the world is your platter
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.
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