We have come a long way from the classic jelly-filled, glazed, and powdered donut. Over the years, the donut industry has seen a growing number of innovative trends, from the hybrid croissant donut invention called the Cronut to donuts covered with cereal like Fruity Pebbles to the savory donut sandwich stuffed with fried chicken and bacon.
The Best Donuts in Vegas: Mochi Edition
What is a mochi donut? Mochi is made from glutinous, short-grain rice and tastes like regular rice. The difference is that it has a softer, chewier and almost bouncy texture. Mochi is commonly used in popular Japanese desserts like mochi ice cream. The mochi donut resulted from the delicious marriage between the chewy mochi and the sweet American donut, which created a donut that looks like a big colorful ring. As Beyonce says, if you like it, put a ring on it. Here are five places where you can find fantastic mochi donuts.
Mochinut Las Vegas
Only two months old, Mochinut Las Vegas already has a solid following of donut lovers. The store in Chinatown is hard to miss with a gigantic mochi Donut as the logo, which one can almost hear calling out to passersby to come into the store. It’s the sticky, sweet rice flour that gives the Mochinut Donuts the crisp exterior and soft, chewy interior.
Mochinut Donuts are coated and glazed with flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, matcha, earl grey and topped with various toppings like cookies, fruits, flakes and nuts. The owners have created a corner store for customers to pose with their mochi donuts for Instagram-ready photos.
Aware Coffee & Tea Lounge
Don’t be fooled by the name of this place. They have more than just coffee and tea. They are serious about mochi Donuts and integrate coffee or tea flavors into the mochi Donuts like the “Vietnamese Cold Brew with Condensed Milk” or the “Earl Grey Lavender mochi donut”. What makes Aware Coffee & Tea Lounge stand out is that diners can enjoy a mochi donut paired with coffee or tea. They have a full menu of both cold and hot coffees and teas as well as smoothies.
At Paina Café, the team believes that the tastiest and freshest foods help inspire conversation, creativity, fun and happiness. Originally from Hawaii, Paina Cafe has always been known for its Poke Bowls. With high-profile collaborations last year with partners like Hello Kitty, Paina Café’s mochi donuts inevitably will pop up on your Instagram feed from fans posting photos with the photogenic donuts. These days, one cannot mention mochi donuts without mentioning Paina Café.
One can expect a new batch of fresh donuts daily from Paina Café. They carry classic favorites like strawberry and matcha and have non-traditional flavors pop up like Brioche Crunch or Passion Orange Guava. Check the restaurant’s social media platforms for new flavors! Donuts are available starting at 8 a.m.
These mochi donuts are not only delicious but adorable because these are mini mochi donuts. Many of the flavors Mochi Bitez creates are inspired by the owners who are Filipino. Filipino desserts are often incorporated into the donut creations like Biko, a sticky rice dessert, or Halo Halo, an ice cream creation with a blend of fruits, beans, seeds and flakes. New flavors are created frequently, like the lilikoi, which has a white chocolate base and is topped off with toasted macadamia nuts. Mochi Bitez mochi donuts can be ordered online at Mochi Bitez.
Mochidon is home to the popular blue berry cheesecake, ube crumble and matcha Oreo mochi donuts, which are considered the fan favorites. Chef Noel creates the fresh, made-to-order mochi donuts from a ghost kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas. The secret to the delicious tasting donuts is to ensure the donuts are “not too soft, not too chewy and not too airy.” The donuts can be ordered at Mochidon and picked up from three different locations. The Chef-inspired flavors and gourmet toppings rotate regularly. Be sure to check Mochidon’s social media pages to ensure you do not miss any new flavors.