MELBOURNE | Out of the ashes… we all know the various permutations of that saying, and for some the extended lockdowns of 2020 did bring opportunity.
In the case of personal trainer and chef Albin Lawang, a lockdown redundancy from his job at Howler led him indulge his sweet tooth and start a doughnut business, Pecks Road Cheat Meals, with his kuyas (brothers) Arbi (the film and photography guy) and AJ (the web and marketing guy).
Each doughnut takes two days to make, from fermenting to baking. The result is a light and fluffy base on which to build on. Flavours include the classics, and ones inspired by the brother’s Filipino heritage and other Asian flavours.
The business is online only at the moment. Orders open on Monday and close on Friday at midday for Saturday and Sunday delivery. Out of lockdown they also pop up around town.
I couldn’t resist and got everything that was on offer. Light and fluffy as promised, with a wonderfully crispy exterior. They’re all great. My favourites are the Ube 2.0 (purple yeast raised doughnut dipped in ube glaze, filled with ube pasty cream and ube whipped cream, garnished with vanilla meringue shards and edible dried flowers), Apple Fritter (doughnut infused with caramelised Granny Smith apples and cinnamon, coated in vanilla bean glaze), and the cinnamon sugar, nutmeg, and mace dusted cruller.
In the words of Albin “a healthy lifestyle is where fitness and indulgence have an affinity with one another”. Can’t argue with that.
Pecks Road Cheat Meals
64 Sutton Street
Mon – Sun: 24 hours a day