Vientiane: Mr Bo Donut

The arrival of Vientiane's first "proper" donut shop no doubt has many people jumping up and down, soon to be fuelled by a sugar high. I confess that I'm not one of them but I accept that along with my preference for tea over coffee that I may be in the minority.

However, a new foodie spot in town is always worth checking out. So, on Tuesday morning I arrived at Mr Bo Donut with a mission - to buy 2 dozen donuts of each and every flavour they had and send them out into the world as birthday gifts.

Who wouldn't love a dozen donuts for their birthday?

I first spotted Mr Bo Donut just before Pi Mai, an auspicious time to start new businesses. Pimenton's butcher shop, La Tienda, also opened then. At that time, Mr Bo inexplicably had a purple Ferrari parked out front; not sure how that advertises donuts but you can scroll down their Facebook page for the photo.

The shop is on the corner of Rue Samsethai and Chao Anou Road, opposite the Amazing Brand Shop. It's a great location and easily accessible on foot from anywhere downtown.

Amazing Brand Shop - you thought I was making that name up, didn't you?

Amazing Brand Shop - you thought I was making that name up, didn't you?

The shop itself is tiny, though colourful and cheerful. It's clearly designed to buy inside and eat outside in the front patio. I imagine it gets quite busy of an evening.

My back was right up against the door taking these photos

My back was right up against the door taking these photos

A bit of donut humour

A bit of donut humour

So, back to my mission. Unfortunately I found that a Tuesday morning (they are closed on Monday) is not the best time to visit as there were several gaps in the display cabinet. Namely some pink iced ones and several jam and custard filled creations, judging from Bo Donut's Facebook page where you can also see lots of staff-donut (and Ferrari) selfies.

But there were still plenty to choose from, each selling for 5,000 kip each (about 80 cents), and donut holes for 3,000 kip.

Sweetened mung bean is a popular dessert in Laos

Sweetened mung bean is a popular dessert in Laos

Vientiane version of a "Boston donut" - vanilla custard-filled with chocolate icing

Vientiane version of a "Boston donut" - vanilla custard-filled with chocolate icing

And for the healthy option... blueberry

And for the healthy option... blueberry

Donut holes - looking cute and irresistible

Donut holes - looking cute and irresistible

Plus there were plain sugar donuts, chocolate donuts, and frosting covered donuts with lollies on top. I got 4 of the latter as part of their current promotion of 1 free donut per half dozen.

FYI, these boxes are not really strong enough to hold a dozen donuts; don't make my mistake of picking one up at the sides and have the bottom nearly fall out.

FYI, these boxes are not really strong enough to hold a dozen donuts; don't make my mistake of picking one up at the sides and have the bottom nearly fall out.

And the verdict? Very favourable. One friend described them as authentic, Thai "donutty donuts" with good taste and texture but missing "US essentials like powdered sugar, maple bars, fluffy crullers etc". I have no idea what maple bars and crullers are; evidently the world of donuts has come a long way since its simple deep fried dough days.

As for me, I had one of the chocolate iced donut holes. And it was yummy - fresh dough and a little on the sweet side, which is just as you'd expect from a donut.

Mr Bo Donut