Whenever I consider mochi doughnuts, I consider anything produced using glutinous rice flour that has been singed, which is a really huge group of food varieties. My first involvement in anything near what individuals presently generally allude to as a mochi donut was at a Japanese bread shop in New York’s East Village. The donut was formed like a cruller and covered with sugar. It came enveloped by a cellophane baggie that was taped closed. It didn’t appear to be too appealing: Condensation from the mugginess and sugar had misted up the cellophane and it just looked meh, however a baked good cook companion demanded I attempt it. Heavenly donut openings, it was great! Fresh outwardly and chewy within, it was lighter and less sweet than your normal donut.

Quick forward quite a long while and one more form of the mochi donut started moving around the world. Frosted in all unique striking tones, these doughnuts were molded like a child’s therapeutic ring, comprised of eight mixture balls stayed together all around. In Japan, these doughnuts are called pon de ring on account of their likeness to the chewy Brazilian cheddar bread pão de queijo. (Pon de ring was first delivered by the donut chain Mister Donut in Japan in 2003.) Oddly, neither pon de ring or pão de queijo are made with glutinous rice flour. Both normally use custard flour, and keeping in mind that pão de queijo is sans gluten, most plans for pon de ring likewise incorporate wheat flour. So WHy aRe ThEY cALleED MoCHI doughnutS ThEN?!

A few people propose the name has less to do with the glutinous rice flour that we frequently partner with food varieties called mochi and more to do with the expression mochi-mochi, which depicts an interestingly delicate yet versatile or even fun surface. On her site, Just One Cookbook, Namiko Hirasawa Chen expresses: “In Japanese, we portray Pon de Ring’s mochi-like surface as mochi-mochi (モチモチしてる) or mocchiri (モッチリしている) surface, yet it doesn’t generally imply that the food being depicted is made of mochi. For instance, bagels with a chewy surface can be portrayed as having a mochi-like surface.”