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Aug 18, 2008 08:37 PM

where to buy walnut cakes in toronto

there are these asian cakes that are the size of walnuts and look just like them.
does anyone know any bakeries that sell them in toronto?

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  1. Hodo Kwaja

    Hodo Kwaja
    656 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

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    1. re: Rudiger

      Pacific mall has a few vendors who bake them fresh - you `can usually get them still hot!
      If not hit the T and T supermarket chain, they sell them by the box in their bakery section.

      1. re: Rudiger

        I second Hodo Kwaja per Rudiger as a purveyor of said walnut cakes.

        Have to admit - not a fan of Hodo Kwaja (Walnut Cake) – is this place considered very tasty for these treats? I don’t have a comparison, so I would like to know if I should venture out to try other vendors. They seemed a bit dry (but soggy and limp at the same time. I did not even know that was possible) and tasteless when I tried them a year or so back. The machine was fun to see as it is quite elaborate for churning out such tiny delights, but that was all I felt it had going for it.

        Pancake, I am not familiar with anyone selling them in Pacific Mall – I just know they sell those “chicken egg” waffle-like objects made with pancake batter, but I have never seen the Korean Walnut Cakes. Please correct me if I am wrong.

        1. re: BokChoi

          There's a Walnut Cake vendor upstairs in the Heritage Town area. Forget where, exactly, but I've bought them there before.

          1. re: mogo

            Interesting - do you know if they're much better than the one on Bloor near Christie in Korea Town? If they are, then I'd definitely give them a try.

            1. re: BokChoi

              I don't think I've tried Hodo Kwaja from that place, but the ones in P-Mall are definitely not dry or tasteless. :)

              1. re: mogo

                sounds promising. I'll check it out next time I'm there. Thanks for the tip, Mogo and pancake.

                1. re: mogo

                  i'm pretty sure the one upstairs at p-mall's heritage town is gone. it wasn't there when I went to get bubble tea from the store next door last weekend. it's been replaced by a clothing store.

                  the store at yonge and sheppard (11 spring garden ave) is called "canaan". it's been there forever!

                2. re: BokChoi

                  The problem with the one on Bloor is they make them all at once, and sell them from under the counter. I live in the Annex, and out of the many times I've passed by, I've seen the machine in operation only a few times.

                  They are really good when fresh, and they do get a bit soggy after some time, so you might luck out. Also try the red bean pancakes, usually they make them fresh, or you can ask to have it done.

                  1. re: chiujason

                    thanks tweenietoes for the headsup. I actually never head to the second floor of the heritage town (market village) - that could be why I have always missed it.

                    chiujason - the machine was working the one time I was there, but they probably ended up giving something they had sitting under the counter anyway. Seems strange they would spend so much on that contraption to ensure a better product.. then have their products sit under the counter to be sold to unsuspecting customers that end up never returning because of the sub-par product. Interesting business sense they have employed...

              2. re: BokChoi

                I know exactly what you mean by dry and soggy at the same time. In Korea, they're usually made to order at food stands with less batter, more walnuts and red beans, and crispy on the outside. Here, however, I also find them soggy, dry, flavorless and too dense. If you didn't like the ones at Hodo Kwaja, you probably won't like the ones anywhere else in Toronto.

                1. re: kimmich

                  Thanks kimmich. darn, I had such high hopes for those little cakes. I was imagining that they tasted better on their home turf - else, why would they be famous? Too bad.
                  Definitely lacking in walnut flavour - the ones I tried anyway.

            2. If you're in North York, there's a small bakery on Empress Ave. that sells them (I don't know the name). It's east off Yonge, next to the sushi restaurant.

              1. There is also a small bakery on the south side of Spring Garden that sells Korean walnut cakes too. Just North of Sheppard, off Yonge Street. I do not remember the name.

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                1. re: ghetto_scarlem

                  You're right. It's probably on Spring Garden, not Empress.

                2. There's a bunch on Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst - one of the shops makes them in the machine right in front of you. It's called Walnut Cake or something like that, too. If you just walk along the north side, you'll see a bunch. They're delish!

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                  1. re: canadianbeaver

                    Pacific mall 2nd floor. And peachtree plaza - Kennedy south of highway 7.

                    1. re: canadianbeaver

                      I believe there is only one now. There used to be 2 but one closed down.

                    2. Galleria Supermarket on Yonge north of Steeles has them freshly made on site - and there's always free samples.