Peach Doughnut @ Dunkin’ Donuts, Hanoi Old Quarter, Vietnam

It has been about six years since I’ve had a doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts. It was while I holidayed in New York. I had one just about every day. My memory of them is that they are quite good.

They don’t have any outlets in Australia – they pulled out about 10 years ago. So, imagine my excitement when I spotted the Dunkin’ Donuts sign in Hanoi.

My energy seemed to crank up a gear. I became oblivious to the traffic pandemonium at possibly the busiest intersection of Hanoi. I had to get to Dunkin’ Donuts and no one was going to stop me.

Surprisingly, there was barely anyone inside. Why?

There were quite a few options to choose from, and I went with a flavour that I’d never seen before – peach.

One bite and I realised why there was no one inside. It was one of the worst doughnuts I’ve ever had in my life.

It was the icing that made it awful. It’s hard to describe, but it had an incredible fake-ness about it. Like it was sweetened plastic. It was just terrible.

Perhaps I just chose the wrong doughnut.

Stubbornly, I finished it, but luckily I had a sparkling mango water to help wash it down.

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Surely Dunkin’ Donuts in New York couldn’t be that bad. I don’t think Americans would stand for such abominations.

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