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September 16, 2006

Cambodians often run donut shops in San Francisco. I asked Lily, who is Cambodian and runs three, why that is. I thought maybe donuts were a big part of her culture when she lived there.

“We don’t have donuts in Cambodia. Cambodians are very poor, donuts are very cheap to make. You can buy 30 pounds of flour for twenty dollars and make many donuts. Vietnamese, they are rich, they open grocery stores. It costs a lot of money to open a grocery store.”


  1. If this lady is making donuts just out of flour she’s going to be poor for a very long time… The ones in the picture look pretty good, though. Not the red ones, those look liked worked-over anuses.

    Comment by Lyle_S — September 16, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

  2. worked over anuses, huh? LMAO about that one! As for the anecdote, I like it. I wonder who’s in charge of the donut debauchery here in L.A. I will say this: people don’t know shit about good donuts until they’ve had one from Southern Made. Krispy Kreme had two owners back in the day. When they split, one started Southern Made and the other stuck with Krispy Kreme–or maybe it was the other way around. Anyway, Elvis Presley said it was the best damn donut he’d ever had. They still have one in Shreveport, Louisiana in the ghetto (ONLY place to get good food!) It’s located near Willis Knighton Hospital/Hearne Avenue. I recommend the maple bars and the Kruellers.

    Comment by e. march — September 16, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

  3. this is an old photo, why is you lyin’? (comma splice)

    Comment by — September 18, 2006 @ 8:17 am

  4. Worked over anuses…brilliant. But I don’t know what LMAO stands for…

    And finally, no, this is not an old photo. The other donut photo I believe you’ve seen on this site is from dunkin donuts, a chain that does not have the typical donut case, with donuts behind glass. Dunkin Donuts puts they’re donuts behind their workers, not in front of their workers, and up high on racks with no glass protection.

    Looking carefully at this photo, you can see the incandescent light reflecting on the glass. But now that I think about it, the photos are pretty similar. Seen one worked over anus, you’ve seen em all.

    Comment by jon — September 18, 2006 @ 11:51 am

  5. Laughing

    Comment by e. march — September 26, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

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