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Limited-edition regional donut flavors bewilder

Mister Donut has unveiled some surprising new regional specialty flavors for December.

Mister Donut, one of the most popular donut chains in the Japanese market, has rolled out some limited-edition regional specialty donuts around Japan for the holidays, but some of their flavor ideas have customers skeptical.

"Officially called 'Pon de Umaimon,' these rings of flavor come in eight sweet or savory regional varieties that are sure to make you wonder why such a donut exists," writes Rocket News 24's Michelle Lynn Dinh.

Each of the eight specialty flavors starts with Mister Donut's signature item, the "Pon de Ring," a donut that looks like eight donut holes were stuck together into a ring shape. That ring is cut in half and filled with a flavored paste. Mister Donut shops in eastern Japan will offer the donuts in flavors like sweet edamame and mochi, savory pan-fried batter, malted rice, and buttered potato.

In western Japan, however, the flavors are mango; toast with red bean paste and butter; muscat; and okonomiyaki, a savory omelet-esque dish often referred to as "Japanese pizza."

Buttered potato and okonomiyaki donuts might be a difficult sell, but these specialty flavors will be available for 147 yen or $1.43 each through the end of December.


Mister Donut Japan to change product ingredients for first time in 42 years

On April 9, Duskin Co, operators of the Mister Donut franchise in Japan, announced they would be making changes to the batter and oil they used for their product in order to better bring out the original taste of the donuts themselves. This is the first time for Mister Donut Japan to undergo a major change in ingredients since opening 41 years ago in 1971.

Amid sluggish sales, the chain is hoping the changes will help it better compete against convenience stores which are increasingly offering full lineups of Western-style confectionaries. The new donuts will go on sale from April 26 at current prices.

Raw ingredients such as batter and honey will be changed for some products. A Mister Donut’s staple, the “Old Fashion”, will see changes made to the sugar and flour mix of its batter in order to improve the product’s texture. The sweetness of the honey used to glaze the Honey Dip will also be increased.

The company will use its own original oil for frying. The amount of trans fat has been decreased, and the donuts will be prepared in such a way to ensure they do not lose any of their original flavors such as raw milk.

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Background

When it comes to mochi donuts there are two kinds, the ones that are made from glutinous rice flour aka mochiko, or pon de ring (ポンデリング) a donut that originated from Mister Donut in Japan. The two are actually very different in texture, with the former being a lot denser and chewier, while pon de ring are much lighter and fluffier with a distinctive chew.

They are both delicious, but personally I am more of a pon de ring fan! there is something SO good about that fluffy mochi texture.


This glaze recipe really does all of the work for you. Since the consistency is perfect, not too thin and not too thick, all you have to do is dunk your warm donuts into the glaze of your choice and then allow to set on a wire rack. If you want an extra thick layer of icing, I suggest dunking your donut once and then once again after the initial glaze sets. This method will yield a super sweet and professional-looking donut.


Is it donuts or doughnuts? Whatever. These are homemade.

Depending on my mood, I like my donuts plain or fancy. When I’m feeling nostalgic, I spell them as “doughnuts.” Whatever the spelling, and whether plain or fancy, I have to have them with coffee. I’ve come to think of donuts and coffee as things that naturally and logically go together. You know, like Antony and Cleopatra. Or Phineas and Ferb.

When we were still living in the city, around the time that the girls were in pre-school, there was a phase when, almost every night, Speedy would go out on his scooter to buy donuts. There was a Dunkin’ Donuts stand a few minutes away and he’d go there, come home with a box of donuts and we’d go donut crazy. Then, Mister Donut came along, we liked Mister Donut donuts better than Dunkin’ Donuts and we shifted brands. Not long after that came Country Style Donuts with its signature apple fritters and we forgot all about Mister Donut.

We were Country Style Donuts loyalists for a long, long time. We dabbled with other brands like Gonuts Donuts (new flavors like pastillas de leche were hard to resist) and Hot Loops for a while but we always went back to Country Style Donuts. When Krispy Kreme came along, my heart didn’t flutter even a bit. By that time, I already knew that, like anything else, a good donut is not the result of massive advertising and marketing. Good donuts are made, not hyped.

So, what makes a good donut? Sam and I decided to find out a couple of weekends ago. I mixed the dough, patiently waited for it to rise, Sam cut the dough into rings then we fried them. By the end of the process, we learned that good donuts are made with a lot of love, patience and fun. And whole mountain of mess.

The first batch of donuts, I simply rolled in a mixture of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

The second batch… Well, there was some leftover ganache in the fridge, Sam reheated it until gooey and we started dipping the donuts in the chocolate. Not quite content, Sam took out the sprinkles and started decorating the chocolate-topped donuts with them. She is so creative. Much more so than I am.


