Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be writing about Colorado's rich culinary scene. But as of last weekend, Denver’s doughnut (and muffin) lineup just got a little bit sweeter. Third Culture’s baked goods are inspired by Japanese mochi and the flavors Butarbutar grew up with in Indonesia. Living With Depression and Anxiety During a Global Pandemic, Colorado’s 2020–21 Ski Season Will Look A Bit Different, The History of Museums Is More Fraught Than You Might Think, Why Tipping Is A Broken System For Restaurant Workers—and Owners, Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities. 5280 has a newsletter for everyone. After falling in love in Berkeley, CA, Chef Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu started. We say, the more mochi treats, the better. The mochi butter doughnuts ($3 to $3.25) have a squishier (in a good way) texture than the muffins and come in a rainbow of colors and flavors. But as of last weekend, Denver’s doughnut (and muffin) lineup just got a little bit sweeter. To complement all the carb magic, Third Culture pours a variety of coffee and tea drinks ($2.50 to $7). There’s no shortage of sweet spots in the metro area where Denverites can satisfy their cravings for pastries, from the decadent confections at the Donut House to delicate custard-and-fruit-filled beauties at Tokyo Premium Bakery. The Third Culture Bakery Story. Try one of the stellar matcha concoctions, like a latte or plover (matcha, soda water, simple syrup, and whipped cream), prepared in the traditional Japanese style using a bamboo whisk, a tea bowl, and a strainer. Suite 675 There’s no shortage of sweet spots in the metro area where Denverites can satisfy their cravings for pastries, from the decadent confections at the Donut House to delicate custard-and-fruit-filled beauties at Tokyo Premium Bakery. ... Take a piece of the Third Culture spirit home and wear it loud and proud! Third Culture’s baked goods are inspired by Japanese mochi and the flavors Butarbutar grew up with in Indonesia. We are Third Culture Bakery, home of the Original Mochi Muffin®, butter mochi donuts, and other foods and drinks inspired by our upbringing as Third Culture Kids—kids who grew up in a culture different than that of their parent’s. Born out of a desire to create something new that remains culturally relevant and told a story of nostalgia, Chef Sam Butarbutar hopes that his creations can spark conversations and dialogues with every bite. Third Culture sources its sesame seeds from an 11th-generation Japanese family farm, and then stone-mills the seeds in-house for 72 hours; the jet black sesame paste brings deep, nutty flavor to the sesame muffin and icing on the sesame mochi doughnut. We are Third Culture Bakery, home of the Original Mochi Muffin®, butter mochi donuts, and other foods and drinks inspired by our upbringing as Third Culture Kids—kids who grew up in a culture different than that of their parent’s. THE MOCHI MUFFINS® Created in 2014, Chef Sam created his trademark Mochi Muffin® to honor and tell the story of his childhood in Indonesia and baking with his mom. Butarbutar and Shyu plan to add more menu items to their Aurora menu soon—think: mochi brownies, waffles, and bread pudding—and have a second bakery in central Denver in the works, too. 5280 Publishing, Inc. Third Culture sources its sesame seeds from an 11th-generation Japanese family farm, and then stone-mills the seeds in-house for 72 hours; the jet black sesame paste brings deep, nutty flavor to the sesame muffin and icing on the sesame mochi doughnut. There’s also a brownie-like chocolate version, an earthy matcha, and a sugar-and-cinnamon-coated churro variety. Sam Butarbutar is the culinary mastermind behind the creations at Third Culture, which he founded in 2016 with his life and business partner Wenter Shyu. You may also find our pastries at one of the many coffee shops and partner locations near you. More unusual options include jasmine milk tea and the gorgeous, gently sweet ube (purple yam). Butarbutar’s use of real fruit juices in his icings give them far more complex flavor than typical doughnut glazes, as proved by first tastes of the mango-passion fruit, yuzu-lemon, and strawberry cream varieties. , home of the Original Mochi Muffin®, butter mochi donuts, and other foods and drinks inspired by our upbringing as Third Culture Kids—kids who grew up in a culture different than that of their parent’s. Using California-grown mochiko rice flour from the prestigious Koda Farms, organic French-style butter, our own house-made blend of pandan and coconut milk. More unusual options include jasmine milk tea and the gorgeous, gently sweet ube (purple yam). Keep me up to date on the latest trends and happenings around Denver. They started out selling their mochi muffins to coffee shops in the Bay Area, and quickly gained a cult following. , offering pastries reflective of their childhood in Indonesia and Taiwan. Butarbutar’s use of real fruit juices in his icings give them far more complex flavor than typical doughnut glazes, as proved by first tastes of the mango-passion fruit, yuzu-lemon, and strawberry cream varieties. Follow her food reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating. Our flagship location showcases our mission of inclusivity, acceptance, and love. After falling in love in Berkeley, CA, Chef Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu started their bakery journey together in 2016, offering pastries reflective of their childhood in Indonesia and Taiwan. have a squishier (in a good way) texture than the muffins and come in a rainbow of colors and flavors. There are six varieties of muffins and 12 flavors of doughnuts to choose from. There are six varieties of muffins and 12 flavors of doughnuts to choose from. “I don’t want to be cheesy, but I just really love Colorado,” says Shyu. which gives them their signature chewy goodness), organic Indonesian coconut sugar, and French-style butter from a Bay Area dairy farm. more menu items to their Aurora menu soon—think: mochi brownies, waffles, and bread pudding—and have a second bakery in central Denver in the works, too. The original mochi muffin ($3.95), is a marvel, with a crisp, caramelized exterior and, well, mochi-like chewiness inside, run through with the flavors of brown butter and coconut. opened in Aurora, introducing us to a different breed of treat: mochi muffins and mochi butter doughnuts. Building a bakery to become a symbol of diversity, inclusiveness, and acceptance. The Bay Area-born bakery’s popular rice-flour treats may just become your new obsession. The Mochi Muffin® is a registered trademark of Third Culture Bakery by the USPTO.