MANILA, Philippines – The ubiquitous donut and Japan’s mochi meet in a unique product that has finally made its way to the Philippines.
Gavino’s Donuts in Quezon City specializes in mochi donuts, which are made of rice flour and starches, giving them a uniquely chewy texture. Known as “pon de ring” in Japan, the donuts look like oversized bead bracelets and come in different flavors.
Proprietor Andrew Que, who also runs the mass-market donut chain Happy Haus Donuts, said the new shop is named after his son, Gavin, who happens to love pon de rings.
“The idea originated from Japan. We found out in our travels that leading donut chains sell this kind of donut,” Que told ANC. “It’s a cake-type donut but instead of cake flour, we put in some kind of rice flour and starches to make it chewy.”
Gavino’s began as a stall at the popular weekend market Mercato Central in Taguig City. Que said they have set up a coffee shop in Quezon City to accommodate more customers.
Aside from the pon de ring donuts, Gavino’s also sells pon de balls, or bite-size mochi-like spheres filled with different flavors ranging from Bavarian to green tea and cream cheese.
The donuts are topped with anything from nuts and gummy bears to bacon bits and chili.
“It’s something new for the Philippine market,” Que said about their products. “It’s very chewy, very different. Right now, we’re the only ones available here.”
Gavino’s Donuts and Coffee Shop is located at Unit 5, Greenhills Town Center, 2 Granada Street, Barangay Valencia, Quezon City. For more information, call (02) 477-9275.