It makes sense that Floresta Nature Doughnuts originated in 2002 in Nara, a city famed for a park with sacred roving deer. Floresta features donuts coated in colorful edible shells that depict animals like cats, frogs, and pandas. Of course I opted for a pig, which contained no actual pork products, but was still plenty of fun. The doughnut is crafted from Japanese flour, whole-wheat flour, and soy milk. After frying, the donuts deliver good outer crunch. They even make animal-shaped donut holes, if you’re looking to execute a true piggy-back ride.
Floresta Nature Doughnuts now operates more than three dozen outposts throughout Japan and has even reached Ala Moana Center, Honolulu’s largest shopping mall. Their edible menagerie is spreading, and I could see (and taste) why.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.