Traveling Taiwan: Mister Donut (Part 11 of 24)
So, why travel all the way to Taiwan only to make an extra special stop at a donut shop that was founded in Boston? Simple. I can’t get it in LA.
Apparently, the story goes that the founder of Mister Donut, Harry Winnouker, parted ways with partner Bill Rosenberg, founder of Dunkin’ Donuts. Mister Donut did well, expanded, turned into a franchise, and then was bought by the same company that bought Dunkin’ Donuts, so all the Mister Donuts in North America pretty much became Dunkin’ Donuts, except for one. Of course, a Japanese company acquired the rights to Mister Donut for Asia back in the 80s, and the brand is huge in Taiwan.
While all the local Taiwanese folk were lined up around the block to buy boxes and boxes Krispy Kreme Donuts, I happily sauntered into a Mister Donut and enjoyed a cup of matcha green milk tea and a tasty array of aesthetically pleasing donuts.
I used to love donuts as a kid and was all into Krispy Kreme when it was the rage back in the 90s, but since I’ve become more of a princess these days when it comes to food, donuts are hardly on my menu. However, one of the reasons I particularly like the donuts at Mister Donut in Asia is that they’re not overwhelmingly sweet or dripping with grease.
There are also some interesting flavors like this soda one, which tasted kind of like Japanese ramune soda sugar crystals to me.
There were some really adorable little taster boxes available for the holiday season that had miniature donuts and donut holes available so I could have my own little selection of flavors.
Wish they would open an Asian Mr. Donut here in LA. I’m sure they’ll rival the Krispy Kreme lines in Taiwan.
Enough with the delicious foods. I’m on a weight cut diet right now. Next up, let’s get back to some history at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial and the Sun Yat Sen Memorial.