Thursday, March 3, 2016

Salted Egg Cronuts at Dotty's TTDI

I've heard many good things about this place, specifically for its in-house specialty, the Salted Egg Cronut (hybrid of croissant + doughnut - in case you're wondering). So last weekend we decided to give it a try. We arrived at half past three, just 30 minutes after the 3pm batch was prepared. Well just our luck, they were all sold out! Apparently it was snapped up in just minutes after the batch was ready! Their advise? Pre-order before coming. *sigh*

We decided to still give proceed with lunch. After all, we chanced upon a parking right outside the entrance and we had two hungry boys in tow. A thing that irked me slightly was the fact that we were not allowed to wait inside the cafe until a table was ready for us. On one hand, I understand that the diners inside will not be too comfortable with people crowding around the already crowded cafe. But on the other hand, trying to cajole the two boys to behave while tanning in the very hot sun by the roadside, was not easy either. I wish they could place some chairs and even a mist fan outside for the comfort of customers waiting for a table.

Zoom closer into the picture for the menu. Aiden showing off a rose clay he made at an arts and craft class.
We finally got a table just beside the door. The menu was pretty simple simple; all day breakfast, two kinds of salads, one soup, a few sandwiches and four mains! I was quite nervous about what I was going to offer Aiden the Mat Melayu for lunch. Thank god he agreed to Eggs Benedict (RM26), a dish that he has grown to love since our last trip to Red Bean Bag. And it was quite a good meal too! Will definitely order this again.

Posing cheekily with his meal; poached egg drizzled with hollandaise sauce crowned on smoked salmon, sauteed spinach and English muffin.

Eagerly cutting the poached egg, waiting for the yolk to ooze out.

Since I couldn't get my hands on the Salted Egg Cronuts, I decided to have the Salted Egg Yolk Spaghetti with Beef Bacon, sauteed with basil tomato, mushrooms and sprinkles of parmesan cheese. Hubby on the other hand, had their Baked Eggs, with lean and tender homemade beef meatballs, splashed over slow cooked tomato eggplant sauce and freshly baked sourdough bread.

Salted Egg Yolk Spaghetti with Beef Bacon (RM29).

Baked Eggs (RM22).

In my opinion, the Salted Egg Yolk Spaghetti was just okay, mainly as I couldn't really taste the salted egg yolk. If you are able to ignore that factor, then it is really quite tasty, close to the taste of my favourite Soft Shell Crab pasta at Ben's.

Hubby's Baked Eggs was quite good. The runny eggplant sauce mixed with the warm baked eggs had a really rich taste. I loved dipping the lightly toasted, crispy, soft and fluffy sourdough bread into the sauce. I literally wiped the plate clean! The meatballs were delicious too. Although I wish they would exclude the baked beans. I am definitely not a fan of baked beans, but that is just my personal preference so please do not be put off by this.

As for drinks, Hubby chose to have the Salted Caramel Latte, while I decided to be adventurous and order coffee! Yes, I don't drink coffee, but I decided to make an exception for the Doughnut Affogato. I guess I am such a sucker for doughnuts that I was willing to have coffee!

Coffee art.

Salted Caramel Latte (RM13).

How exactly do you have the Doughnut Affogato? I was a bit puzzled when they placed my order on the table. A huge doughnut in a bowl, topped with a scoop of ice-cream, a spoonful of ice-cream, and what seemed to be some sort of coffee mixture and milk in two separate tiny jugs. No instructions were provided, so we decided to just experiment and poured the milk and then the coffee onto the doughnut.

Doughnut Affogato (RM14).

Is this how you eat (or issit drink) the Doughnut Affogato??

My take on it? The doughnut became soggy, soaked with latte and soon the ice-cream started melting... into one terrible mess. The ice-cream also made the latte cold very quickly. I didn't know how to drink it, as no straws were provided. Should I scoop the latte into my mouth using the spoon then? Or pick up the bowl and bring it to my lips? The doughnut was also too tough to cut easily with the spoon provided. In the end, I asked for a separate plate, cut the doughnut using a knife and enjoyed it on its own. Left the ice-cream swimming in the latte until it all melted. Definitely not ordering this one again!

We tried ordering the Sweet Potato Fries for Ian, but they were sold out. So we had the Truffle Fries instead. It was really really good! Huge portion too, padanlah dengan harga, RM14.

Ian enjoying the Truffle Fries.

An array of yummy desserts.

I wasn't really quite ready to give up on my quest for their Salted Egg Cronuts, so the very next day, I called in and placed a pre-order. At RM11 each, the minimum order is 6 pieces. I chose to order the 4pm batch, so right after work I made a detour before heading home to pick them up. If you want to do something similar, use the below as a guide for choosing your desired slot.

Salted Egg Cronut batch guide.

Four pieces in a box.

Fresh out of the box.
To get the most out of your cronut, pre-heat your oven to 200degC. Place the cronut in the oven for a few minutes. Take it out, and enjoy!

Two cronuts in the oven, one for me, one for Hubby. No sharing!

Don't let the pictures above fool you, the cronut is quite sizable. I totally understand now, why people would actually queue and wait for this. The cronut is thick, and drizzled with a good dose of salted egg yolk. The texture of the cronut is excellent; crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. The thin layers that make up the cronut are beautiful, the insides filled with liquefied salted egg yolk too. As soon as you cut into one, you can see the egg yolk oozing out onto your plate. The taste is quite interesting to the palate; savoury and sweet all at the same time. Such a sinful delight!

Rich and creamy... *drool*

Verdict? Food is acceptable, but the Salted Egg Cronuts are the real crowd puller. Will we go again? Considering that the cafe is always full house, I'll stick to the pre-orders for now.

Dotty's, TTDI
20, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, 
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 
60000 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-77334233
Open 8am-6pm daily, closed Tuesdays


  1. I'm just wondering how do we place a pre-order? Just call them and give our details or we have to bank in first?

    1. Yes, just call them to give them your details and time for pick up. No need to bank in.

  2. Where did the get the idea to serve/sell salted egg cronut... Just curious. RM11 each (I guess.. gst not ye included) sounds affordable based on the size n taste (as u described) BUT minimum order 6 pieces.. Wow...that comes to RM70+ including GST.

    1. Yup, so usually I will split the order with a few friends. Cos for me, makan satu pun kena share. I'll usually split between 3 friends so we take home 2 each. :)


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