12 Sugar

There's nothing quite as simple, or as pure, as a sugared donut. To some it may taste bland, but to 372 others, it's the perfect accompaniment to a cup of afternoon tea. And I have to say, I agree with the 372 Americans that voted for the sugared donut. The sugared donut is always there for you. It's nothing fancy, but it's something that you can find at almost every grocery store or bakery, and it's something that you're always in the mood for. Lemon cream might be yummy, but you definitely have to be in the mood for a flavor as strong as lemon. What about for the sugared donut, you ask? Well, there is simply never a bad time for a sugared donut.


How To Make Filipino Cheese Donut?

We don’t have to go to bakeries or look for street vendors if we want to snack on these treats, let’s try making them at home! As mentioned earlier, this is an easy no-yeast version. That means anyone can do this, even if you don’t have any background on bread making.

The ingredients we need are very common, you probably have them in your pantry right now. We will need all-purpose flour, baking powder, white sugar, salt, evaporated milk, oil, and cheese. You’ll find the measurements on the recipe table below.

First, you simply mix all the ingredients (except for the cheese) in a mixing bowl. Then you will form a dough using your hands (make sure to wash). While forming the dough, you might notice that it is still sticky. In this case, gradually sprinkle some flour to fix this.

Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. You will then knead (masahin) the dough until elastic and smooth. Form it into a log and cut into smaller pieces.

Flatten the small piece of dough and place diced cheese at the center. Make sure you can still form the dough into a ball and still keep the cheese inside. Once you finish preparing all the donuts, allow them to rest for 10 minutes.

The last part is to fry the donuts. Simply heat some cooking oil in a pan, and fry the donuts in batches. You’ll know when they are done once they turn golden brown.

Our Filipino cheese donuts won’t be complete without the sugar coating. You may either roll the donuts in sugar or sprinkle the sugar over the donuts.


Japanese Snack Reviews

My friend Shawn, who is both witty and waggish, said of the name of Mister Donut's cafe experiment called "andonand" that there seem to be quite a few more "ands" in there than necessary. It is a silly name and I actually encountered it before the Mister Donut franchise annexed itself to the name. The chain "andonand" had a shop in Shibuya at one point but it disappeared. Apparently, it is being resurrected by Mister Donut.

Mister Donut is the biggest donut chain in Japan because they know how to craft a donut for the Japanese market. They are smaller, fattier, and less sweet than donuts at places like Krispy Kreme and lighter than the dense offerings at places like New York Donut (a franchise which has kiosks in major train stations in Tokyo). They're also great at incorporating traditional Japanese flavors such as kinako (toasted soy flour), green tea, "black" sugar, and sesame into their baked treats.

While researching for a review of new donuts on offer by the venerable "Misdo", I clicked over to their "andonand" link. The concept is to provide superior service and a more refined eating experience in the shop including metal utensils and ceramic dishes, but mainly to reduce waste by avoiding disposable wrapping. Their tag line is "sweet smile and heartfelt service". While I was on the site, I couldn't help but note that there were some very appealing flavors on offer that were very different from Mister Donut's varieties. At the time of this post (and I'm sure they'll change through time), they included lemon tea, caramel custard, orange caramel, maple almond, espresso affogado, and cassis and cheese. I also noted that the donuts are significantly more expensive with prices ranging from 180 yen ($2.21) for the cheapest to 250 yen ($3.07) for the mid-range to 430 yen ($5.29) for the most expensive. Most of the common Mister Donuts are 100-180 yen in price making these a premium price by comparison.

There are currently no branches of this franchise in Tokyo, but my husband and I stumbled across one during a trip to Yokohama and couldn't resist taking advantage of the opportunity. The staff were very friendly so they lived up to their motto in that regard. As part of the more upscale experience, they pack your purchase in a Krispy-Kreme-style flat box rather than in the type at Mister Donut (which places donuts in a paper bag or vertically in a long box) We were also very surprised to see beer for sale in a donut shop. This sets this apart from standard Mister Donut, which markets a lot of kiddy toys that can be acquired through fukubako or point cards, and is clearly a family place as well as a one-stop-shop for coffee and donuts for everyone. While I think it's all well and good to target adults, I can't imagine pairing beer with donuts, but then I don't drink alcohol of any kind.

