For awhile there it seemed like we were taking a break from ridiculously over-the-top food hybrids, but then a Melbourne man decided he wanted to leave his mark on the world in the most delicious way possible. Scottish-born food genius Crag Carrick had the incredible foresight to bend a chicken nugget in a way it has never been bent before, shaping it all around so one end meets the other and a hole remains in the middle; the result: the Donug – a fried chicken nugget shaped as a donut and covered in various toppings like rich Japanese curry sauce or hot chilli.
The Scotland-born Australian man/mad scientist and Shark Tank Australia teamed up to make this thing a reality after Carrick first pitched the idea on the show. Now it’s taking off and has since attracted international media attention, with Carrick securing a sizable investment to help take this food trend around the world.
To be more specific, the Donug is free range chicken in a doughnut shape, topped with cornflakes and panko crumbs as well as “top secret” herbs and spices, then deep-fried, then topped with either one of three sauces: a cheesy Dijon bechamel, a golden Japanese curry with mozzarella, or a hot chilli sauce.
While there doesn’t seem to be any permanent store of these things just yet (it’s only a matter of time), you can follow the Donug’s journey via their website or Instagram to try and catch one around Melbourne.