Slavic Rolls (Food Cart/Truck)

Restaurant: Slavic Rolls
Cuisine: Dessert/Eastern European
Last Visited: February 8, 2013
Location: 
Abbotsford, BC (Sometimes Vancouver)
Address: 
Various locations
Price Range: $10 or less

1Poor 2OK 3Good 4Very good 5Excellent 6FMF Must Try!

Food: 4
Service: n/a
Ambiance: n/a
Value: 3.5
Overall: n/a
Additional comments:

  • Family owned/operated
  • Eastern European dessert
  • Franchise
  • Dessert only menu
  • Baked dessert
  • Homemade fillings
  • Family friendly
  • Budget friendly
  • For locations/hours: @SlavicRolls

**Recommendations: Slavic roll with Bavarian Cream and Nutella, Slavic roll with Blueberry and Apple Pie, Slavic roll with Lemon and Coconut

Slavic Rolls (1)Tomorrow is the last Saturday for the February Food Truck Festival at the Vancouver Farmers Market (Nat Bailey Stadium). If you don’t try Slavic Rolls then I’m not sure when the opportunity will come again unless you live in Abbotsford, or the deeper suburbs. While I’m all for traveling to find amazing food, lessening my carbon footprint is never a bad thing. While you’re there you may want to check out Crêperie La Bohème, Old Country Pierogi, Pig on the Street, Yolk’s Breakfast, Le Tigre, or ChiliTank, as well as many others.

This is one of Vancouver’s few dessert only street food vendors and it’s unique and ethnic to Vancouver’s street food scene. This part Turkish and part Italian family moved to Canada in 2008 from Istanbul, Turkey. They came looking for a better quality of life and Rifat (Raphael) Baruh wanted to start his own business, and Slavic Rolls presented itself as the right opportunity. His wife Corrine helps him most days and their twin sons Bertan and Serkan help during busier days. I was very lucky to meet the whole gang as Raphael treated me to his Slavic Rolls… actually he hand fed me them. *Blush*.

Slavic Rolls (2)Look at him! Look how happy he is! This is not a fake smile or “for the camera”, this is the joy that comes across his face no matter what time of day or what the weather is like. I’ve only met him once, but he has a very memorable and warm personality and he makes everyone feel like family. I think he was one Slavic Roll away from singing and dancing.

Raphael is the owner of Slavic Rolls which is actually a small franchise, and this is the only one in BC. I was actually quite surprised it was a franchise because I’ve never heard of it before although I’ve tried versions of these “Slavic Rolls” before in Eastern Europe. Nonetheless it doesn’t feel commercial or “franchise-like” and Raphael is as passionate as any street food vendor who started his business from scratch. His love for making slavic rolls and meeting his customers is obvious from the moment you see him. He’s quite the personality and one of the most welcoming and warm hearted street food vendors. If you don’t fall in love with his Slavic Rolls then you’ll fall in love with his family.

Slavic Rolls (6)Slavic Rolls are traditional Eastern European desserts made from sweet yeast dough. The pastry dough is wrapped around a wooden cylinder…

Slavic Rolls (8)… and rolled in cinnamon and sugar before being baked in a rotisserie oven.

Slavic Rolls (9)The sugars caramelize as it bakes and after they are rolled in your choice of toppings (coconut, sprinkles, or almonds etc). The inside is spread with your choice of fillings (fruit fillings/jams, Nutella, etc.), but the favourite is Corrine’s rich and indulgent homemade Bavarian cream. One whiff of these freshly baked pastries will make you want to curl up to one. These healthier versions of a doughnut are popular at Christmas Markets in Europe, but in Vancouver you won’t need to wait until then.

Currently Slavic Rolls is licensed in Abbotsford, but you can occasionally catch them at the Richmond Night Market, Steveston Farmers Market, Vancouver Farmers Market and Royal City Farmers Market.

