In addition to Fliptop, we also discovered an interesting dessert truck at the Columbia StrEAT event. This truck sells one thing, an East European dessert called Slavic Roll, hence the truck name “Slavic Rolls”.
The slavic roll is a big hollow donut-like pastry cylinder. They make it by wrapping a long strip of dough around this cylindrical baking apparatus, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, then it is placed in a rotisserie oven to bake.
For $5.99 you get one Slavic Roll and two types of filling. They smear a healthy serving of filling on the two ends of the cylinder, give it a nice squish and they are ready to be eaten. You can get one with three fillings for $6.99.
We ordered one with the Bavarian Cream and Nutella. The roll did remind me of donut, especially the cinnamon sugar on the outside, but it’s thinner and slightly denser. It’s a bit crisper than I expected but I thought it’s quite good. The choice of Bavarian cream and Nutella added sweet, creamy texture, as well as chocolate and nutty flavours to the Slavic roll. By squishing the roll they made it easier to hold and eat it, and the pastry just pulled apart so you could share with friends. Our East European friend AA gave it a taste and she said, while it’s good, the roll shouldn’t have been squished and it’s a bit too crispy for her liking.
Other fillings available included apple, raspberry, blueberries, strawberry and lemon. I wouldn’t mind trying it again with strawberry and lemon filing.
Overall I thought this is a tasty interpretation of fried dough. It’s also a fun way to not only indulge yourself in a dessert, but to also share one with others. It may not be the version AA grew up eating, but I would suggest you to try it when you see them next!