After selling doughnuts and other baked goods at markets across Sydney for two years – and building a serious following on social media – the sibling duo behind Donut Papi, Kenneth and Karen Rodrigueza, opened a permanent home in Redfern in December 2017.
What sets Donut Papi apart from other doughnut makers is its incorporation of Asian flavours, inspired mainly by the owners’ Filipino heritage. The duo loves Japanese tastes and matcha.
While ube (purple yam) and pandan doughnuts will always be available, the rest of the offering changes daily – sometimes with glaze, other times doughnuts filled with jam. Handmade Pop-Tarts and “duffins” are occasionally available, too, and there are often gluten-free and vegan options.
Karen incorporates more classic flavours into her baked goods, such as Nutella and peanut butter, producing bites such as brownies and chocolate-crinkle sandwiches, which are fudgy cookies sometimes referred to as “crackle cookies”, a popular sweet in the Philippines.
There are also matcha- and ube-flavoured milkshakes and frappes, and punters can relive their childhood by ordering bowls of cereal, such as Cap’n Crunch and Fruit Loops.