Kürtőskalács, or chimney cake, is a traditional Hungarian dessert – so called because the bread-like pastry is wrapped around a spit in a truncated cone, then roasted over a charcoal fire, with the end product resembling a hot chimney. The cakes have a rich history dating back to medieval times, and was once favoured by Hungarian nobility in the 18th century.
In Malaysia, you can get these sweet treats from Rollney, which has outlets in major shopping centres in the Klang Valley. Apparently the brand has been around since 2017, but I only came across it recently while shopping at Setia City Mall in Shah Alam.
N and I just had lunch and were craving something sweet, so this was right up our alley. Although seats are limited at the kiosk, I recommend dining in as eating the chimney cake can get pretty messy due to its sugar coating.
You can choose to have the bread on its own with flavours such as cinnamon, chocolate, and peanut, or as ‘fries’ ie chopped up into bite-sized pieces and drizzled over with peanut and chocolate sauces. Savoury rolls with sausage and chicken are also available. We opted for ice cream with our chimney cake, where the bread acted in place of a cone. Again, it’s pretty messy because the cake doesn’t have a base, so your melted ice cream pools to the bottom of the paper cup.
Staff in action rolling the dough.
The ‘cake’ is baked then rolled in granulated sugar.
We went for the Honey Pretz (RM15.90), which came with mini pretzels and chopped peanuts, drizzled over with honey syrup. You can’t see it but they put cornflakes to fill up the ‘hole’ at the bottom, which was an odd addition because the ice cream made the cornflakes soggy.
I like the chimney cake. It has a solid, slightly chewy texture, with a crisp crust coated in sugar. The ice cream can do with some improvement, though. There was way too much ice and not enough cream; felt like a sorbet. I did not think it was worth paying RM15.90 for it, especially when McDonald’s churns out good vanilla sundaes for like 1/3 of the price. Cake = good, ice cream = not so much.
Would I have Kürtőskalács from Rollney again? Maybe, but minus the ice cream. I think it goes better with something like cream in the hollow. Something to consider for their menu?
LG-K03, Lower Ground Floor, Setia City Mall, No. 7, Persiaran Setia Dagang, Shah Alam