Minnesota’s First Japanese Donut Shop is 70 Minutes from Rochester
Most people really love a good donut. Every time donuts are brought into the office I can't say no. We have so many great spots in southeast Minnesota to get a donut but there's one spot about 70 minutes from Rochester that's super unique.
I just found out about this donut shop the other day because of one of my husband's co-workers. It's called Soga Mochi Donut and it's a Japanese donut shop. The only one in Minnesota! And their donuts sound and look delicious!
The donuts they sell are, as their name suggests, mochi donuts. According to Soga's website, mochi donuts are eight pieces of dough connected into a circle (just like a typical donut) "that are wonderfully stretchy and chewy, with a sticky addictiveness to each bite." Soga mentions that mochi donuts are the most popular kind of donut in Japan and they're called pon de ring.
They look so dang good! They're located in St. Paul and just opened at the end of December of 2021 and their menu rotates every week so you can try a new flavor all the time. Their classic flavors that are always available are original and churro but some of their other rotating flavors include lemon, Nutella banana, and matcha.
I'm thinking I'll be buying a few dozen the next time I'm up in the cities. Just kidding, but I do need to check them out the next time I make the trip up there!