Pecks Road Cheat Meals, North Melbourne (Online)

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
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051

Telephone: n/a
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 24 hours a day

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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