The history of Cambodian-owned donut shops

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Audrey Magazine (by Ethel Navales):

You’re probably already aware that a large amount of independently-run donut shops in California are Cambodian-owned. What you may not know is that the donut shop industry is an integral part of the Cambodian immigration story.

In honor of National Donut Day, we decided to look into the history of hardworking, Cambodian donut shop owners:


1) Finding a donut in Cambodia is harder than you think.
There may be donuts if you look hard, but if you thought you’d find streets lined with donut shops in Cambodia, you’re in for a let-down. While donuts are a large part of the Cambodian American culture, many can tell you that this is purely an American tradition. Allegedly, there is only one donut shop in all of Phnom PenhCambodia.

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2) It all began with a man named Ted Ngoy.
Before donut shops were associated with the Cambodian American culture, there was Ted Ngoy paving the way. He arrived in the U.S. in 1975 and two years later, he began his own donut shop. Clearly, his legacy continued.

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3) “The American Dream” 
Ngoy is the one who found a way for Cambodian immigrants to become part of the American dream of owning their own business,” said Dennis Wong of the Asian Business Association. “Taking a loan from an Asian loaning society, Ngoy was able to buy two stores, operate them for awhile and then sell to someone in the community or a family member who wanted to buy them. That’s how they got into it.

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4) Running a donut shop is hard work. 
You’ll often hear about these donut shops having only a few workers in order to save money. In fact, many of the workers are family members who must find time within their day to help the family business. As a result, many owners will work long and tiring hours to make sure their shop is functional. Additionally, many donut shop owners have voiced that the long hours have made it difficult to assimilate into a new society.

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5) They have thrived. 
An estimated 80% of donut shops in the Los Angeles area are owned by Cambodian Americans. In Houston, Texas, the percentage is an even larger 90%.

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Asian fast food items you won’t find in the U.S.


 Audrey Magazine

We first explored KFC menu items that can only be found in Asia, but what about the rest of the well-known American fast-food chains? There are so many yummy menu items only found in Asia that you’ll have to explore (and get hungry) for yourself, but below are some of the more interesting ones we found:

Nacho Fries– Wendy’s, Japan


This is definitely not a classic Wendy’s menu item, but who doesn’t love nachos? Wendy’s Japan created the Nacho Fries which consists of classic fries, guacamole, chili, cheese and– for a kick– jalapeños

McRice Burger — McDonald’s, Philippines


In the U.S., we rave over the ramen burger. In the Philippines, they sandwich a chicken or beef patty between two crispy rice patties! Could this inspire us to create the next burger trend in the U.S.?

Dry Pork and Seaweed Donut — Dunkin Donuts, China


If you thought adding bacon to a maple donut was a bit odd, then you might be hesitant to try this sugar glazed donut topped with dry pork and crunchy seaweed. It sounds like it would be too much of a salty overload rather than a sweet treat.

Ebi Shrimp Filet-O —  McDonald’s, Japan


If you love shrimp, this is all you. It’s a simple fried shrimp patty paired with thousand island dressing and lettuce between their signature sesame seed bun.

Veg Sammi — Subway, India


If you’re vegetarian and think American fast food doesn’t have enough veggie items, you’re probably right. Subways in India carry a wide array of meat-less options and include ingredients you won’t find in American Subways. For instance, this Veg Sammi consists of a vegetarian kabob made of lentils, garlic and onions.

Green Tea Blizzard — Dairy Queen, Thailand


With the green tea and matcha trend running rampant, why hasn’t this made its way to the U.S. yet? Who doesn’t want to have a green tea blizzard served upside down?

A Ramen Donut exists, and it’s stuffed with Boston Creme

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Culinary Brodown is pretty good about taking its food to the next level, but this is pretty crazy, even by Brodown standards.

We’ve seen ramen transformed into burgers, burritos and even pizza, but this is the first time we’ve seen it incorporated into dessert. The ramen donut, or the Boston Creme Ramnut as they’re calling it, consists of ramen boiled in horchata, filled with Boston creme and covered in chocolate.



Japan creates next-level French Cruller Burgers… Made with chorizo





Japan is definitely a winner for some of the craziest burger and food combos we’ve seen. But this one might take the cake, or cruller, simply because of how novel it looks.

Japanese chain Mos Burger, is now offering a French Cruller burger, as in, a burger on a bun made of a cruller doughnut. Oh, but there’s actually no burger, just a giant coiled chorizo sausage instead. So it’s really a sausage/doughnut sandwich, that also happens to come with spicy chili, tomatoes, onions, and lettuce.

Sweet buns and savory burgers certainly aren’t new, especially as doughnut burgers grow in popularity.


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Japan creates next-level French Cruller Burgers… Made with chorizo


Krispy Kreme Japan makes the dessert of our dreams: Doughnut ice cream sundaes


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RocketNews 24:


Krispy Kreme Japan has unveiled a new doughnut ice cream sundae…Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?


The doughnut ice cream sundaes come in two different flavors:


▼ Doughnut Ice Carmel & Yogurt

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A warm original glazed doughnut topped with vanilla ice cream creates a melty, delicious dessert. But the addition of buttery caramel and refreshing yogurt takes this treat over the top. Still wanting more? You’re in luck – the Doughnut Ice Caramel & Yogurt also comes with caramel corn and toasted almonds.



▼ Doughnuts Ice Blueberry & Yogurt

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The Doughnuts Ice Blueberry & Yogurt is similar, but instead of caramel, a sweet blueberry sauce graces the top of this masterpiece. Granola joins the party to add a pleasant crunch to this irresistible twist on the doughnut.

If you’re like us, you can’t wait to give either one a try, but just know that you have from now until July 14 to have a taste of this match made in heaven. So move over shaved ice, it looks like we have a new summer favorite!

Source: Entabe
Images: Krispy Kreme Japan


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Krispy Kreme Japan makes the dessert of our dreams: Doughnut ice cream sundaes