Have you ever had a malasada? They’re the Portuguese version of a doughnut. They’re simultaneously puffy and dense, covered in sugar or cinnamon or li-hing powder, and absolutely amazing when eaten hot and fresh. They’re wildly popular in Hawaii, and the most famous place to get them is Leonard’s Bakery, which just happens to be directly across the street from my house.
Leonard’s serves malasadas fresh from the fryer from 5:30 am to 10 pm every day, and there is almost always a line. They’re that good. They also make malasada puffs, which are filled with a variety of custard flavors including original, haupia (coconut), dobash (chocolate,) and a flavor of the month, usually some sort of tropical fruit action. I got you a plain custard and a dobash malasada, and rounded off the box with classic sugar-covered plain malasadas. You’re really going to want to eat these hot. It’s sort of the best thing ever.
Leonard’s also serves some of the things you can find at your average bakery, like cupcakes and danishes, but if you’re going to try something other than the malasadas, I suggest trying their pao doce, which is Portuguese sweet bread. It’s pretty much heavenly.
If you live on Oahu, you’ve been to Leonard’s, and you should definitely go again. If you are visiting Oahu, you should definitely visit Leonard’s and try a hot malasada. It’s just a mile inland from Waikiki. If you walk there, you won’t feel as guilty for stuffing your face.
Hot malasadas from Leonard’s are a must. Do it!