I hate donuts. Hate 'em. They leave a slick oily after taste and they're just plain boring.
But I love other incarnations of deep fried dough. Chinese fried crullers (You Tiao) are one of my guilty pleasures. Airy, crispy, and a delight to eat, especially after a dunk in Chinese chili paste.
I recently discovered frybread from Memphis, a Southern food joint in Costa Mesa. Made of cornbead dough, deep fried until a deep mahogany brown, topped with cheese, diced chicken and corn, I couldn't get enough of this.
I looked up what frybread was and found that its history is linked to Native Americans. Scuttled to reservations and given rations of flour and lard by the US Government, they improvised the frybread out of necessity.
My question is where to get more of this stuff? O.C. would be best, but L.A. suggetions also welcome.
BTW, check out this page on Fried Doughs around the world: