Donut Delite is a small donut shop tucked away on the corner of Madera and Royal Ave. in Simi Valley. The have been open for 30 years, and although the appearance of the business may look unassuming, don't be so quick to judge a book by its cover. Donut Delite is known to have some of .the best donuts in town, so good in fact that Fox 5 News did a special feature on the business in the program "Burrous Bites", where they feature amazing food that is often times overlooked and unheard about. Watch the clip below to see the report on this unsung donut hero.
The Taing family opened the doors of Donut Delite in1989; yes that's right, 30 years ago! Sam and Yim Taing bought the business from a previous donut shop owner. They were immigrants from the East Asian country of Cambodia. Sam and Yim Taing fled the country while it was under the ungodly regime of the Khmer Rouge. They were refugees looking to escape the genocide that ravaged their country in hopes to provide a possible future for their children.
At that time, many Cambodians were entering the donut shop business. It was a business model taught by other Cambodians who established themselves after they left the homeland. Sam and Yim Taing opened the donut shop as a means to survive. It was the only card they had to play after surviving the tragedies of the place they called home.
Incidentally, the unmistakable "pink box" that you see in all donut shops has significant meaning to Cambodian people. During those times, the pink color was the cheapest in price, therefore was purchased by the donut shop owners to increase profitability. Now, decades later, it is a symbol used to commemorate the survival of the Cambodian people. Remember that next time you get a box of donuts!
What sets the donuts at Donut Delite apart from its competitors is its incredible airiness and fluffiness. After 30 years of perfecting the art, the Taing family produces some of the lightest and pillowy donuts you have ever tasted. Lee Taing, the son of Sam and Yim, says "It's all about the timing. The dough has to be fried and an absolutely critical point in the process or the product will be flat and greasy." His father Sam has perfected this method, which he executes every morning during the dark hours before any of us are even awake. His disciplined and seasoned technique can be tasted in every bite.
The Taing family also believes in keeping things approachable. Simple glazes and toppings makes for a perfect decadent donut. No wonder their patrons line up day in and day out for these delicious pieces of heaven!
Donut Delite gets most of their clients through word of mouth. They will also send gift boxes of donuts to local businesses in order to spread their love throughout their community. Unable to resist the craving for more, the recipients will return to the shop for another taste of donut goodness.
Some of the struggles that Donut Delite faces today is the cost of goods that are constantly on the rise. "Some patron's aren't thrilled about paying more money for donuts," says Lee, "It's a treat that many consider to be a commodity, and rising prices may make them look elsewhere." The Taings are unwilling to sacrifice the quality of their product, and their commitment their cause might lead them into a tight situation.
Currently, Donut Delite does not have plans to open any more locations, yet they have expanded their business by selling their products wholesale to other donut shops in the Los Angeles area. Who knows, you might be enjoying the pleasures of Donut Delite more often than you know! Be sure to pay them a visit if you're passing through town; but if you're already a native to Simi Valley, stop by and say hello! And do yourself a favor, get a pink box full of these irresistible donut delights.
1464 Madera Rd. #A
Simi Valley, CA 93065