On the table:

Slavic Rolls (4)**Slavic Roll filled with home made Bavarian Cream & Local Honey4.5/6 (Very good-Excellent)

  • $5/roll with your choice of two toppings
  • All the fillings are home made to follow Vancouver Farmers Market guidelines, but they are not always.
  • It depends on the festival and occasion, but home made is always ideal.
  • The Bavarian Cream was definitely my favourite and it wasn’t too sweet. It was rich, thick and luscious and smooth throughout.
  • The honey had a noticeably higher water content so I wasn’t too keen on it.
  • It was a freshly baked sweet pastry coming straight from the oven, so how bad could it be? They’re delightful.
  • The outside of the pastry is a bit crisp and the pastry tastes like a sweeter yeast dough.
  • It is thin, flexible and a bit chewy yet tender.
  • It is reminiscent of a churro with the cinnamon and sugar, but baked so it is healthier.
  • These Slavic Rolls have more potential and they can get even better, but the business is still growing.
  • I’ve also had these at Transylvania Bakery in downtown Vancouver, but they don’t offer as much variety in toppings and fillings.

Slavic Rolls (10)Slavic Roll in Coconut & Slavic Roll in Cocoa Powder ($5 each)

Slavic RollsThis is what it could look like and he’s very capable of doing it, but is working with limited resources right now. Hopefully he’ll get there soon!

17 Comments

  • Josh M says:

    Slavic roll with Bavarian Cream and Nutella, Slavic roll with Blueberry all for $5 WHAT?

  • Mijune says:

    @Josh – $5 for one roll!! 🙂

  • Hungry Slif says:

    There’s a bakery called Transylvanian Traditions on Davie and Thurlow that sells them. They don’t make with the fancy fillings, but the rolls themselves are pretty gimongous!

  • Mijune says:

    @Hungry Slif – I wrote almost the same sentence in the description part “I’ve also had these at Transylvania Bakery in downtown Vancouver, but they don’t offer as much variety in toppings and fillings.” 🙂 Thank you for the comment though! 🙂

  • Steve says:

    Next time try the Slavic roll with Bavarian Cream and Raspberry Jam (if they have it). The tartness of the Raspberry Jam contrasts beautifully with the creaminess of the Bavarian Cream. Delish!

  • Bow says:

    What a wonderful story…classic story of an immigrant coming to a new country and finding happiness, bringing his culture, nice. I am surprised to see a dessert food cart but it looks good and would appeal to those who don’t want heavy meat dishes.

  • Mijune says:

    @steve – that is a great idea! it’s like a jelly doughnut… a boston cream meets a jelly doughnut 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    @Bow – I know! It is the only dessert food cart in Vancouver right now! It’s a lovely family and they really are the most welcoming people!

  • jed molina says:

    I am so addicted to these rolls! I go to night market almost every week to get these! 🙂

  • Mijune says:

    @jed – LOL! The family is a hoot!

  • Ann R. says:

    I had the opportunity to try one of these last night with a friend at the Sardis Park Eco-Market.
    We were stuffed after a Japanese dinner, and walked around debating whether or not we should try one. We are so glad we stopped by the cart. not only was Raphael extremely charming, the rolls were probably one of the best desserts I have had in a long time. We had the Bavarian Cream with the Nutella. These could easily become a problem for me, so a good thing he is not too close to home. Wonderful!!!!

  • Mijune says:

    @Ann R. – I KNOW! Isn’t he lovely??? The whole family is! I love their spirit!

  • DAVID SABATE says:

    Hi Rifat Baruh. AMIGO….. Se ven muy buenos !! Tengo que irlos a probar… Un abrazo muy especial desde Cairo. Tu Hermano de Barcelona. DAVID Sabaté & Familly.

  • Jeffrey says:

    Holà hermano. Estoy muy contento de te ver como asi, muy feliz.
    Un abrazo muy grande amigo y bravo para tu felizidad.
    Jean-François.

  • Excellent article! I am looking forward to trying one of their Slavic rolls at the food cart fest in New West today. Thanks for introducing me to the gang and their lovely dessert.

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