Fried, filled, dusted, and glazed — in search of the capital’s signature fried pastry in every form
Hot, fried, adorably puffy and round, malassadas are some of the most delightful confections found all over Honolulu. They range from palm-size to bigger than your hand. A traditional malassada is simply coated in white granulated sugar, but they are frequently served with flavored sugars and fillings. Some are denser, others airier; some are almost wet, others perilously dry; each style has its proponents, and I have come to believe there truly is a malassada for every desire.
Eggier than a typical mainland yeasted doughnut, malassadas came to Hawai‘i in the 19th century with immigrant workers from the Azores and Madeira, who brought with them this Portuguese fried dough. Malassadas make for an easy breakfast, but many bakeries stay open through the evening, as they also make for a perfect afternoon snack or … Read more