Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Good Eats: Leonard's Bakery

Another tasty treat to try is the malasada.  What's a malasada?  That's a portugese donut dusted with sugar and no hole.  Mala-ssada (in Portuguese) means light roasted and was traditionally made to use all the lard and sugar in the kitchen to prevent it being eaten during Lent.  In Honolulu, the best place to try this tasty treat is Leonard's Bakery.

Leonard's is located at 933 Kapahulu Avenue.  Hours are from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday to Saturday.  Just be advised, when this place gets busy the line goes outside the door.  It is a stop on local tours and you'll see several tour vans in the parking lot as tourists get out.

You don't have to take a number here, like Liliha Bakery, just stand in line.  While you wait in line, you can check out the awards Leonard's earned over the years.

Check the menu for what to order.  If you want the traditional malasada, you have a choice of different flavors of sugar.

If you want non-traditional, Leonard's added the malasada puff, which is a malasada filled with your choice of creme filling.  The fillings are custard, dobash (chocolate), haupia (coconut), and the flavor of the month.  Check the sign for the flavor of the month for 2011.  This month, it's mango.  

Turn around and you'll see how busy this place gets.  The line goes out the door.  The malasadas are so good, that even tour vans stop here.  What makes this place so special?  It's the fresh, hot malasadas.

Yes, there's a lot to like here, but malasadas put this place on the map.

And finally, the main event...

Fresh, hot malasadas!

The malasada puff with haupia filling.  The malasada is warm and sugary with a cool, coconut filling.  All that sugar and dough is so bad for you, but tastes so good.

The other filling that didn't last long, was the chocolate filling.  This was a smooth, rich chocolate filling in a warm malasada.  But don't take my word for it, try it out yourself.  

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