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Feb 1, 2011 02:35 PM

Who makes hodo kwaja Korean pastry in Bay Area?

Anyone know where I can find hodo kwaja -- Korean red bean paste and walnut pastries -- in South Bay, Peninsula or SF? Went to Baker's Village in Santa Clara, they don't make it. I'm drooling for them. Thanks in advance...

Baker's Village
1484 Halford Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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  1. I think them at First Korean Market about two years ago. It was in front of the cash register area and they only had it once in a while. You can give them a call and check. Maybe they might know where to get them if they don't make them anymore:

    Someone posted a recipe here:

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    1. re: Eat.Choui

      Thanks, I'll give them a call! The recipe looked a bit daunting, I've only made simpler stuff and no desserts yet. Bet my (non-Korean) mom could make 'em though, maybe I'll ask for her help ;)

    2. I've noticed that Hankook Market in Sunnyvale (on El Camino Real, just north of Lawrence Expwy) sold speciality cakes from a couple of Korean bakeries, Yewon Bakery and Seoul Rice Cake Bakery — both which are located in Santa Clara. I haven't visited either of them directly yet, though. Perhaps they might make what you're looking for?

      Side note: I had some really tasty black sticky rice cakes (by Yewon, I think?) which I picked up at Hankook. Not too sweet, and had nice junks of jujube, pumpkin and black bean; I could've done without the green peas in there as well, but that's just my own textural preference.

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      1. re: sairuh

        Awesome, thanks for the leads, I'll try and track these down. I'll keep an eye out for those rice cakes too. Love much of the stuff at Korean bakeries.

        1. re: bobsil1

          Yes, I was going to recommend HanKook market as well for their selection of rice cakes. They have quite a few of them. You may want to ask when they get deliveries from the bakeries to ensure it's freshest when you buy them.

          1. re: staple

            Hankook's not far from the previously-mentioned bakeries.

            Is that stretch of El Camino the South Bay's Koreatown?

            Hankook Supermarket
            1092 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I've called it TofuTown actually, but yes there are a large number of Korean restaurants in that area of El Camino near Lawrence. I really love Chosun Myunoak at El Camino and Calabazas for mul naeng myun. Mmm... I can't wait for summertime to come again.

              1. re: staple

                Finally tracked some down at Hannam supermarket, Koreatown, L.A. They were delicious but not that fresh, sold in racks by the rice desserts up front. Still trying to track down a fresher source.

      2. Some places I've been meaning to check out:

        Paris Baguette
        3561 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

        Green Bakery
        3050 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

        Jin's Bakery & Coffee
        3050 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I was in Jin's Bakery just recently, but didn't notice any hodo. I'll try to go back soon.

          Also, they just opened a Tous Les Jours in Santa Clara. The tuna croquette wasn't bad, but the twin egg bread that came out as we left looked really good.

          Tous Les Jours
          3535 Homestead Rd‎, Santa Clara, CA 95051