The Filipino-style Chinese donut, or shtekeleh, is the great contribution of the District of Sitka to the food lovers of the world….A panatela of fried dough not quite sweet, not quite salty, rolled in sugar, crisp-skinnned, tender inside, and honeycombed with air pockets. You sink it in your cup of milky tea and close your eyes, and for ten fat seconds, you seem to glimpse the possibility of finer things.
–The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon
I did some research and this donut does not actually exist. Chabon made it up. There are people combing the internet for recipes, begging chef’s to try to invent one. I love it that a book can build a world people want to live in, or at least put in their bellies.