Mochinut, a national mochi donut chain, plans to open (at least) three locations in Philadelphia. The latest Korean food craze will see mochi donut shops at 1023 Arch Street in Chinatown, 809 North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, and 108 Chestnut Street in Old City.
According to Wikipedia, Mochi donuts are a Japanese-American hybrid between cake donuts and chewy mochi (rice cake). Mochi donuts typically use gluten-free tapioca flour or glutinous rice flour resulting in a chewy yet fluffy donut. They are often decorated in colorful glazes and cute toppings.
Mochinut will also feature fried hot dogs, common as street food in Korea. They’re basically like corn dogs in that they are stuffed and coated in a rice flour batter, then deep-fried and rolled in toppings.
The locations will also offer bubble tea drinks.
There is no word on opening dates, but the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District reported on its Instagram that the 2nd street location is coming soon. There will be one in nearby Cherry Hill, NJ, too.
Another Korean mochi donut shop, Mochi Ring, has a Rittenhouse Square location and also opening in Cherry Hill, NJ.
More details as I get them.
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