If you frequent the foodie side of Instagram, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a peculiar new donut shape appear recently. Mochi donuts are a combination of your classic American donut and mochi, a Japanese dessert made with sticky, glutinous flour. Together, you’ve got a delicacy that delivers a crunch on the outside and a sweet and extra chewy center.
The mochi donut craze has been in New York for a while and has recently been infecting Boston with the highly contagious affinity for these delicious glazed rings of dough. Here are the best spots in Boston to delight in mochi donuts!
Boston’s first mochi donut shop, Pon De Joy, opened in early October 2021 in Allston and has been selling out frequently ever since. Opened by Kimchipapi Kitchen, a Korean restaurant in Allston, Pon De Joy serves donut flavors like Oreo Cookie, Black Sesame, Earl Grey, Peanut Butter Toffee, and our personal favorite, Matcha. Be warned: they sell out early on the weekends, so get there early or go on a weekday.
Pon de Joy is located inside of Super 88 market in Allston and they are set to open their second location in Newton this fall!
Find Pon de Joy at 1 Brighton Ave., Allston
Pon de Joy will also open in Newton in late 2022 at 212 Sumner St.-date to be announced
Part of a larger chain across the US, Mochinut has a wide variety of flavors like Ube(purple yam), Yuzu, Taro(white root vegetable), and Churro. This mochi donut shop is also located in Allston and conveniently inside the bubble-tea chain Gong Cha, so you can have a sweet drink, too!
Find Mochinut at 154 Harvard Ave., Allston
3. Mochi Dough, Copley
Finally, a mochi donut place in the heart of the city! Mochi Dough just opened its doors in August and thankfully it did because Mochi Dough is right smack dab on Newbury street, so it’s pretty accessible whether you’re a commuter or Bostonian. Mochi Dough is part of a large franchise and offers eight flavors weekly from a bank of over 100. Not only are these donuts amazing, but Mochi Dough is located in a shared space with the Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Real and next door to the bubble tea shop Ten One Tea House. You can get grab a meal, mochi donuts, and boba all in the same trip!
Find Mochi Dough at 279 Newbury St, Boston