What it is: This "doughnut" is technically a croquette, filled with the spicy, fermented, cabbage-y goodness that is kimchi (and some pork, rumors say). According to this YouTube video, the croquette gets toasted, smells like pizza, and isn’t that bad.
We imagine: Kimchi and pork on any sort of bread reminds us of Korean barbecue tacos, so we’ll just say it’s a calzone version of Kogi BBQ and call it a day.
We imagine: Well, we’re not sure what to imagine here. A cheese-covered doughnut would remind us of a grilled cheese on extremely light bread, but the addition of the glaze freaks us out. Edible Communities points out a similar cheese-topped doughnut in Elmhurst, N.Y., where the cheese is fairly mild and "more savory than sweet." We’d like to think it’s Dunkin’s spin on the cheesecake, but it’s probably more savory. So, a cheesy doughnut with a hint of sugar.
What it is: This is, fortunately, a yeast doughnut, which means the batter is less sweet and more filling. Topped with dried pork (sometimes called pork floss), and often with seaweed, the doughnut is more of a savory breakfast bread than the sugar-coated treats of our childhood.
We imagine: Well, considering this writer grew up eating pork floss on morning buns, it’s not too weird. It’s a bao in doughnut form.
What it is:Durian, known for its extremely pungent odor and love-it or hate-it following, supposedly smells like rotting meat to a couple of folks.
We imagine: Since durian is sort of a creamy fruit, we can imagine how the texture would work (if they use real fruit, that is). If the smell is somehow baked out of the pastry, this doughnut could actually be an exotic, fruity endeavor.
What it is: Mochi, or glutinous rice, is actually delicious and deserves more credit than its name implies. Plus, the doughnuts tear apart in adorable rounds and come in flavors like green tea, chocolate, banana, and mango.
We imagine: All the goodness of mochi combined with the frosting of a doughnut. Just add ice cream.
What it is: Apparently, this flavor is very popular in Asia, although it doesn’t sound all that great. Dunkin’ takes a traditional glazed doughnut, adds dried, shredded chicken, and tops it off with Thai chile paste.
We imagine: A weirdly sugary taco. Just add Sriracha.
What it is: Obviously this doughnut isn’t technically from abroad, but we figured we might as well toss in one strange, regional menu item. In Texas, Dunkin’ Donuts serves kolaches, a treat often found in Czech bakeries. A typical kolache is a soft, sweet, yeasty roll filled with apricots, prunes, cheese, poppy seeds, or sausage. The Dunkin’ version uses a cheesy smoked sausage link, which may not be weird, but doesn’t usually come in a doughnut. Fill it with apricots and we’ve got another story.
We imagine: A slightly sweet hot dog wrapped in a super soft bun.