Shortly after the “Better Than Boyfriend” Churro101 came to Singapore at Bugis Plus, the Korean (food) wave continues to hit our shores with the introduction of Mr Churro. (Read: 10 Best Churros In Singapore)
With a total of 18 outlets in Korea, Mr Churro calls itself “an artisanal churros kiosk producing delectable churros with the best ingredients”, now opened as a takeaway kiosk at Orchard ION Basement 4.
The churros come in many different shapes, some in over-the-top fashion – curved, lengthy, or a few sticking out of a softserve cup. As if just one is not enough.
Mr Churro offers a 50 cm long (that is 19.7 inches long) Original Churro ($4.50), $0.50 for additional dips in flavours such as Blueberry, Dark Chocolate, Milk Custard.
Unique items include the Nutty Churro ($5.90), Ice Cream Churro ($6.50) with 2 flavours: Banana Milk and Vanilla and Filler Churro ($4.90) with Chocolate Custard and Milk Custard.
Other than Churros, Banana Milk or Vanilla Ice Cream ($3.50), Ade Green Grape ($3.50) and Frappe ($5.50) are available.
Churros are baked on the spot upon request. Waiting time for us was 10-15 minutes on a non-peak timing.
Each churro is deep fried to give it a golden brown crust, before dusting it with a specific ratio of sugar and cinnamon.
Not too sweet and overwhelming, with the right amount of cinnamon. We liked it.
The lengthy Original Churro cost $4.50 here, almost twice the price of what it would have cost back in Korea (KRW 2000, approx SGD$2.40).
Our favourite was the Banana Milk Ice Cream Churro ($6.50), with smoothly rich and milky milk softserve, with a lingering taste of bananas which reminded us of the Korean drink 바나나우유 (pronounced as ‘Ba-na-na ooo-you’).
The oats added some crunch, reminding us of a daily milk with cereal breakfast. Coupled with 4 sticks of churros sticking out, this is like a hearty ‘meal’.
The Nutty Churro ($5.90) came in a kacang-puteh look-alike takeaway cup – crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, decent chocolate sauce, but the added almond flakes and peanuts did little to enhance the taste.
The Chocolate Custard filled Churro ($4.90) looked similar to its competitor, though paled in comparison – less chocolatey, more expensive, not as colourful and varied.
There were also some consistency issues, with varying standards amongst those we tried. Some more crispy, some doughy.
And so yes, the boyfriend wins Mr Churro.
Our honest opinion? The local customers are not into churros as much as the Koreans, and this will just be another passing fad, rather than something consumers will order on a regular basis.
What 2015 taught us is: trends are getting shorter, and Mr Churro will need to churn out something more substantial to stand the test of time.
Mr Churro SG
ION Orchard #B4-61, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape. Additional input by @DanielFoodDiary