CHEAP & GOOD

Lure of crunchy churros

Churros - medium-sized, chunky sticks hot from the fryer and coated lightly in fragrant cinammon sugar.
Churros - medium-sized, chunky sticks hot from the fryer and coated lightly in fragrant cinammon sugar.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ALT-YARD

Finding decent churros in Singapore is a quest that borders on the obsessive for me, and I was recently subjected to good-natured ribbing from a friend. "Go to Spain if you want good churros," she said.

That will have to wait, but for now, I might have just found a reliable enough fix at Alt-Yard, a three-month-old tie-up between popular East Coast Road cafe Penny University and halal cupcake bakery Fluff.

Resembling a pop-up space more than an actual cafe, the place at the modern Tampines West Community Club also sells coffee, cupcakes and cereal milk, which is cereal steeped in milk.

The main draw, however, is the churros - medium-sized, chunky sticks hot from the fryer and coated lightly in fragrant cinammon sugar.

Priced at $3.80 for seven, they're a steal and perfect for an afternoon snack in between meals.

Waiting times can be a drag especially when the cafe is crowded, but the churros are made to order and the tempting aroma of freshly fried dough wafting from the golden brown fritters is worth the wait.

  • ALT-YARD

  • Tampines West Community Club, 5 Tampines Avenue 3

    Open: Noon to 8.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday

    Rating: 3/5

I like how the crust is not crisp to the point of being brittle and the churros also have the right amount of airiness to make them light and fluffy on the inside.

Even better, they maintain their consistency hours later, as I can't resist the lure of ordering an extra set to take away.

There is also a choice of three house-made dips - chocolate ganache, salted caramel (both $1) and liquid cheesecake ($1.50) - but personally, the mark of a good churro is one that can be eaten on its own.

Plump for the traditional chocolate sauce if you must - the rich, slightly bitter chocolate provides a nice contrast to the churro.

There's also an ondeh ondeh version ($3.80 for seven) covered in shredded coconut. It comes with a gula melaka dip ($1), but its popularity means I've not been able to sample it on both visits.

Well, third time's the charm, perhaps.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 09, 2015, with the headline 'Cheap & Good Lure of crunchy churros'. Print Edition | Subscribe