Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Restaurant Rambling: Leonard's Bakery (Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii)

Everyone in Hawaii knows what a malasada is. It's the Portuguese equivalent of a doughnut that is rolled in sugar--but only better! Leonard's Bakery knows how to do them right. They've been in business since 1952. They are legendary in Hawaii. Everyone know that the world's best malasadas can be found at Leonard's.

My friend picked me up for a breakfast of malasadas, Leonard's style. Apparently after 50+ years in business, Leonard's is no longer a secret. We arrived to a line full of eager people waiting in line to try the coveted malasada. There appeared to be a fair number of tourists in line.

You can have your malasada any way you like it. Traditionally, they are rolled in plain white sugar. However, you can now get them coated with plain sugar, li hing sugar or cinnamon sugar. If you like, you can even get your malasada filled with custard, haupia (coconut cream) or dobash (chocolate cream). Oh, they also have special cream filling flavors throughout the year. This month it was banana cream.
Besides malasadas, Leonard's also has other baked goods. But who cares? The delicious malasadas are way too distracting for you to notice anything else!
The choices were too overwhelming for me. I opted for 1 plain malasada rolled in white sugar and had to try the malasada rolled in li hing sugar. My friend had the same thing. We took our goodies and drove to Diamond Head. We selected this spot to enjoy the water and have our breakfast. You can't get any better than this!
Here's the Li Hing Malasada. It was the yummiest ever!! Li Hing is salted, dried plums. They crush it into a powder and people sprinkled it on just about anything. It's an acquired taste, but I love it!! Leonard's malasadas are so soft, it's like biting into a pillow of warm goodness.
Leonard's Bakery
933 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
ph: (808) 737-5591