Like Sample? – Leonards Malasadas

Posted on February 10, 2014

SMPL: Leonards Malasadas

After our SMPL post on Local Stops “Red Velvet Malasada Cheesecakes”, we got a few suggestions that we do a spotlight on the OG of malasada trucks, Leonards Malasadas.
Locals and visitors alike know Leonards, and its the first thing that crosses their minds when someone says “Malasada”.


So here it is, one of the most popular street food items in all of Hawaii, the classic Leonards Malasada.

A Portuguese fried doughnut rolled in sugar. Simple, yet tasty, and so quintessentially Hawaii.
Hot and sugary, with a soft and flakey and chewy texture inside.


You can get them tossed in cinnamon, li hing powder, and even filled with custard/dobash/haupia. Stop by their flagship bakery on Kapahulu Ave, or stop by one of their many food trucks scattered around the island.


Bonus: Cant get to Leonards Malasada Truck? Try making some simple malasadas on your own. It only takes a couple of ingretients:

Get a tube of Pillsbury biscuits from the store
Fill a pot with vegetable oil and heat to 350 [Med-High] Get a large pie dish or plate and place about 1 Cup of sugar on the plate (replace as needed)
Separate biscuits individually or break into smaller pieces and roll into loose balls.
Fry until golden brown on both sides
When doughnuts are fried to a golden brown, drain on paper towel and while still hot, roll in granulated sugar

And there you have it. Home made malasadas. Not as good as Leonards, but it will hold you over till you get there.


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