Walnut Cake (Hodo Kwaja)
Walnut Cakes or in Korean known as Hodo Kwaja resemble an actual walnut and either have walnut or almond pieces on the outer shell of the cake. Traditionally Walnut Cakes are made with a sweet red bean filling inside with walnuts; but here in our Toronto downtown location we have three different types of walnut cakes. The three different kinds are the Mashed Potato filling with Walnuts , Mashed Potato filling with Almonds and Red Bean filling with Walnuts. Our Mashed Potato filling is a unique flavour only found in our store the owner, Jong Sik Lee, created when opening the bakery in 1992 to cater to the Canadian palate; it is a western twist on a Korean traditional snack. The filling is created from a mashed potato powder mixed with brown sugar and milk which taste more like chestnuts than mashed potato. Our Red Bean filling is our own secret recipe that takes us about a day and a half to produce. The red beans are hand selected by, prepared and cooked by the owner. The red beans are boiled, mashed (to create a paste form) and sweetened by adding white sugar. The boiling and mashing process is repeated many times to get just the right texture; after the process it is cooled over night and another mashing process is repeated to finalize the process.
Korean Pancakes (Hotteok)
Korean pancakes or Hotteok in Korean are pancakes stuffed with mostly Brown Sugar, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon or a Red Bean filling. The dough is yeast and cornflour based which pair nicely with the melted sugary filling or sweet red bean filling. Our Korean Pancakes are the first and only to be made fresh daily in Toronto and they are made three times a day. We start at 11:30AM in the morning, 3:00PM in the afternoon and at 5:30PM in the evening (starting times may vary based on stock and weather). Our Korean Pancakes are great for a quick breakfast, snack or dessert; simply reheat them in a microwave, toaster oven or on a frying pan (with a little bit of butter or non-stick pan). When the pancakes were first introduced to our bakery many of our elderly customers spoke of nostalgic memories when seeing them being made in front of their high school on a cart in the chilly winter weather. Fortunately our Korean Pancakes are served ALL year round.
Chun Byung is a Japanese Senbei inspired Korean snack that resemble thin waffle-like cookies which have either Sliced Almonds, Peanut bits or Dried Unseasoned Seaweed on the back of them. They are Baked, not fried. Since we do not add any preservatives in our products we are Unable to Bake them During the Summer months, due to the humidity.
Madeleine is a French inspired pastry the owner has customized by adding Almond Powder to the batter before baking to give it a hint of an almond flavour. Greatly paired with a cup of coffee or tea; kids love them with a glass of milk or juice. Our conveniently packs of three Madeleines are great to put in your bag for a snack or your kids’ lunch boxes.
Sherbets (Red Bean, Fruit and Rice Cake)
Sherbets are Cold Desserts we serve all year round (Rice Cake is served Only in the Summer). We currently have three different types of sherbets: the Red Bean Sherbet, Fruit Sherbet and our new Rice Cake Sherbet. The Red Bean Sherbet is Shaved Ice, then a Layer of Sweet Milk (can be substituted with fruit juice), a generous serving of Red Bean Syrup (we make ourselves), Fruit Cocktail, a Maraschino Cherry and Healthy Rice Powder is gently dusted on top. The Fruit Sherbet is Shaved Ice, then a Layer of Sweet Milk, a Layer of Strawberry Syrup (we make ourselves as well) is poured over the ice, another Layer of Strawberry Syrup is coated on the Chunks of Fruits (Pineapples, Strawberries,Blueberries and Peaches) which are then placed on top of the ice and a Final Drizzle of the Strawberry Syrup to finish. Our newest product is the Rice Cake Sherbet which is Shaved Ice, then a Layer of Sweet Milk (can be substituted with fruit juice), a generous serving of Red Bean Syrup, Rice Cake (our own home-made, no preservatives) and Healthy Rice Powder is gently dusted on top.