Behold the Malasada!

If you’re ever on Oahu, near Waikiki, and are having a bad case of snack munchies, you’ll enjoy one of Hawaii’s perfect foods – the Malasada.

The Malasada is a pastry item that is somewhat similar to a doughnut. However, the Malasada is fist-sized pastry, and does not have a hole. The basic Malasada is rolled in sweet white sugar, and has an outer brown crust with a slight hint of crunchiness, and a very soft bread-like interior. The effect on your taste buds is devastating. Also, for perfect results, the Malasada must be eaten hot!

Now there may be a few bakeries and restaurants that offer Malasadas in Hawaii, but the finest tasting examples with the perfect texture comes from only one place: Leonard’s Bakery in Honolulu. Leonard’s is located on 933 Kapahulu Avenue (phone number: 808-737-5591), just about 5 minutes outside of Waikiki. There is also a smaller Leonard’s Jr. bakery in the Pearl City area at the Waimalu Shopping Plaza. In addition a couple of mobile trailers offer hot Malasadas in various rotating locations around Oahu.

Leonard’s offers Malasadas with fillings as well (chocolate, coconut, guava, etc), but to us, the basic classic version, rolled in white sugar is the best thing around.

The best part? They only cost about 50 cents each! (Of course, you’ll want more than one). How’s that for cheap eats?

Comments are closed