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Hodo Kwaja: Walnut-Shaped Goodies

By Sotong

Strolling in Koreatown after a hearty dinner, I stumbled upon Hodo Kwaja – the place a friend once told me about how disappointed she was for not getting to try when she last visited Toronto. As it was quite near closing time, I didn’t manage to catch a live performance of the making of these walnut-shaped goodies.

I got the Hodo Kwaja (aka Korean Walnut Cake) with mashed potato and almond filling (top) and red bean (bottom) filling. Besides being shaped like a walnut, there are actual walnut chunks  in the filling.  These cakes are not overpoweringly sweet and they’re quite addictive, I would say. They taste best when they’re hot and fresh out of the mold. So, you might want to consider popping them in the microwave for a few seconds before consuming if you kept them in the fridge overnight.



I also tried the Madeleine. They were moist but a little dense. I could taste a very slight tinge of almond.



Next up is the Chun Byung. It tasted similar to the Malaysian kuih kapek but in a more condensed version and with almond slices.


These sweet bites work well as an after-meal treat or as fillers between meals. Apparently they’re also well known for their Korean pancakes too. Gotta try that the next time I visit Toronto.

Food: 3.5/5

Ambiance: n/a (take away)

Service: 4/5

Price: below $10
Hodo Kwaja on Urbanspoon


3 comments on “Hodo Kwaja: Walnut-Shaped Goodies

  1. ghana1994
    July 19, 2013

    Heylo! Great blog! Well written, and the photos make the food look SO good. Yumm.

    • skinnyandsotong
      July 22, 2013

      Hey there! Thanks! Don’t forget to follow us. 😉

      • ghana1994
        July 22, 2013

        No worries; already following! 😀

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