You’ve had fluffy brioche doughnuts and ones baked the old-fashioned way. Perhaps you’ve been to Carte Blanche, the Lower Greenville bakery that, many mornings, sells out of its repertoire of pastries—among them, heavenly fluted-and-fried glazed crullers. But when is the last time you bit into a springy mochi doughnut?
Also known as pon de rings in Japanese bakeries, mochi doughnuts are typically made with glutinous rice flour or tapioca flour, which is where this popular pastry gets its signature chewy texture. With the rise in popularity of mochi doughnuts, a treat originally from Japan with inspiration from American-style doughnuts, we give you a little list of where to get your hands on one (or a half dozen) around Dallas.
A beloved hometown favorite for boba tea, Fat Straws says it was the first place to introduce the chewy puffs in Dallas back around 2019 before the trend exploded. And we’re glad they did. There are four Fat Straws locations around DFW (two locations in Dallas, one in Plano, and one in Richardson), at which the donuts are made fresh daily with original flavors like strawberry, chocolate, matcha, churro, and coffee. Currently, Fat Straws offers two limited-edition sets of flavors: Diwali-inspired mango-pistachio and coconut (Nov. 1-6); and Squid Game-inspired salted dalgona, which is a sugar candy that, like the popular Netflix series, hails from Korea. Various locations
Mochinut, near the always growing area of Carrollton shopping center with over 15 Korean restaurants down Old Denton Street, is one of the most creative mochi doughnut shops in Dallas. The details in each crafted doughnut makes it as Instagram-worthy as it is delicious. They’re made fresh every hour in six rotating flavors, such as Cookie Monster, matcha, ube, and dalgona coffee. With the holidays coming up, you can expect holiday-inspired doughnuts. (Check its Instagram for weekly flavor announcements.) 3052 Old Denton Rd., #104, Carrollton
Dragon Boba is another Carrollton option. Don’t let the name fool you, they serve a nice lineup of mochi doughnuts in addition to its specialty boba tea drinks. The two go hand-in-hand. This is the old Iota Brew location, and although they changed the name, they still offer their famous crepe cakes along with other desserts. Mochi doughnuts are whipped up daily with versions that fruit lovers will appreciate: passion fruit and mango, blueberry-Earl Grey, and Nutella mixed nuts. 1060 W. Frankford Rd., #200, Carrollton
Serving mochi doughnuts out of a ghost kitchen off of I-35 and Mockingbird, Mochio Donuts is the best bang for your buck. If you want to order large quantities, this is a good spot. Mochio sells a dozen for $28 and half a dozen for $15, or get them individually for $3 each. A favorite is the Thai tea, but other fun flavors include coffee, Earl Grey, black sesame, and chocolate-banana. Order online for pick-up or get free delivery with an order of $35 or more.
Conveniently located inside Mitsuwa Super Market, Good Times Donut is a newly opened spot where you can grab mochi doughnuts before or after grocery shopping. Good Times Donuts menu is not too much unlike the ones in Japan, where unique flavors are rotated weekly with few basic flavors, like chocolate and matcha, always on standby. Currently, find citrusy yuzu, blueberry, and kinako, which is made with a nutty-tasting roasted soybean flour. 100 Legacy Dr., Plano
Cat Nguyen, who is a SR Auditor by day, writes and photographs all of her favorite North Texas food and drink spots in her spare time. Follow her tasty adventures on Instagram: @catchows.