Thursday, July 24, 2008

Green Tea Donuts

A new Korean market just opened in town (H Mart, 13600 SW Pacific Highway, Tigard, Oregon, 503-620-6120). I love exploring ethnic markets, browsing aisles stocked with unusual ingredients and trying to decipher the foreign labels, so I drove out there immediately. I’ve been three times now, the bakery’s green tea donuts are that good.

They’re subtly flavored with tea and black sesame, and they have a wonderfully chewy texture, from rice flour, I’m sure.

Though these green tea donuts are worth the long drive, I want the recipe so that I can make them myself.

I’ve spent more time than I care to admit searching for the green tea donut recipe. I’ve conducted an exhaustive internet search, and I’ve skimmed through every Korean cookbook at the book store, twice. I’ve turned up nothing.

So the last time I headed out to the Korean market, I was determined to win over the bakers with my charm and leave with the recipe and a few donuts. Or so I thought. Due to a bit of a language barrier and a certain unwillingness to divulge information, the closest thing I got was the owner impatiently jabbing his finger into a small sign that read, “Green Tea Donuts $1.50”. I couldn’t even convince him to tell me the Korean name of his tasty green tea donuts.

At least I got my donuts. And they sure tasted good. I will keep up my search, the recipe cannot elude me forever…


Capri said...

I'm in the same boat as you. I have an H-Mart that opened up by me in Washington state. I only got out of the gal that they use tapioca. I think that's what she said made them chewy.

I'd love the recipe also. If anyone finds one, you can e-mail me at

The girl at the counter does not know the recipe. I think we're both going to have a heck of a time trying to get that one. It may not even be a normal home recipe for Asians. It could be their form of donuts and for non-Asians, we don't make our own donuts so they may not make these deserts at home typically.

I only tasted the green tea donuts recently since H-Mart had samples out to taste. I'm surprised I tried the odd looking samples. The picture you posted looks just like the ones in my store too and they are also $1.50. They have green tea bread also.

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