The disaster that was the Yuzu and Lychee Donut by Nutie Donuts at the Lunar Markets left a gaping lychee flavoured doughnut hole in my heart. And while I knew Shortshop Coffee and Donuts had a Lychee and Oolong filled doughnut as part of their Lunar New Year line-up, I thought it was available only for pre-order in a box of six. Fast forward to a few days before they were due to change over to a new lineup, I discovered they were available individually on Instagram. So, torrential rain be damned, I had to get down to Barangaroo!
This is their Lychee & Oolong Filled Donut ($6.00). It looks worse for wear, but that always seems to be the case when you visit during the morning when the doughnuts are fresh out of the kitchen and the glaze hasn’t had sufficient time to set. As its named suggests, the doughnut is filled with creme patissiere flavoured with a lychee-infused oolong and topped with oolong biscuits.
The creme patissiere is bright with a lychee oolong flavour and recalls the fruity, floral notes of the Lychee Oolong by Lupicia rather than the lightness of fresh lychees. It’s barely sweetened, relying on the sugar glaze which balances the flavour well. The raised doughnut is tender without being doughy, while the oolong biscuits atop lent a pleasant toasty flavour. They were soft, rather than crispy as expected, but it works.
Also part of their Lunar New Year lineup was this Houjicha Latte Cake Donut ($5.00), a houjicha cake doughnut base, topped with a white chocolate and houjicha glaze and finished with milk crumbs.
The houjicha flavour in this doughnut is mellow and subtle, coming through in both the doughnut base and the glaze but the flavour is lost to only a hint in the finish when eaten together with the very milky-tasting milk crumbs. I imagine the milk crumbs is where the ‘latte’ part comes in, but I enjoyed the pleasant roasted green tea flavour of the doughnut more without it. The texture of the doughnut a bit denser than their Earl Grey & Rose Donut.
And to round off the tea-inspired doughnuts, is their staple Triple Matcha Cake Donut ($5.00), with a matcha cake doughnut base, topped with a white chocolate & matcha glaze and finished with matcha icing stripes.
The glaze is sweet with the flavour of a good matcha latte and carries most of the matcha flavour in the doughnut. The bright green of the doughnut itself, but there’s only a faint bitter matcha edge that comes through in the finish. I’ve read many people describe the matcha flavour as one that hits you in the face, but I’d say it’s rather restrained and would prefer a brighter matcha flavour in the doughnut.
I’m happy to report that the lychee doughnut shaped hole in my heart has been filled. Shortstop Coffee and Donuts really do make doughnuts a step above the rest.
Shortstop Coffee and Donuts is located at 3/23 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000.