Filipino doughnut markets in everything

by on January 17, 2016 at 2:40 am in Food and Drink | Permalink

The Filipino restaurant Manila Social Club, in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, just made a splash with a confectionary creation that makes people crazy: a shiny, $100 doughnut covered in 24-carat gold.

There is more from the WSJ here, via Samir Varma.  If nothing else, it makes the other prices on the menu seem reasonable…


Here is another account.

1 So Much For Subtlety January 17, 2016 at 3:13 am

Seriously? A donut? At least the Japanese do this sort of thing with sake.

There is no polite way of saying this, but does this mean some people’s excrement is worth mining?

2 ibaien January 17, 2016 at 7:40 am
3 Mark Thorson January 18, 2016 at 12:27 am

Nobody’s going to be wolfing down these donuts on a regular basis. It’s a clever idea as a publicity stunt, nothing more. It’s along the lines of “world’s most expensive chocolate”, etc. If I open a donut shop, expect to hear about a donut made from platinum, human breast milk, salt from Lot’s wife, or some similar nonsense.

4 uair01 January 17, 2016 at 8:45 am

Yes, certainly: — A tin (of artist’s faeces) was sold for €124,000 at Sotheby’s on May 23, 2007.

5 Ray Lopez January 17, 2016 at 9:48 am

I once had gold foil chocolate cake in Frisco, USA to impress a girl from Eastern Europe (she was). Doubtful however if my shirt is as priceless as the prophet’s.

6 dearieme January 17, 2016 at 10:28 am

You did say “shirt`’ did you?

7 Dan Lavatan January 17, 2016 at 3:24 am

If food is going to be regulated at all, those people should be shut down. Heavy metals are poison period. Naturally when the FDA could be useful they are nowhere to be found. Clearly none of the staff have any respect for human life.

At the very least Tyler should be denouncing them clearly whenever this is mentioned.

8 Ronald Brak January 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

Eating gold metal is not particularly dangerous, although if you swallow a nuggest I strongly suggest refraining from trampoline use until it is passed. It’s gold salts which are very dangerous. If someone offers you a donut sprinkled with gold salts it would probably be a very bad idea to eat it.

9 Curt F. January 17, 2016 at 8:13 am

What Ronald said. Eating gold foil is not dangerous. There is no need for FDA intervention here, nor risk of liver toxicity (at least not from the metal). The abstracts of the papers you sent were not written in a way that would make this clear, though.

10 Ethan Bernard January 17, 2016 at 11:03 am

“Heavy metals are poison period.”

Not at all. Consider Pepto-Bismol:

11 JWatts January 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm

“Heavy metals are poison period.”

Gold has very low reactivity. This is one of the reasons it’s used for jewelry.

12 Jan January 17, 2016 at 6:10 am

Wash it down with 300mL of Goldschlager?

13 Foobarista January 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

You’ll likely see what gold looks like in barf after that meal…

14 Ronald Brak January 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

I will mention that because gold is so ductile and can be made into extremely fine sheets, the amount sprinkled on the donut might only be worth a few dollars. Quite possibly less. So without the gold that donut had better be worth $97 otherwise you’d be better off saving your money and buying something else, such as a horse.

Did you know you can buy a horse for $23? That’s what I paid down at the knacker yard for one. I called him Tonto 23. Not because I paid $23 dollars for him, but just by shear luck he happened to be the 23rd horse called Tonto I’ve owned.

15 dan1111 January 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

The article states it takes two sheets of gold leaf per donut. Depending on the size of the sheets, that looks like it can be purchased for $1-$3 per donut on Amazon.

16 Thiago Ribeiro January 17, 2016 at 9:49 am

I don’t get it. What can you do with him?

17 Ronald Brak January 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Well, you can do all sorts of things with a horse. But often the options are usually kind of limited with the ones that are ready to be turned into glue. But sometimes they get a horse that would be a shame to turn into petfood and they might let let him go for a trivial sum rather than see him slaughtered.

18 Thiago Ribeiro January 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

“But sometimes they get a horse that would be a shame to turn into petfood and they might let let him go for a trivial sum rather than see him slaughtered.”

But how do they get such horses? I thought the whole point of knacker yards were to get horses ready to extermination so they can be converted into useful products.

19 Ronald Brak January 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Okay, we’re talking about serious horse slaughtering here and not just me making jokes about how I used to have a two legged horse that I was always trying to fatten up because he was a little lean. (That one I named Motorbike.)

Australia has two abatoirs that butcher about 8,400 horses a year for export for human consumption. In addition there are around 33 knackeries that slaughter somewhere around 27,000 horses a year for pet food and other products. An average of two and a quarter horses a day per yard.

One study found that 40% of the horses were branded thoroughbred racehorses and 12.9% were branded standardbred racehorses. Australia has a very large horse racing industry. 10% were brumbies which are feral horses and would have been rounded up by stockpersons. And the remainder were riding horses, work horses, hobby horses (raised as a hobby, not made of wood), and perhaps some race horses that weren’t branded.

People will pay knackeries to take there horses away for disposal, so if they can sell them for a little more than they are worth as tallow and pet food they are happy to do. And they aren’t worth much as pet food. Not with all the kangaroos we have hopping around. However, Australia has had some major horse disease scares and so they may be stricter about random horse trading these days.

20 Thiago Ribeiro January 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

I see, thanks for the explanation.

21 Elke Sisco January 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Pet food has horse meat in it? Would this include my US-sold cat food that proclaims to be venison or buffalo or beef?

22 Ronald Brak January 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

Elke, I had to look it up since I don’t know much about US horse meat, and apparently not much horse meat is consumed in the United States by humans or their pets as it is apparently legally difficult to slaughter horses. However, DNA tests have shown that horse meat has illegally been used for meat products for human consumption in the US. A little like kanagroos used to end up in our beef pies many years ago before we cracked down on the practice. Presumably some horse meat also ends up in pet food. I can’t see the practice ending in the US without more resources put into inspections. However, making it easier for knacker yards to legally slaughter horses might help as these would presumably suck up the supply of no longer wanted horses for legal purposes such as fertiliser and correctly labled pet food.

23 Careless January 17, 2016 at 11:42 pm

I’ve served a lot of “zoo meat” to animals in the past. Ground horse made into loafs. I’d assume it’s a lot of what most carnivores in zoos eat, along with chicken chicks and rats and mice.

24 Elke Sisco January 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for looking into it, Ronald! And thanks for the “zoo meat” bit, Careless.

25 Ray Lopez January 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

@Ronald Brak – did you eat the horse? I’ve had horse sausage in Moscow, RU, it was quite tasty.

26 Ronald Brak January 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Actually I’ve only ever eaten horse raw. And no, it’s not because I’m impatient.

27 Mark Thorson January 17, 2016 at 11:14 am

I’ve been told that after the recession hit, in affluent parts of California you could get thoroughbred horses for free, if you could provide a good home. Many people who bought them during the good times were unable to keep them (maintaining a horse is expensive), so there was a surplus.

28 Ethan Bernard January 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

Veblen goods.

29 Moo cow January 17, 2016 at 12:01 pm
30 CW January 17, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Just a two or three weeks ago, I saw on NHK (an episode of Cool Japan, I think) where you can buy soft-serve ice cream with a sheet of gold leaf on it, intended to be eaten.

31 mkt42 January 19, 2016 at 3:11 am

“Cool Japan” is a cool TV show, typically I learn something about cultures throughout the world (thanks to the international commenter panel) as well as some interesting scientific, industrial, or social factoids.

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