This fall and winter, Portland’s donut scene will get a lot more mellow. Before Lisa Nguyen opens her glutinous rice flour donut cafe, Heyday, in CORE Food Cart, another mochi donut store will open in northeast Portland, from another pop -up popular from Portland.
Before the end of the year, chef Alex McGillivray and his partner, Emily Mikiko Strocher, hope to open Mikiko Mochi Donuts, selling donuts with flavors like black sesame and Thai tea, as well as donut breakfast sandwiches. and mochiko chicken with mochi waffles.
Mikiko started as a pop-up in Portland’s WeWork space just before the pandemic hit Portland in 2020. McGillivray and Mikiko Strocher made mochi donuts inspired by her family’s traditional mochitsuki celebrations; However, the recipe was something closer to a butter mochi, a Hawaiian rice flour cake. Despite the limits of the pandemic, Mikiko was a hit: The couple sold hundreds of donuts for pre-ordered pickup, landed at Portland restaurants for brunch service, and ended up on New York shelves. Seasons in the greater Portland area.
In the new store, the couple, joined by Joel Magruder, will sell eight varieties of filled and unfilled donuts: POG (passionfruit orange guava), black sesame and Thai tea, as well as donuts filled like strawberry with matcha pudding or passion fruit. cottage cheese. The store will often swap seasonal flavors and unique products, and will also use the ‘naked’ donuts as the base for the sous vide egg breakfast sandwiches – egg and cheese with country ham, egg and shiitake duxelles and egg nduja. and cheese sandwich. McGillivray also plays with a chicken and waffle variation with chicken mochiko and mochi waffles, served with lapsang syrup and pickled stone fruit.
Mikiko Strocher, who works full time as a teacher, has returned to the classroom, but McGillivray and Magruder will take care of the new cafe on a daily basis. McGillivray, who worked in the kitchen for years, grew up 10 blocks from the new location with his mother, a former Oregon Culinary Institute instructor; her mother died earlier this month. “It’s very bittersweet without my mom,” he said. “She is… 100% why I do what I do and why we are here today. She loved our quirky and charming little neighborhood, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be.
Mikiko will open at 2821 NE Everett Street, 111.
• Mikiko Mochi Donuts [Official]
• Why Mochi Donuts are all the rage in Portland right now [EPDX]
• One of Portland’s new Northwest Mochi Donut pop-up lots. [EPDX]