Year of the Takeout Day 185: Hing Lung Kitchen
Fried Sweet Donuts from Hing Lung Kitchen (644 Vanderbilt Avenue, 718-789-7999)
So there's nothing outright Cantonese-American about these donuts.
In fact, if I saw correctly, the woman behind the counter at Hing Lung popped the dough balls out of what appeared to be a cylinder of Pillsbury biscuits and then dropped them in the deep frier.
Discussions of donut authenticity aside -- they mostly taste like the fluffy, floury fritters encountered at a Thai eatery -- this $2.75 dessert is a hearty treat.
The sprinkling of sugar provides a sweet, slight crunch, adding a necessary edge to so simple a dish.
Our only regret: We didn't wash down these puffs with a glass of cold milk when they were straight out of the kitchen.