donuts are ¥170 each
- 1 Chome-6-4 Kamiogi, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 1 minute from JR/Tokyo Metro Ogikubo Station, North Exit
- 03-3220-1072 (Japanese only)
- 10:00am - 8:00pm (closes early if ingredients run out), Closed Mondays
- Staff speak Japanese only
Fresh Soy Donuts that Aren’t Too Sweet
Right in front of the bus rotary in the north exit of Ogikubo Station, you can find a small donut stand. However, it is not just any donut stand—here at Ikkyu Donuts they make fresh soy donuts from specially selected soy beans and soy milk. The donuts are vegetarian, but please note they are not vegan as they contain eggs.
In order to make fresh and healthy donuts, the owner of Ikkyu Donuts orders soy milk and soya pulp made from hiden mame, or “secret” green soy beans, from a farmer in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture. Inside the small shop, the date when the soy milk is produced is posted daily. If you look at their website, even though the information is all in Japanese, you will see how serious they are about their ingredients. Ikkyu donuts are deep-fried in rapeseed oil, which is a special blend with roasted rapeseed oil. This makes donuts that are marvelously crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Their donuts are mildly sweet and are perfect for those who refrain from eating sweets or don’t have much of a sweet tooth. When you hold the donut in your hand, you can appreciate the fresh smell of soy milk, and you may also notice its yellow-greenish color that comes from the soy beans. One donut is 170 yen, or 160 yen when you buy more than 5. If you buy more than 10, you can have the donuts put in a special box. Homemade soy milk is also available. A bottle of 200cc is 150 yen and a 500cc bottle is 300 yen.
[published November 2018]