One food that foreigners miss while in China is doughnuts. Sure, Shanghai has its “Mister Donut” shop, but those small, hard doughnuts never impressed me. Then there are those that call Chinese youtiao (fried bread-like sticks) a “Chinese doughnut,” but I find that very suggestion laughable. A proper doughnut is a whole different animal. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to stumble across these yesterday near West Lake in Hangzhou:
Fresh, soft, and dusted in powdered sugar. No glaze, and they were a bit heavy (not exactly Krispy Kreme), but they had the familiar taste of the authentic doughnut. The best part: only 1 RMB each.
I hope these make it to Shanghai! Has anyone else out there had true doughnut experiences in China? (I’m much more interested in this kind, pioneered by locals and sold cheaply, than in some kind of ridiculous luxury import scheme.)