Hodo Kwaja Bakery Review


656 Bloor Street West

(416) 538-1208

Pricing: Cheap

Cuisine: Korean

Type: Dessert/Snacks

Rating: 10/10

Hodo Kwaja on Urbanspoon

I’ve eaten these cakes ever since I could remember. Not because I’m Korean but because my aunt is. Her and my uncle would always bring over these little walnut shaped cakes and all of the kids would scarf them down like they were peanuts. They are literally the size of a walnut and you can easily just pop one (or two) into your mouth.

2013-08-10 20.56.33

They come in two fillings: red bean and mashed potato. You heard me, mashed potatoes (with a hint of cinnamon I believe). I find kids only eat the mashed potato one because it’s familiar and will always finish those off first. But for me, I actually prefer the red bean one because it’s sweeter. Did I mention it’s $1.50 for 6?!

2013-08-10 22.24.20

2013-08-10 22.24.32

I didn’t know where the cakes came from until I bought a box a few years ago and saw that it was the same box. Their sign used to be green, like you’ll see in the video below, but they have since changed it to match their boxes. It is now a maroon colour with hints of orange.

Although there are chairs and tables in this little shop, it’s really one of those places where you just grab and go. It operates like any other casual bakery, you pay and whatever you do after is your business.

They also serve red bean sorbet which is a Korean dessert made out of shaved ice with milk and things from red bean to a variety of fruits. This, I have not tried but will the next time I go in!

If you’ve never tried walnut cakes, then you’re missing out. These addictive little things will have you coming back for more and depending on when you go, you might just get them pipping hot or see them get made by that giant machine at the front.