These are malasadas.
They're Portuguese-Hawaiian doughnuts, about the size of a small tangerine, that take one bite to fall in love with. Peter Buza, of Georgetown's Kauai Family Restaurant, makes one big batch on Saturdays.
But these aren't Kauai Family's malasadas. They're from Cherilyn Williams' Hawaiian-coffee-and -doughnuts stand in Tukwila. Cher, who was born in Hawaii and attended culinary school at the Art Institute here, mixes up her own batter, fries them in canola oil, and sells them for $1 a pop, and you don't even need to unbuckle your seatbelt to buy them. Though you may have to unbuckle it if you eat too many.
Hot, malasadas are out of this world, but even when they've cooled down, Cher's sugar-dusted doughnuts have a spongy, cakey center, and are just sweet enough to rock your world. Thanks to customer demand, Cher also sells "mini-malasadas," three for a $1. Like that's going to stop them from being fattening.
Cher's Ono Malasadas
14624 Tukwila International Blvd., Tukwila (between the Shell station and the Pizza Hut)
Hours: Open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.