My husband is the donut aficionado so he selected more than me, but I split a caramel custard with him and had a lemon tea one for myself. The caramel custard one was sublimely good. The filling was rich, creamy and deliciously flavored with a good caramel (possibly even real) flavor that wasn't overwhelming. The lemon tea was a cake-style donut with excellent texture, and the flavor on the modest but adequate glaze was nice, but not as well balanced as I might have liked. I think it could have used a little less tea or possibly less lemon. There was too much of both for me. I didn't eat the others, but my husband said they were very good, too.

The question is whether or not these are worth the premium price compared to the more easily available and cheaper donuts you can locate at Mister Donut's regular shops. My answer is, yes. They're really good and if you want something a little special and well-made (and you're in Japan and have access to these shops), I'd say go for one, especially the caramel custard. And if you have a donut with beer, tell me how that goes for you. -)

9 comments:

I looked at the website and they all look so delicious and different! I wish we had a donut café like this out here! I'd totally go for it instead of Tim Horton's.

I would completely be done in by this shop. LOL! BTW, how was the orange caramel? That would have been my first selection, then the honey twist. Thank you for this wonderful post!

I've heard that Tim Horton's is very good, though I have to imagine that these would be pretty hard to beat!

You can't tease me with one of these on a Saturday am! I wonder if they will come to Central Japan, from your description, they sound uber delicious.

I love Tim Hortons coffee, but in my opinion, the donuts leave something to be desired. Probably because they're baked, not fried. I feel like the best donuts are usually from small shops or even grocery-store bakeries.

I tried both Mister Donut and New York Donut when I was in Japan, and predictably liked the latter much better.

Dani: I actually didn't taste the orange caramel since it was my husband's selection. I should have taken a nibble, but he had it the next day for breakfast and I didn't think to ask, sadly!

Thanks for reading and for commenting!

Mister donuts is so delicious, and cafe andonand even more so!
Also, there is one right in central Tokyo :) It's near Kamiyacho Station on the Hibiya line.

Thanks, Meow! That's good to know.

This is really interesting. :) I'm so sad I didn't see any while i was in Tokyo..


What are mochi donuts made of

Mochi Donuts contain silken tofu, glutinous rice flour, cake flour, yogurt, granulated sugar and baking powder. No eggs!

  • Silken tofu: Tofu? Yes, baking goods (made with rice flour) become hard when they are cool. Adding tofu and cake flour makes the texture of these mochi donuts much softer. Silken tofu is a Japanese-style tofu that is much softer than regular tofu. This type of tofu is usually packaged in aseptic boxes with water and doesn’t require refrigeration. You can find it in the Asian section of your local supermarket.
  • Yogurt: It makes donuts tender.
  • Glutinous rice flour: Sweet rice flour or glutinous flour is made of glutinous sushi rice. It is usually available in many supermarkets and at amazon. In case you can’t get it, here is the sweet rice flour substitute for mochi donuts: 1 ½ cup of coconut flour+ 2 tablespoons of water because coconut flour is less sticky than sweet rice flour.
  • Granulated sugar: I found that 1/3 cup makes these donuts perfectly sweet. Feel free to add more or leave it out.
  • Baking powder
  • Cake flour: If you don’t have it on hand, use 1 cup of all-purpose flour (remove 1 tablespoon) and add 1 tablespoon of corn starch.

MOTHER’S DAY OFFERING + THROWBACK DONUTS

I recently visited the SM Megamall branch of Mister Donut and took home some of their goodies. Took home some Mother’s Day Belgian Bites as a quick pasalubong for my mom, and got some Throwback Donuts and Caramel Bites and Cheese Bites for the rest of the family.

Mother’s Day Belgian Bites

The Mother’s Day Belgian Bites are P90 for 6 pcs. The Belgian Bites are chocolate donut holes with a chocolate filling, and the whole thing is covered in chocolate, too. They are decorated with a Mother’s Day theme – hearts, the word MOM, etc… They are only available for a limited time, only until Mother’s Day!

Throwback Donuts and Baked Bites

Mister Donuts made donuts inspired by the chocolates most of us grew up eating – ChocNut, Flat Tops, and Haw Haw. They are P25 each and also have a matching filling.

Here are the ChocNut and Flat Tops donuts:

The Cheese Bites and the Caramel Bites are sweet, dense cake bars that are sort of addictive, and they are only P15 each.

Mister Donut invites everyone to share the fun, family bonding moments this Mother’s Day over a box of assorted donuts, or indulging in some Belgian Bites. You may also want to cozy up at one of the Mister Donut dine-in branches and let her in on the small achievements you made at work, while savoring her favorite snackwich or pasta. So bring mom along and visit any Mister Donut shop, and make this her best day yet, one that she will surely savor and describe as a moment “na masarap sulit-ultin”.



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