Saturday, August 14, 2010

Filled Donuts

while traveling from
Glendale to Woodland Hills
in California
I wandered into Masis Bakery Café
on Alameda
asking for something
for breakfast
that wasn’t too sloppy to eat
while driving
and had my first Ponchik
a delightful confection
filled with a cream custard
and served warm

when I Googled the name
I found out that
Wikipedia lists the names of
sweet fried filled pastries
from over 80 countries
world wide
if you add savories
the count is incredible

© 2010 Sandy Vrooman


  1. I guess these are universal. I love all kinds of filled things, both sweet and savory.

  2. I loved filled pastries as a child -- eclairs, cream puffs.
    Now I have to stay with stuffed vegetables. I gain weight just reading this blog...
    Anyway, leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

  3. Vinegared dishes are called sunomono as su means vinegar in Japanese.
    Sunomono has a refreshing taste and goes with many types of dishes.
    It's a good side dish or an appetizer to serve in a Japanese-style meal.
    Sunomono also helps to enhance appetite.

    There are mainly three types of vinegar dressings for sunomono:

    •Ama-zu (sweet vinegar mixture)
    Vinegar / Sugar / Salt
    Mix and heat 2 parts vinegar, 1 part sugar, and some salt.

    Vinegar / Soy Sauce
    Mix equal amounts of vinegar and soy sauce.

    Vinegar / Soy Sauce / Mirin or Sugar
    Mix and heat equal amounts of seasonings. *The amount of sugar is about one third of mirin.

    Dashi stock is often added in nibai-zu and sanbai-zu to soften the flavor.
    Adjust the amounts of seasonings, depending on your preference and ingredients.

    Common ingredients for sunomono are vegetables and seafood.

    Cucumber and Crab Salad Recipe

    •2 small cucumber, thinly sliced into rounds
    •1/2 lb boiled crab meat
    •3 Tbsps vinegar
    •1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
    •1 Tbsp dashi soup
    •1 tsp soy sauce
    •1 tsp fresh ginger juice

    Place cucumber slices in a bowl and sprinkle 1/2 tsp of salt over them.
    Set aside for 30 minutes.
    Squeeze cucumber slices to remove the liquid.
    Mix vinegar, sugar, dashi soup, and soy sauce in a cup.
    Place crab meat and cucumber slices in a bowl
    pour the vinegar dressing over.
    Further, add ginger juice and mix.
    *Makes 4 servings