Monday, March 05, 2018

Don Don Donki's Baked Sweet Potato - Really Delicious @ Orchard Central [Singapore]

Unless you have a severe nose block, you would definitely catch a whiff of the unmistakable aroma coming from baked sweet potatoes on basement two of Orchard Central shopping centre and should you like the root vegetable as much as i do, you would follow that aroma. 

If there's a queue that snaked along the passage that connects Orchard Central to Centrepoint Mall, don't think too much on whether you can stomach a sweet potato and proceed to just join the queue! 

At S$2.80 a piece, it's not that expensive compared to what i had at a neighborhood stall (which had since closed down) and considering that the sweet potatoes were imported from Japan.

Don't be put off by the above sign as it's merely a 'strongly recommended' message; with cashless being the way to go in this country, not many people actually carry change and even if i have, i would prefer to feed my piggy banks. Nevertheless, be considerate and refrain from shoving a big note lah! 

Oh, apparently the price isn't always the same and depends on the law of demand and supply that's covered under basic economics; in December 2017, it's only S$2 apiece! 

The queue actually cleared quite fast since each customer can only purchase a maximum of 2 pieces! Do be mindful that there's limited number of sweet potatoes per batch (each machine can only churn out 30-40 pieces) and once you miss it, it's about an hour wait. 

I don't know why but i got two freshly baked pieces in the paper bag! They were hot; so exercise some patience in peeling off the skin of the sweet potato. p.s. it's quite easy to tear off the skin.

Holding it up like a drumstick, i noticed that it didn't have that moist, caramelized texture featured on the sweet potatoes that made me miss a heartbeat at Genting Highlands

Shortly after, i took a big chunk off the top and as i slowly chewed through the piping hot content; the sweetness intensified and i almost gave out a loud mmmmmm. I was impressed. 

There wasn't the cloying, sickening sweet taste and i actually managed to clean off the entire piece even though i just had a platter of chicken nanban and a plate of salmon belly kabayaki! I would have loved to start on the second piece but i am dead mindful of my weight. 

Sweet potato counter without the queue as the batch was already snapped up by the customers. As i found a seat near the queue to have my food, i can totally sense the disappointment of those who failed to get their hands on the popular product.

Next batch at 3.30 pm; this display was extremely helpful for planning purpose and on weekends, the queue would form way before the batch was ready.

The cartons of sweet potatoes from Japan; i am just wondering if i could get some raw ones as i thought they would make a good ingredient for my ondeh ondeh cupcakes! 

As you can see, the sweet potatoes were harvested from Donki's own plantations, which i assumed to be at Japan. Regardless of its origins, they were not exaggerating when they labelled the sweet potatoes as 'shockingly delicious'! 

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Location
181 Orchard Rd, Basement 2, Don Don Donki,
Orchard Central, Singapore 238896

Pricing
S$2.80 each
p.s. as i have indicated, i got two pieces in my bag; hence, it could be two pieces in one bag that cost S$2.80 or i am lucky to have been given two pieces instead of one. 

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