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The Ruler of Melbourne’s Doughnutsville + Food Rehab now on Facebook

Submitted by on April 17, 2011 – 11:38 am41 Comments

This has been hot in conversation for some time now and I can see why. Hot jam doughnuts in Melbourne are like Pretzels in New York. It’s a local tradition and is part of our culture to queue up at a local jam doughnut van (especially at Olympic Doughnuts) for a bag filled with sugary coated balls of sweet fury. This post comes as part of my Melbourne’s Hotspots under $20 series. Speaking of which, I’m still contemplating on buying a deep fryer I saw on ebay for a mere twenty buckeroons. Someone stop me!

Details: Olympic Doughnuts, 51 Irving St, Footscray VIC 3011  Google Map

graffitti footscray Graffitied cat using chopsticks  – one hot piece of art. Totally captures what Footscray is all about.

There are a number of hot jam doughnut vans in Melbourne, many of whom have been serving up these goodies for over a decade. It seems that many people are split between the jam doughnuts at Queen Victoria Market, Preston Market and Olympic Doughnuts in Footscray. Personally, since I had arrived in Australia twenty five years ago – shoving these delights down my throat before I could even speak a word of English – the most addictive jam doughnuts are the ones found at the humble van sitting across the road from Footscray Market, next to the train station.


Olympic Doughnuts, owned by the same lovely couple, has been a long standing local icon for over 30 years. I still remember eagerly lining up when I was in high school, barely tall enough to even make the order for my three with jam and three without. The marvelous hot jam is injected into the dough ball using a dolphin steel dispenser and doused amongst the sugary dessert.

Some Controversy

Upsetting news is that it was close to being demolished as part of the redevelopment of the train station. I was mortified! Good news is that after much uproar from the community, it is now here to stay. People power! Don’t mess with sugar addicts!


Is it me or does the doughnut look like it’s sticking its toungue out?!

I don’t think I need to go into detail about how good these are. To give you an idea, during the past month, I have managed to gobble down more than two dozens worth with some to spare that my friends have intentionally hidden somewhere in the kitchen. I guess this is the reason why I called my blog- Food Rehab…

Food Rehab now on Facebook…Finally!

After years of being asked why I wasn’t on Facebook, I’m very excited to announce that I have finally created a Facebook page for my humble dee blog. In there, you will get to see more frequent ramblings about what’s happening in the kicthen from one disaster after the next, photos of eateries as I visit them and other super things that is happening food wise.

There are many instances where I don’t post about certain events/restaurants/recipes/experiences so I will use Facebook to log these memories in conjunction with my blog and Twitter.

So what are you waiting for, click here to visit the page and click “LIKE” or simply click on the LIKE button on the top right hand-side of this page underneath the Breakfast Indigestion logo. I promise to post the most delectable items that will surely send you to Food Rehab! Join me?

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Olympic Doughnuts on Urbanspoon

Where else can I find some jam worthy doughnuts in Melbourne?

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