The first time I tried the world-famous Japanese “mochi donut” was at Mister Donut. Mister Donut is a popular chain donut cafe similar to Dunkin Donuts here in the United States, but there is something different, something special, about these donuts.
Rather than tasting like sugary pieces of air (sorry, not a big fan of Dunkin lol), the donuts Mister Donuts offer are chewy and thick with a texture similar to that of mochi. I drool every time I think about them -q-
However, these donuts were not available in NYC. After leaving Japan I thought, “How long will I have to wait to eat these heavenly treats again…?” That is, until I found out that a mochi donut shop would be opening in NYC! Not only that, they also offer kitty shaped donuts and pink hot chocolate! I was sold, and decided to make the journey to NYC’s Chinatown last weekend.
The Quest for Kawaii Mochi Donuts Begins!
Sho and I take the 6 train downtown to Canal Street, the bustling center of NYC’s China Town (even more so on this day because it was the day of the Chinese New Years Parade!) Heading off onto a side street, I see a small pink shop twinkling in the distance, standing out in contrast to the brown and gray brick buildings and shops that surround. I knew we made it to The Donut Place!
It seems that they only make 25 of each color of the kitty mochi donuts everyday, so we quickly head into the bustling shop to grab some.
Is it me, or are there more places like this in NYC these days?
Walking in, I’m reminded of MTea which we just visited last weekend. It’s clear that this place is made for social media influencers hungry for cute photos. The shop decor and adorable sweets are a perfect opportunity for pics, but enough of that for now. It’s time to order our treats!
They have a nice selection of donuts all $3.21 each, quite a reasonable price! Sho picks up a “Go Nuts” chocolate and nut flavored donut and I order one pink kitty donut and the other winter special they have at the moment: The Ruby Hot Chocolate.
The hot chocolate is the first to come out and I instantly fell in love! Topped with a generous amount of pink whip cream and a heart marshmallow all in a cute pink cup, this drink is so pretty it was hard to even start drinking it! Plus, the hot chocolate itself is actually pink!! It’s the first time I’ve had such a drink, at first I thought it was white hot chocolate with red food coloring but apparently it is actually made of Ruby Chocolate, a pink chocolate similar to white chocolate with more sour notes to it. It was delicious and I highly recommend it!
So What About The Donuts..?
After a few minutes the donuts come out, it seems they make them fresh after ordering! Finally receiving my donut, it was so cute I didn’t even want to eat it! Of course I took a lot of pictures first, but when I started eating it I ate from the back first that way I could eat the adorable face last which filled me with a little bit of sadness, but it was so tasty that it didn’t matter in the end :,D
The donuts taste very similar to Mister Donut which I had in Japan, they are truly authentic mochi donuts. Both soft and chewy like a thick pasty, and not too sweet. The pink kitty seemed to be vanilla with strawberry frosting, very tasty without being too sugary. Once I finished I wanted to have another one right away!
Unfortunately Sho didn’t like his donut as much since the chocolate frosting was too sweet. Though the base is good he was expecting a more cocoa-y chocolate to be on top but it was too sugary for him. That was too bad but I still fully enjoyed my treats there, and perhaps another flavor would have suited him better.
If you’re interested in trying these famous mochi donuts for youself, make sure to visit The Dough Club on 119 Baxter St in Chinatown NYC! They are authentic with a similar taste to Mister Donuts in Japan and seem to often have some fun and cute specials. The kitty donuts and pink hot chocolate are only offered from 4pm onward so make sure to visit around that time to try the special while supplies last. Thanks for reading, and look forward to more updates as I search for the most kawaii spots in NYC! 😉