, my expectations of how a DD should taste like are damn high. If a DD doesn't taste like a DD, then I, in my honest opinion, think that it doesn't do justice to the brand.

So, imagine THE HUGE ANTICIPATION that overwhelmed me when I saw a recruitment ad on The New Paper a few weeks back for the store in Singapore. And, imagine THE EXCITEMENT that overwhelmed me when I saw tstar's plurk about a DD store at ION a few hours ago. Once I finished work, I really walked damn freaking fast down from Heeren to get my favourite donuts!

But I can tell you that I am FUCKING SORELY DISAPPOINTED!!!
1) The REAL MCCOY in the US lets me choose my combination of munchkins. Here, all packed in a box of 20.
2) Where are the cake donuts? Look at THE REAL MCCOY's menu. For a moment, I thought I stepped into J. Co. Mind you, J. Co. is my favourite brand of bread-texture donuts. But, DD is a US franchise, so gimme back those flavours it had before it disappeared from our shores more than a decade back.
3) Thank goodness they have some jelly and kreme filled ones. But these fillings, sadly, don't taste like the REAL MCCOY. Just a tad flat... Flat never mind, the fillings of the REAL MCCOY literally FILLED the donut, sadly, this doesn't.
4) The dough, although I know it will not be as soft as J. Co., doesn't have the "oomph" of the REAL MCCOY. My mum tried the SG-made DD donuts more than a decade back, and it's actually kinda her fault for getting me hooked onto DD, feeding me with them almost weekly when I was younger. Trying this now, the comparision of her facial expression when she tried this and when she tried the REAL MCCOY is priceless. One was "HEAVENLY WOW", the other, a mix of "huh-er-eww". And she agreed with me when I said that it doesn't taste like what DD tasted like more than a decade ago in Singapore and what we had in the US.
5) No tags telling us what the flavours of the donuts are. Already shocked to see unfamiliar-looking flavoured icing donuts, I was looking at the small little holes in the filled ones and figuring out if that is strawberry or some other kinda berry.

But, still being a FREAKING HUGE SUCKER for DD, I'm going to return in a few weeks time to check out the flavours again. Going to give it the benefit of the doubt that whatever's on the REAL MCCOY's menu and wasn't there in the store were all sold out...

8 comments:

sengkangboy said...

Woh..thanks for this piece of information. I am a Huge DD fan. I never fail to get it when i go to the States for business trip or holidays. The other donuts chain just dont taste the same to me.

Anonymous said...

Do they sell coffee? To me, a DD without coffee is not a DD.

Jas aka paced said...

@sengkangboy No prob! U r very welcome. Actually, I was just ranting away because I felt the local DD franchise just did not do justice to the brand at all. To me, with the kind of donuts they are dishing out, it just tarnishes the brand of DD!

@Anonymous yes they do.

Geotacs said...

DD is here?!?

but looks like it's not as good as iut used to be...

th elast time I ate DDs was while working in Japan... and we can choose what we want... and taste real good!

well, naybe after such a long time they need some time to catch up...

yeah do have another go and do share a follow post about it...

cheers!

live strong!

Geraldine said...

i too am a major DD fan altho i haven't had the privilege of going to the US to savour the real mccoy.

the last time i bit into an SG made DD was yonks ago, the only thing i remember now is that the very last outlet was in Far East Plaza. so i was surprised (and terribly excited) to learn that it is now back here again @ ION.

i will be making my way there tmr to have a look see & taste of coz ... am already dreaming of sinking my teeth into some bavarian kreme (drooool ..... slurp .... ) hope it's as good as i imagine it to be!

cheers!

Jas aka paced said...

@Geotacs: have u tried? do give me yr feedback k? Yes, I went for another go at it... will blog soon!

@Geraldine: Yesh! I still can remember how to cake donuts melted in my mouth with I bought those at Far East Plaza eons ago... hahahaha!
Did you manage to get yr Bavarian Kreme? I didn't manage to see it the 2 times i was there...

Geraldine said...

paced -> yes i managed to get Bavarian Kreme! BUT, sigh ... i think that the ones in JB are better than the ones here even :oS ... so sad ...

altho i must say that the queue never seemed to end while i was there getting my DD dose

i will probably go back to try some of the others ... will keep ya all posted! :oP

Jas aka paced said...

@Geraldine I guess it's bcos DD's a VERY BIG brand and vanished from our shores for so many years, hence the never ending queue... hmm, now that u mentioned abt going back, prob I should as well... It's been almost a month.