A âdoughnutâ is a dough made by putting sugar, eggs, and milk in flour into a round shape or a ring shape and frying it in oil. In the 19th century, Dutch immigrants made a cake in the US and fried the leftover dough in oil, but when the center part wasn't cooked well, doughnuts were cooked by filling them with nuts and fruits. A ring-shaped doughnut with a hole in the middle began in 1847 with Dutch American Hanson Gregory (Hanson Gregory), who was a captain. There is also an interesting origin where his mother made a doughnut with nuts when he set sail, and even when he was holding the key, he wanted to eat it by putting a hole in the center and hanging it on the key.
The savory flavor of freshly fried donuts draws people's attention. The world of donuts is diverse, such as glutinous rice donuts, pretzels, ring-shaped donuts, and donuts with cream in bread. Recently, doughnuts filled with cream and filled with soft cream, and donuts topped with various toppings such as chocolate, cookies, and churros are popular. Not only the taste, but also the cute visuals catch the eye, and the social media certification shots go viral. Sweet, fluffy, and unstoppable, heavenly flavors! Let's meet the 5 best donut restaurants.
Donut restaurants include Yeonnam Fluffy Donuts, Hannam-dong Old Ferry Donuts, Cheongdam Cafe Knotted, Jeju Landy's Donuts, Dosan Park Tom's Day, Haebangchon Butterbook, Hoehyeon Ovecht, Sinchon Celis Donuts, Paju Joeun Donuts, Hongdae California Donut Club, Apgujeong Doonut Shop, Yongsan Salty Bob, Haeundae Noi Bakery, Yeongju Jeong Doughnuts, Cheongju IM Donuts, Daegu Black Bear Donuts, Jeungmun Otto Donuts, Busan Cupnuts, Gyeongju Hwangnam-dong Cupnuts, Ilsan Orilli Donuts, Hongdae Shippe, Gyeongsan Limpim, Yeonnam Landis Donuts, Garosu-gil Landis Donuts, Daegu Dongseong-ro Landis Donuts, and Samsung Cafe Noted are famous. Donut brands with multiple branches include Krispy Kreme Donuts and Dunkin' Donuts.
1. 'Fluffy Donut' in Yeonnam-dong catches the eye with its cute visuals
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âFluffy Donutsâ has an eye-catching window decorated with an illustration of a donut in front of the store and a red English sign. Nine types of donuts are presented using different fillings and ingredients such as Injeolmi, bacon, and coconut. The signature menu, âRaspberry GLAZED & BERRY JAM,â has the appearance of colorful sprinkles sprinkled on top of a dark pink raspberry glaze, making it feel like something out of a comic. Sweet and sour berry jam filled the inside of a ring-shaped doughnut. When you bite off a moist doughnut bread, homemade berry jam fills your mouth and adds a fresh flavor. You can also enjoy it with the signature drink menu, âFluffy Coffee.â A mini doughnut skewer is placed on top of the coffee, so it's fun to miss a doughnut in one bite.
â²Location: 163 Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 12:00 â 21:00 every day, closed on Tuesdays
â²Price: Raspberry Glazed & BERRY JAM 5,000 won, FLUFFY COFFEE 6,500 won
â²Testimonial (After the Shikigin: Minions): If you want to try the doughnuts in the manga The Simpsons, go for Fluffy Donuts! The raspberry glazed & berry jam was even more delicious because it was a ring-shaped doughnut with filling inside. Above all, the overwhelming visuals make it impossible not to take pictures! The berry jam is sour, so it's not very sweet.
2. Peanut buttercream with an attractive sweet and salty flavor, 'Old Peri Donut' in Hannam-dong
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âOld Perrier Donutsâ aims to show a young Korean culture that is sensitive to changes and trends by applying Korean branding to donuts that have the image of American food. At the store, you can find not only donuts and coffee, but also promotional videos illustrating traditional Korean folktales, posters, packages, goods, and goods using doughnut illustrations. The signature menu is âPEANUT BUTTER,â a fluffy bread filled with an addictive sweet and salty peanut butter cream. The top of the donut is finished with peanut butter glaze and peanut powder to enhance the chewy flavor. If you take a bite of a doughnut that contains a full layer of heavy peanut butter cream, you can experience the sweet and salty flavor that lingers on the tip of your tongue.
