I recently found a cart in downtown Portland serving up Vietnamese mini donuts. At long last, would I be re-united with the fluffiest bit of sesame flavored, fried dough?
No such luck!
The lightly-fried sesame donuts you can find roaming most street corners in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, are not to be out done. I noticed these donut gurus usually worked in teams, one kneading the flaky dough, the other person frying with a light touch. At the end of this collaboration, the donuts were doused in a little sesame seed/sugar mixture and their fried perfection was ethereal, light, something out of this world. Everyday, I'd purchase one to 'just eat a bite,' then manage to gobble up the tender treat in a matter of moments. They were impossibly dainty and barely sweetened. If you're going to eat fried food, this is how it should be!
The version served to me here in Portland, while very fresh and tasty, didn't have that unbeatable fluff and airiness as the donuts in Vietnam. Plus, these were small, very yellow inside (potato flour?) and definitely bore a different shape. They were tasty, yes, but nothing in comparison to the best donuts I've every had, along the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
Have you had a Vietnamese style donut? What'd you think of it?
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(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)