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Sep 1, 2011 09:50 PM

"Wife" cakes? (lou po beng)

JThur01's thread about mooncakes reminded me that I've been looking for a source of good "wife" cakes (also known as "sweetheart" cakes) in the LA area:


I became addicted to these while living in the UK. Among ethnically Chinese residents in both countries, there's a higher ratio from Hong Kong and surrounding provinces in the UK than there are in LA, so I realize these may not be easy to find around here.

In the meantime, I've found the Taiwanese melon cakes that are available at most local Chinese groceries to be a good cross-addiction, e.g.:


These are sort of like winter melon Fig Newtons.

But it's not the same, and I still crave wife cakes.


There was wife cake thread a few years ago, and I tried some of the places mentioned (JJ Bakery, Cathy's Bakery) but they were a shadow of the ones available in London.

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  1. Check with Taiwanese bakeries. If memory serves I recall seeing them at Cathy's and I Fu Tang. But I'm sure others have them as well.

    I've also seen them in packaged bags at Shun Fat.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Thanks, ipse. I tried Cathy's a few years ago and they were not great, but I should probably give them a second chance. I haven't been to I Fu Tang, though, or noticed them at SF, so I'll give these a try.

    2. Note: If there's a mail order source of outstanding wife cakes, that would work too.

      1. I think I ate some from Kee Wah bakery in Monterey Park, but I can't say for certain.

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        1. re: raytamsgv

          Yep Kee Wah has them for sure. But they don't have husband cakes...