31 January 2023

Demochi Donut pops up in Canberra!

| Lucy Ridge
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Dennis Chan and Monique Chuong – the team behind Sydney-based Demochi Donut. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra loves a pop-up, and there’s another one heading into town this week thanks to Sydney-based donut legends Demochi and a Canberra bubble tea business.

Demochi Donut has been a feature of the hugely popular Night Noodle Markets for the last couple of years, but the event isn’t operating this year. That isn’t stopping owners Dennis and Monique, who still want to bring some sweet treats to Canberrans.

“We thought we would continue the tradition and partner with a local business that will pair well with our donuts, and really, what better choice than bubble milk tea?” Dennis told Region.

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Whale Tea serves up bubble tea and desserts. Photo: Whale Tea.

Demochi Donut runs pop-ups and visits markets from Melbourne to Sydney. As well as finding the right culinary balance, it was important to Dennis and Monique to make sure they took the opportunity to support a local business.

“We decided to go with Whale Tea as they are an independent operator husband and wife team just like ourselves,” said Monique.

“We know how hard it has been for small businesses since COVID, so we really wanted to try to bring more customers into the CBD to relive the good old days!”


Demochi Donut combines traditional mochi techniques with old-school donuts for a moreish treat. Photo: Demochi.

Local business Whale Tea and Desserts is no stranger to delicious sweet creations.

Whale Tea also makes show-stopping cheesecakes and other desserts, including traditional salted egg yolk tarts. Customers can choose from a long list of teas to accompany their Demochi donuts.

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Demochi donuts are a fusion creation between Japanese and American desserts. The combination has won Demochi fans wherever this itinerant business sets up shop!

“Demochi Donut is unique because we combine the traditional mochi technique into an American-style donut. The use of rice flour gives our mochi donut the perfect chew with a light crisp.”

According to Dennis, “It is truly addictive, if we may say so ourselves”.

demochi donuts with whale tea and demochi logog graphic

Dennis and Monique wanted to team up with Whale Tea to support another couple-run, independent small business.

If you haven’t tried a Demochi mochi donut before, this pop-up is the perfect opportunity! They will be offering a limited number of pre-orders and reserving plenty to sell on the day. But be warned: these popular sweet treats often sell out so it’s worth jumping on the Demochi website and putting in a pre-order if you’re worried about missing out.

The collaboration will run from Thursday, 2 February, until Sunday, 5 February.

Orders must be placed online at the Demochi website by 9 pm the day before pickup. Follow Demochi on Facebook or Instagram for more details.

Whale Tea and Desserts is located at 191/260 City Walk. They are open seven days a week from midday until 8.30 pm Sunday to Thursday and until late on Friday and Saturday nights. Follow Whale Tea on Facebook or Instagram.

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