â²Location: 66 Hannam-daero 27-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 11:00 to 22:00 every day, closed on Tuesdays
â²Price: Peanut Butter 5,000 won, TIRAMISU 4,500 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Love Recipe): I ordered peanut butter, raspberry, and tiramisu donuts and I enjoyed peanut butter the most! The chewy peanut butter cream is JMT. A thick donut cream with a sweet and savory flavor! It's also pretty big, so if you eat one, you'll be hungry?! It's delicious even when eaten with milk, and goes great with coffee.
3. 'Cafe Knotted Cheongdam' in Sinsa-dong, filled with soft cream
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âCafe Knotted Cheongdamâ became a new doughnut trend by introducing donuts filled with cream of various flavors, such as vanilla, Earl Grey, and Nutella, on deep-fried bread. In addition to donuts, various sweets such as cakes, croffle sandwiches, and gelato are also available. The signature menu âVANILLA DONUTâ is a thick doughnut filled with soft vanilla cream without gaps. The cream made by adding Madagascar vanilla beans to custard cream has an excellent rich vanilla flavor. The texture of the vanilla cream that gently wraps around the tongue and the chewy bread are attractive. Recently, it has collaborated with lifestyle brands such as Innisfree, Galaxy, and Kakao to find Noted in everyday life.
â²Location: 15 Dosan-daero 53-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 09:00 â 21:00 every day
â²Price: VANILLA DONUT 3,000 won, MILK CREAM DONUT 3,500 won
â²Review (Shikigin Everyday Pansuni): Knotted doughnuts are so popular these days! If you go on the weekend, waiting is a must. There's a lot of cream in the puffy doughnut bread, so if you eat a big bite, the world feels happy! I like the classic line vanilla cream doughnuts and milk whipped cream donuts the most. No matter how many times you eat it, you won't get tired of it! When I finish eating, I even pack it unconditionally.
4. Donuts that have been loved in the US for 69 years, 'Landy's Donuts Jeju Direct Store' in Jeju City
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â²Location: 27-1, Aewol-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
â²Business hours: Weekdays 10:00 â 19:00, weekends 10:00 â 20:00
â²Price: Glazed donuts 2,200 won, M&M donuts 3,300 won
â²Testimonial (Shikigami Aritaum 12): There are so many cute types of donuts that are fun to choose. After choosing from the most basic glaze, s'mores, ganache, NAMM, etc., I packed two boxes. I wasn't expecting the taste because of the beautiful shape, but the bread was chewy, the cream was sweet, and my hands kept getting tired!! Please note that if you order drinks at the cafes on the 2nd and 3rd floors, you can eat the packaged donuts!
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âTombs Dayâ evokes an American sensibility with blue doors, white brick facades, wide windows, and vintage-colored signs. The window bar seats, which have an exotic atmosphere, are famous as a photo zone. The doughnut dough is made from French flour, and its light flavor and chewy texture are attractive. The signature menu, âCream Brulee,â is a doughnut filled with custard cream coated with hard sugar, making it fun to eat it yourself. You can enjoy a more intense flavor by using custard cream that has been aged for 24 hours. The crunchy sugar coating and the contrasting texture of soft bread and cream blend pleasantly.
â²Location: 35 Dosan-daero 49-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
â²Opening hours: 12:00 â 20:30 every day, closed on Mondays
â²Price: Cream Brulee 5,500 won, Peanut Cream 5,000 won
â²Review (Shikigin Oomparumpa): If you just look at the exterior of the store, it definitely looks like a doughnut shop in a foreign country. There was also an atmosphere to eat while sitting on the window sill. I ordered creme brulee and peanut cream donuts with my friend, so I ate 1 doughnut per person~ Creme brulee has a sweet flavor and is stress-relieving when eaten with a fork! The packaging box is cute, so I think it would be great as a gift~
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