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Chinese wife cake 老婆饼

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luckattack Apr 11, 2012 03:15 PM

Does anyone know which bakery sells the kind that is chewy on the inside? I only know of one which is across the street from Mt Sac but want to stay in the San Gabriel/Alhambra area.

  1. Peripatetic Apr 11, 2012 03:32 PM

    Not exactly the same question, but I asked something similar not too far back:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805058

    I did try Kee Wah but they were unmemorable. Still have to try the others.

    If you're after a chewy melon fix, those ubiquitous Chinese melon cakes might work. I've found these brands at Hawaii market:

    Honey Dew Melon Cake (best, more browned crust)
    - Hurng Fur Foods Factory Co, Ltd dba Nice Choice (Taiwan) - http://www.nicechoice.com.tw/
    Muskmelon Cake (more fruit but crumbly)
    - Affinity Food Co, Ltd - http://www.smilesun.com.tw/

    The best ones I've found so far are made by the bakery inside of the 99 Ranch in Arcadia.

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      luckattack Apr 11, 2012 11:40 PM

      I've tried both Kee Wah and I fu Tang and also Diamond bakery and a bunch of others. I know there is one place around here that has the chewy ones but just don't remember. When I say chewy it is like mochi chewy and not as sweet as the normal paste. So kind of like a mochi wrapped with a flaky crust and pretty flat, not the puffy ones.

    2. J.L. Apr 11, 2012 11:59 PM

      Most Chinese bakeries offer wife cake 老婆餅 for sale (yes, I use traditional Chinese characters, never simplified). You want the flaky, flat type, right?

      Olympic Bakery, in the Kmart complex (corner of Las Tunas & Rosemead) has them. So does Diamond Bakery and JJ Bakery. Good luck.

      I seriously hope no Chinese wives are offended by the fact that these cakes are flaky and flat...

      1. ipsedixit Apr 12, 2012 06:50 AM

        Any Chinese bakery in the SGV (including those mentioned above) all will have the ones you want.

        You just have to special order the "chewy" ones you are looking for.

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