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Who makes hodo kwaja Korean pastry in Bay Area?

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bobsil1 Feb 1, 2011 02:35 PM

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...

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

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    Eat.Choui Feb 1, 2011 04:02 PM

    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:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Korean-Market/176176215728862#!/pages/First-Korean-Market/176176215728862?v=info

    Someone posted a recipe here:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/517215

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      bobsil1 Feb 1, 2011 11:00 PM

      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 ;)

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      sairuh Feb 1, 2011 06:55 PM

      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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        bobsil1 Feb 1, 2011 11:01 PM

        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.

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          staple Feb 2, 2011 10:12 AM

          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.

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            Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2011 01:34 PM

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

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

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            Hankook Supermarket
            1092 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA

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              staple Feb 2, 2011 01:57 PM

              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.

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                bobsil1 Apr 8, 2011 09:18 PM

                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. Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2011 07:43 AM

        Some places I've been meaning to check out:

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        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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          stravaigint Jan 29, 2014 07:49 AM

          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.

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          Tous Les Jours
          3535 Homestead Rd‎, Santa Clara, CA 95051
          http://tljus.com/locations/store-loca...

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