weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Mochi doughnuts are sweet, chewy and delightfully uniform

Updated October 14, 2020 - 3:17 pm

Sweet, chewy and delightfully uniform, Paina Cafe’s mochi doughnuts are just as tasty as they are photogenic.

Mochi doughnuts are a cross between a traditional cake-like doughnut and chewy mochi dough similar to what’s wrapped around ice cream bonbons at sushi restaurants.

The hybrid batter makes for a doughnut that is fluffy and moist, with a satisfying chew.

“Mochi is basically a sticky rice that is pounded until it is a smoother consistency, says Maka Akagi, manager at Paina Cafe. “It gives it the chewier texture.”

Paina Cafe whips up a new batch of doughnuts every morning in six weekly flavors such as cookies and cream, strawberry and matcha and more exotic flavors such as guava, black sesame and passion fruit.

Some mochi doughnuts are made with taro, a starchy sweet potato-like vegetable, and topped with a simple glaze. The fried rings are $1.95 each.

6870 Spring Mountain Road, painacafe.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
More rjmagazine
Welcome to the poker table, kid

On her first visit to the poker table at a Las Vegas casino, a 21-year-old finds herself holding all the cards.

The history of Cathedral Canyon: From dream to dust

If you close your eyes and listen, you can almost hear the ghosts. The ghosts of a visionary landowner, a restless outlaw and a murdered man.

Five minutes with Ethel M’s Mark Mackey

The chief chocolatier for Las Vegas-based Ethel M Chocolates on holiday flavors and the secrets of the sweet life.

Snowflake Tears: Chantal Chandler’s Zine Within a Zine

Chantal Chandler is an artist and writer who grew up near downtown Las Vegas, and she shares some of her childhood experiences in this issue’s “Zine Within a Zine.”

Five sporting events that shook Las Vegas

The Super Bowl is a crowning moment for Las Vegas. Here are five local sporting events — from megafights to Golden Knights — that helped pave the city’s way to the big time.

Who Makes Culture? The arts begin at home

We’ve so ruthlessly professionalized the notion of culture that we often imagine it to be a thing that can be provided only by the elect, a strange noble peerage of those who have “made it.”

Dawn of the City of Sports

Forty years ago, Las Vegas stirred from a civic slump and planted the seeds of a brilliant sporting future.

Gatherer of the Iconoclasts

Tired of dead ends in Hollywood, Jim Cowan moved to Las Vegas and bet his career that the strange, surreal art he loved would be a big deal. It was a winning gamble.

Elevating Las Vegas Kids, One Song at a Time

Kids — and their social, emotional and intellectual growth — are at the center of Polita Simpson’s mission to create the foundation for good lives through the power of art.