One of my fondest childhood memories remains the Sunday trips to the donut shop for a blueberry donut and chocolate milk I took so often with my dad. I’m sure it wasn’t, but in my mind, it seems like nearly every Sunday morning, this was our date. My donut choices evolved from pink sprinkles, to blueberry cake, to simple donut holes when I got to my pre-teen years. My dad always got a bear-claw. Over twenty years later and those donut dates still feel like some of my best days.
Tyler Lee, of Do Good Donuts, is in the business of creating those same lasting memories. Ever since her sweet and humble corner donut shop popped up in our neighborhood a few months ago, it's been a destination for simple, wholesome treats that everyone keeps talking about.
“I never thought I would get so lucky and turn my dream of being a business owner into a reality,” Tyler says.
In the same year that Tyler gave birth to her first baby, Juniper, she also brought her business to life. Tyler says she’d love to coin the term “donut date,” and that seeing the neighborhood come out to not only support, but also love, her little shop is incredible. Centered around family and quality time with the ones you love, Tyler leans on her own family for support.
“Peter [Tyler’s husband] has a super infectious giggle of a laugh. He is my rock and the most amazing father. Juniper is 17 months old and the light of our family. She is a sweet little one and her favorite thing to do is share her snacks and say hi to puppies.” Tyler says, “We've had so much help with Juni from Peter's mom and sister. I think that's partly why I'm able to look back on Juni's first year as one of my best. It takes a village!”
Tyler came to Long Beach to attend college and she fell in love. “Its diversity, its friendliness, its quirkiness, its architecture. I often drive around the beautiful neighborhoods and still can't believe I live here and this is where my kids will grow up. Long Beach is the best big city with a small-town feel.”
Considering it's National Donut Day and Tyler owns a donut shop, perhaps we should be sharing a donut recipe! But when I asked Tyler to share something that felt close to her heart, she nearly immediately told me about this savory, comforting Korean chicken stew that she and her husband make weekly for their family. Taught to Peter by his mother and then passed on to Tyler, this one-pot meal is the epitome of simple, good, shareable food. You can easily customize the dish by adding carrots or other vegetables and more or less spice.
The Korean culture being passed down to her daughter by Peter and his side of the family is not lost on Tyler. It's a source of pride for their family, and she's proud Juniper is being raised with influence from so many different cultures. Maybe this stew will be the first dish she and Peter teach Juniper to make on her own.
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven and brown both sides of chicken thighs.
- Toss in chopped onion and cook until soft. Once onions are soft and fragrant, toss in garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
- Add gochujang and stir in to combine. Add half a cup of water to almost cover the chicken then cook on medium until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. (Cover it with a lid if you want it to cook faster and have a hungry family to feed!)
- Add potatoes and cook until soft, but not falling apart.
- Roughly chop or ribbon green onions and dress with soy sauce, rice vinegar and sugar.
- Taste the chicken and add salt & pepper or more gochujang. Adding more gochujang will add spice to your dish, so add cautiously.
- Serve over cooked white rice and top with green onion garnish. Enjoy!
**Tyler says this dish makes even better leftovers!**