Sugar Donuts Chinese Buffet Style

Chinese donuts seem to be a menu item found on most Chinese buffets. It is easy to recreate these sugar donuts at home.

homemade Chinese donuts on a blue plate.

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Chinese Sugar Donuts

Chinese Buffets are known for a standard set of dishes. You are always going to see fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and even a great crab casserole. For some reason, often by the fried wontons, you are going to find some donuts. Those sugar donuts are delicious and very easy to make at home.

While Chinese Buffet Style Donuts may not be the world’s healthiest treat, they are quite delicious. You may want to try these not just as a dessert with a meal, but you may want to try them for a weekend breakfast or afternoon snack.

What are Chinese Donuts

These are like donuts, they are typically balls of dough that are deep-fried and then rolled in white granulated sugar. You can find these puffy donuts at many Chinese restaurants. They may have gotten their origin from Youtiao, the actual Chinese deep-fried dough that is often served for breakfast. In China these are made in a different shape, they are made in a long shape, so it’s easy to see how they were Americanized in many restaurants.

What does a Chinese donut taste like?

When you get these in most restaurants they taste like ordinary donuts. So if you have never tried one, and want to try them, this is an easy recipe for you. When you make one of these donuts you don’t need to make frosting because you roll it in granulated white sugar.

Recipe Ingredients

You only need 2 simple ingredients and some oil for frying. Here’s a list of what you need for this Chinese donuts recipe:

  • Refrigerated canned biscuits
  • Sugar
  • Frying oil like canola or vegetable oil
homemade Chinese donuts ingredients on a baking sheet.

Ingredient Notes

For the canned biscuits, I don’t recommend purchasing ones that are expensive. In fact, by the least expensive that you can. Definitely, do not purchase the flaky ones if you want to recreate this recipe at home.

I recommend using plain vegetable oil. Other types of oil would work, you could use corn oil, soybean oil, or even peanut oil.

How to Make Chinese Donuts (Sugar Donuts Chinese Buffet Style)

  1. Add enough oil to a deep fryer or large heavy bottomed pot so that it is a few inches deep. Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a couple of biscuits in the oil and cook until lightly browned on one side, about 1 to 1½ minutes.
  3. Turn the biscuits over to brown on the other side.
  4. When both sides of the donuts are golden brown, transfer them to a wire rack or paper towels and drain for 15 seconds, you will want to remove off the excess grease.
  5. Dredge the donuts in sugar while they are still warm.
homemade Chinese sugar donuts on a blue plate.

How do you eat a Chinese doughnut?

You would eat them as you would any donut, keep in mind these round donuts do not have holes in them, so you should enjoy them one bite at a time!

How to Store and Reheat Chinese Doughnuts

These donuts do not store very well. You can enjoy them immediately for the best flavor and texture, if you want to enjoy them later, I recommend storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 48 hours. I do not like to store these in the fridge, because I feel like it will give you poor results, they seem to get too hard if you refrigerate the leftovers. If you have an air fryer, you should reheat them for about 60 seconds at 350 degrees.

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More Easy Dessert Recipes

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homemade Chinese donuts on a blue plate.

Chinese Doughnut (Buffet Style)

Enjoy Chinese Buffet Style Donuts, even more, when you make them at home. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Buffet Style Donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 293kcal


  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • oil for frying
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • Add enough oil to a deep fryer or large, deep heavy pot so that it is a couple of inches deep.
  • Heat the oil to 350 degrees.
  • Place 2 to 3 biscuits in the oil and allow them to lightly brown on one side, about 90 seconds. Be sure to fry only a couple at a time or the oil may cool too much and the donuts will absorb too much oil.
  • Turn the biscuits over to brown on the other side.
  • When the donuts are golden brown on both sides, transfer them to a wire rack or paper towels to drain for 15 seconds.
  • Pour sugar into a small bowl.
  • Dredge the warm donuts in the sugar.



Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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