In a city that loves its doughnuts, a new East Coast player hopes to make an impression on the scene. An Orlando-based pop-up shop called Dochi specializing in hybrid mochi and doughnut treats will open a permanent outpost at Seattle’s Uwajimaya food court in the International District by the second weekend of August, pending final details. Owner Jason Le says the stand — which has built a loyal following in Florida for its textures and Asian flavors — will feature varieties such as ube glaze, matcha Oreo, and taro with Fruity Pebbles. The Instagram possibilities are plentiful.
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The shop will be located in the corner of the food court, right near the entrance toward the Fifth Avenue side (across from Congeez), and will be recognizable due to a large, colorful mural on the wall with the message, “You Deserve This.”
Le — who used to live in Seattle and is partnering with his brother, Michael Le, owner of goPoke in the ID — tells Eater Seattle that flavors will change frequently, and Dochi is working on providing some beverages to complement the desserts, such as coffee and tea. He also intends to expand the brand even further, with a second location planned for the Southcenter shopping area in Tukwila, right near Best Buy, later on this year.
While mochi doughnuts aren’t completely unheard of around Seattle (Fuji Bakery has featured a chocolate mochi doughnut on its menu in the past), this will be the first true specialist. Let’s see if it can hang with the competition.
UPDATED, August 15, 2019, 6:21 p.m.: A previous version of this article misspelled the owner’s last name, but that has since been corrected.