Mister Donut is a large donut chain with stores all over Asia. Originating actually in the USA they first came to Japan in 1971 opening a store in Osaka. Now you see them every where. Mister Donut is now known in the USA as Dunkin-Donuts.
I first came across Mister Donut in Japan when I was catching the Safege suspended monorail at Ofuna to Enoshima. I had heard that they did one vegan donut called Fuka Fuka Yaki and is intended for customers with allergies. On entering the counter is filled with all kinds of flavours but the vegan one you have to ask for as it’s stored in the freezer you say “Atatamete kudasai” at the counter (can you warm it please).
I have tried making these donuts at home a few times but this is by far the easiest way (it may not be the traditional method but it’s the simplest and with just a few ingredients!)
It’s Easter weekend and I thought I would make the Mister Donut signature pon de ring which consists of 8 small donut balls in a ring shape.
These are just dipped in vegan chocolate to look like the traditional pon de ring but you could dip them in pink icing maybe for Sakura season.
You will need:
96g of Dango flour (glutinous rice flour)
96g of pancake mix
200g of silken tofu
(vegan chocolate or icing of choice)
Combine all your ingredients to make a dough. Make a ball and flatten it out and cut into 8 pieces like this.
Then take each piece and do the same again
Roll each triangle into balls and put them side by side in a ring shape slightly touching on pieces of square cut parchment paper.
When you have made all 8, add some neutral oil to a pan enough to half submerge your donuts. I used Tiana coconut butter that has no smell or you could use something like vegetable oil. Heat up the oil and a few at a time lower the parchment in to the oil using a spatula.
Fry until golden then remove the parchment and flip them over to cook on the other side.
Remove and leave to cool on a wire rack, while you cook the rest.
If your dipping them in chocolate break up the chocolate into a bowl and melt by placing the bowl just inside a pan of simmering water to melt. Then take each pon de ring and half dip in chocolate and replace back on to the wire rack, you can sprinkle with a little coconut if you like.
I placed mine in the freezer for five minutes just to set the chocolate.
Like all fresh donuts they are best eaten on the day you make them.
There are some delicious vegan donuts available in Japan now what’s your favourite? I think one of mine has to be Good Town Doughnuts In Tokyo, not all their donuts are vegan but they have a few options.
This place has now closed down. However I have just heard they have now moved inside next door to the little bakery Tokyo as of June 2021.
Also there is The Little Bakery Tokyo next door which do the most delicious vegan cinnamon rolls.
I just can’t wait until we can travel again until then I hope you try making these pon de ring for a little nostalgia of Japan. Happy Easter!