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  • JR Apr 7, 2006 01:50 PM
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Anyone know if there is anyplace in Boston area that makes and sells Malasadas? For anyone that doesn't know they are a puffy donut without a hole that is deep-fried and rolled in sugar. Malasadas are very popluar in Hawai'i. They are a Portuguese snack introduced by workers imported for cane and pineapple production.

I was thinking that there might be a Portuguese bakery or restaurant in Inman square but I am not sure if they are popular in the Portuguese community in the area.

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  1. We found malasadas on a recent trip to Hawaii and loved them. While at a recent concert in Cambridge we were talking about them and a Portugese couple overheard us. They said that yes, they knew and loved them too. So I imagine there must be a bakery that makes and serves them. Please let me know if you find one.

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    1. re: cheryl
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      Dermott McSorley

      Haven't seen them in Boston.There are several places in the New Bedford area that have them.However I usually try to stop in at the Portugese Bakery in Ptown and get my fix.

    2. I haven't seen it in any of the Portuguese bakeries around here. I'm assuming that it's because they're only really good when they're hot and fresh out of the fryer; malasadas (Mal Asadas = 'poorly baked/cooked' in Portuguese). They quickly cool, causing them to stiffen up and lose a lot of their taste. Donuts, can keep for the whole day and not diminish much in quality/taste; malasadas can barely keep for 2 hrs. No sense making a huge batch that, if it doesn't sell quickly, will need to be tossed out soon.

      Anyhow, you can always get them at Portuguese festivals @ St. Anthony's on Cambridge St in Cambridge, by the function hall. 5/21/06 Santo Cristo Festival; 6/11/06 St Anthony Festival; 6/18/06 Portugal Day. Or you could come over my grandma's house next time she makes them (bring wine).

      If you go down to New Bedford/Fall River at all, they probably have them in bakeries down there, but I just haven't seen them around here. Frankly, this area's lacking in Portuguese baked sweets.

      1. I posted by mistake in an old thread, but in case this information might be useful to researchers:

        The Cross Street Market in Somerville might have them. I found a couple of reports online that they made them, or at least used to. They may be available by request only.

        Cross Street Market
        72 Cross Street, Somerville
        617-625-9983

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        1. re: wandergirl

          A neighbor said Alice's Diner in Fall River has them as a breakfast side, but this isn't really GB.

          1. re: wandergirl

            Per the person in the other thread who was looking for them, they called Cross Street Market and asked, and the folks there didn't even know what malasadas are.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9109...