Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

Chinese Buffet Style Donuts easily take two ingredients to create  a simple and quick breakfast donut in just a few minutes.
Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Chinese Buffet Style Donuts is my recipe  of the day with  the blogging group Bread Bakers. The group  meets monthly to post bread recipes on various topics chosen by the monthly  host.

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Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

This month Wendy has  suggested we make  Chinese breads.

My first choice  had been to make some  Mandarin pancakes to go with Mu Shu  pork, but I am backlogged with  event  recipes. I almost wasn’t going to participate  this month but then I thought of the Chinese buffet donuts. I  could get  those made fast.

The  donuts are not traditional Chinese food. But they are  quite common  on Chinese buffets.

I  don’t know if  they  make them  using biscuits, but it  does work. It might  seem plain since it is  not cake donut batter or  yeast donut  dough.

Still, the dough  is  tender  and  the  sugar makes it right.

Take your pick of granulated sugar or cinnamon sugar. They are both very  tasty.  For  a deluxe touch,  you could inject  with  jelly, custard or  whipped cream. Or  simply  dip  in those.  In  donut  shops  the jelly  is riced  like mashed potatoes, but you can also nuke it  in the microwave  for a melty dip.

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Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

Chinese Buffet Style Donuts

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Bread, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 16 donuts
Calories 105 kcal


  • 16.3 ounce can Pillsbury Grands Southern Homestyle biscuits
  • vegetable oil
  • granulated sugar
  • cinnamon


  • Cut each biscuit in half and tightly roll into a smooth ball.
  • Heat oil 3 inches deep in a 2 quart saucepan to 325F.
  • Fry dough pieces 6 in a batch for 5 minutes per batch.
  • Drain on paper toweling.
  • Roll in sugar or cinnamon sugar while still warm.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 272mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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6 responses

  1. Ack! They taste nothing like donuts and especially don’t taste anything like Chinese restaurant donuts. They taste exactly like what they are, breakfast biscuits.

    • Quite honestly, which is what buffet style donuts taste like. There are two different types of Chinese donuts, one made with yeast and one with baking powder (biscuit dough). These are not like the long cruller type Youtiao donuts (made with yeast), but that is easily discernable by looking at the photos. I have eaten the ones on the buffets, and these are like those. However, to be fair, breakfast biscuits are not fried at all. Those are something entirely different.

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