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November 28th, 2009 | EarthBound, Uncommon Knowledge

Everyone knows Dr. Andonuts likes donuts/doughnuts, but not many people know where Dr. Andonuts actually gets his name.

The Japanese are fond of azuki red bean paste, generally called an or anko in Japanese. They use it a lot in sweets, often as filling for pastries. If you’ve ever heard of the famous Anpanman animated character, his head is filled with an. This an is also used in donuts, which are called “an-donuts”.

andonut
these are an-donuts

There aren’t any English Wikipedia pages for it, but you can see the Japanese page here. They’re popular and you can find them just about everywhere in Japan, even grocery stores and convenience stores. Try them if you get a chance, I find they’re really nice when fresh or slighty chilled, like if left in a fridge for a short while.

 

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29 Comments to The Origin of Dr. Andonuts’ Name


Jeagle101 said on Nov. 28, 2009

Mmmm… Now I wanna eat one of those donuts.

Yoshimad123 said on Nov. 28, 2009

Those look delicious!

Gummidge said on Nov. 28, 2009

They make me think of scotch eggs, but healthier.

Ninji said on Nov. 28, 2009

Whoa! Those an-donuts look DELICIOUS, I gotta try some whenever I go to Japan, which will hopefully be around summer-time.

Ann said on Nov. 28, 2009

Oh wow, I always thought it came from “And donuts” or something. In MOTHER2 when you meet Dr. Andonuts, does he ask Jeff if he wants an andonut?

Mato said on Nov. 28, 2009

I don’t recall off the top of my head but I don’t think so, I think he just asks about donuts in general.

Komaru said on Nov. 28, 2009

I’ve had an-donuts before, they’re quite tasty.

Leirin said on Nov. 28, 2009

Oh gee, thanks for making me REALLY hungry despite having just eaten lunch, Tomato. Even your name makes me hungry.

blahmoomoo said on Nov. 28, 2009

*traps Leirin in a crazy Japanese gameshow trap before they are able to grab Tomato*

I saved you, Mato!

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on Nov. 28, 2009

Nom nom nom. I’m guessing that’s almost as good as chocolate filling? Either way it looks good. =P

Axl-fox said on Nov. 28, 2009

I have the sudden urge to eat one of those things now

Jim said on Nov. 28, 2009

I remember eating something with that paste at a oriental bakery. The paste was okay, although a tad bitter.

Henk de Vries said on Nov. 28, 2009

I actually bought some of those at the local toko today before reading the blog…
Havn’t tried them yet though :/

Shyamalan said on Nov. 28, 2009

Tony thinks Jeff is yummy like an andonut.

Mister Crosser said on Nov. 28, 2009

Dakuta andonutsu?

Giovanni said on Nov. 29, 2009

Note that “an” is also the staple ingredient of Saturn Valley cuisine in MOTHER2, in both the almond-monaka and piggy-youkan – which stand out as the most distinctly Japanese food items in the game. So it seems like their future collaboration was meant to be foreshadowed by a common interest in pastries.

Master Geppuu / Prince Puu seem to be the most similar instance of ‘meaningful names’ being assigned as a sort of advance indication of a predestined encounter. One of the odder measures that the game uses to assure players that events aren’t just happening randomly, as weird as everything seems.

Raw said on Nov. 29, 2009

You know, I’ve played every mother game from start to finish and am shocked to realize I’ve never stopped to read and comprehend Dr. Andonuts’ name.

I always thought of him as Dr. Andronauts

anyone else? Or am I nutters?

santiagoff said on Nov. 29, 2009

Now I want to try one D=

FinalstarmanDX said on Nov. 29, 2009

I want some andonuts! I should track some down heheh, also I want to eat the andonuts with Dr. Andonuts! I should track him down too… *wink wink*

Starguy256 said on Nov. 29, 2009

Wow. Now I want an andonut too!

Starguy256 said on Nov. 29, 2009

tiny.cc/andonuts

babble fish’d wikipidea page

shamansanchez said on Dec. 9, 2009

Mmmmm andonut. I had one when I was in Japan. See if the name of the bakery sounds familiar, too, heh.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shamansanchez/3728256487/in/set-72157619214478579/

mudkipNDS said on Dec. 10, 2009

I would love to try one of these. Delicious. 😀

Soiherduliekeb said on Jan. 7, 2010

Need ANDONUT!

Anonymous said on Jan. 13, 2010

So he’s named after a kind of jelly doughnut-esque… doughnut?

Anonymous said on Jan. 13, 2010

Dokuta Andonattsu!

AnMochi said on Jun. 20, 2010

Even with the username I have I never picked up on that.

DUH.

Well, good to know!

gg said on Jul. 17, 2011

A donut with red tofu?

bill said on Dec. 3, 2013

Fun fact: Those are called “Timbits” in Canada. 😛


 

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