Growing up in Asia, I remember munching on small walnut cakes with a creamy custard filling. It was a treat that my parents got us just before we left the mall to go home. Stumbling on Hodo Kwaja at Koreatown, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic – I had finally found a spot that made those delicious walnut cakes!
There are different kinds of filling that you can have within your walnut cakes, and not all of them are as sweet or predictable as you would think. I imagine that one of the more popular fillings Hodo Kwaja has is their red bean and walnut filling. A very traditional filling used in Asia! What I appreciate the most is that they make each of the of walnut cakes using the same machine that I remembered growing up. The machine looks like a conveyor with metal containers to cook the shell of the cakes. Once the batter starts to cook, the whole bakery smells absolutely heavenly!
Aside from the walnut cakes, you can buy a variety of other pastries, pancakes and hot beverages. The walnut cakes are sold with your choice of filling in 6 pieces, 12 pieces, 30 pieces or 70 pieces. Writing about Hodo Kwaja and these walnut cakes are only making me crave them more… I know what I’ll be snacking on tomorrow!