Snapshots from South Korea: Pizza Doughnut from Mister Donut

From May 8 to May 12 I visited Seoul for the first time, mostly to eat as much food as I could and learn about a cuisine I knew little about.


I know I just wrote a post about Mister Donut, but that was about the doughnut I liked. Here's one that was less successful and strange enough to deserve its own post.

As the story* goes, one day the chefs at Mister Donut headquarters thought, "Hey, why don't we make a doughnut that's pizza-flavored?" And enough people responded with, "I don't know; let's try it," that the Pizza Roll became a reality.

The Pizza Roll has at least two purposes: to delight the palates of the savory doughnut-craving public, or to fulfill the curiosities of people who had never before come across a pizza-flavored doughnut. In my group's case, it was the latter.


The doughnut was reheated for a hint of gooey cheese action and cut into four pieces for easy sharing. And that's where the trouble began, as all the innards had shifted to one side of the doughnut. Or that might just be the way it's made. The fillings of cheese, tomato sauce, and ham were kind of pizza-like, if you're eating a ham pizza. The soft dough wasn't as sweet as their regular doughnuts but still had a touch of sweetness, which is definitely not something I think of when I want to eat pizza.

Overall, the Pizza Roll doesn't satisfy a doughnut craving, nor a pizza craving, nor even a savory dough craving since it's a tad sweet. After getting zapped in the microwave, it's just an oily dough ring with meager fillings.

Mister Donut's regular donuts are great, my favorite being the Pon de Ring. Go with those; avoid anything with "pizza" in it.

* This story may not be entirely true. Because I made it up.