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"Wife" cakes? (lou po beng)

Peripatetic Sep 1, 2011 09:50 PM

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:

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweethea...

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.:

- http://www.nicechoice.com.tw/ee-b001-...

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. ipsedixit RE: Peripatetic Sep 1, 2011 10:00 PM

    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
      Peripatetic RE: ipsedixit Sep 1, 2011 10:05 PM

      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. Peripatetic RE: Peripatetic Sep 1, 2011 10:05 PM

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

      1. raytamsgv RE: Peripatetic Sep 2, 2011 12:33 PM

        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
          K K RE: raytamsgv Sep 2, 2011 12:50 PM

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

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