You’re walking down Hawaii’s eat street – Kapahulu Avenue – after a full dinner. The night life is bustling, and people are spilling onto the street. At the end of the road, a neon sign beckons you, like the neon signs of Vegas calls to gamblers in the wee hours of the night.

“Come,” it says, “I have doughnuts.”


Malasadas, to be more exact, are a Portuguese dessert that consists of deep fried balls of yeast dough that are then coated in sugar. Variations – which are the spice of life – include different coatings (Original, Cinnamon and Li Hing – which is the flavour of Chinese dried plums), and fillings like Custard, Haupia (Coconut) and Dobash (Chocolate).


You can hardly go wrong with deep fried balls of dough, and Leonard’s Bakery is all kinds of right. They take your order, and deep fry them on demand, so you always get hot Malasadas. A crispy toasty ball of goodness is encrusted with sugar, and gives me the kind of high that rivals the memories of being a kid. I also love the filled Malasadas, which add a velvety custard-based filling to this deep fried cloud of decadence. If you’re in Hawaii, do try their flavour of the month – I had macademia whilst I was there, and while it didn’t taste overwhelmingly like macadamias, it was still a delicious creamy filling.



  1. Amy zhong November 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    mmm those doughnuts!

  2. Helen (Grab Your Fork) November 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    omg i totally want a donut now! loved donuts in the us – and they’re so cheap too!

  3. Brendon March 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    OMG this place was brilliant. Visited on a recent trip to Hawaii and couldn’t believe how good they were. I’m preparing a recipe for my website so stay tuned. Great post 🙂


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