If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit of a foodie. I mean, I created a two-part Hawaii food bucket list (here’s part 1 and part 2). I go around the island of Oahu trying to find the best of the best. Sometimes I end up trying some pretty bad dishes (when I wrote this post on where to get the best poke bowls on Oahu, I tried some truly terrible poke before finding these four). I’m not going to lie, I had to try some awful malasadas for this post as well. But my taste buds suffered so yours didn’t have to. Here’s where to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii.
So What Exactly is a Malasada?
A malasada is a Portuguese version of a donut without a hole. Traditionally, it is not filled with anything, but now it is quite common to find chocolate or custard-filled malasadas.
Well Obviously, I Want One. Now the Question is Where to Get the Best Malasadas on Oahu.
Leonard’s Bakery – The Tried and True Malasada
For as long as I can remember, if I wanted a malasada, I would go to one of the Leonard’s Bakery food trucks at Waikele Shopping Center, Pearlridge Shopping Center, or Koko Marina Shopping Center. (I was hardly ever near the actual brick-and-mortar bakery in Downtown Honolulu.)
The process was simple. Walk up to the truck, order the original malasada (that was my favorite flavor), hand over $1.25, and bite into the warm malasada within just a few seconds. The light fluffy fried dough covered in small sugar crystals was just delicious.
If I was feeling a bit adventurous with the flavors, there were also the cinnamon-sugar or li hing mui-coated malasadas, as well as the custard, dobash (chocolate), or haupia (coconut) filled ones. But the original tended to be my go-to.
It was the undisputed place to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii. That is, until 2016.
Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery – The Up-and-Coming Underdog Malasada
On September 8, 2016, Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery opened its doors in Kaimuki – and became Leonard’s competition.
While the bakers at Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery decided to stick to the traditional malasada, in that they do not offer filled options, they learned to master it. They do offer different coatings, including classic (pictured at the top of the post), cinnamon-sugar, cocoa, coffee, and li hing mui. And the price point is very similar to Leonard’s: $1.25 – $1.45.
I do have to say, Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery’s malasadas come out just a tad hotter than those from Leonard’s Bakery. Is that enough to offset the lack of fillings? Or is traditional and unfilled the better route? Can we really name where to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii? I guess you’ll just have to try both and cast your vote in the comments below!
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