I love bakeries and freshly baked goods. Among the abundant Chinese bakeries here in Vancouver and Richmond, Kam Do is my favourite for winter melon cakes (alternatively called sweetheart cake). In Chinese, they're called 老婆饼, which directly translates to "wife's cookie". Why such a name for a pastry? There are a few legends that describes the origin of this pastry. One legend says that winter melon cakes were invented by a man and dedicated them to his wife. His wife had sold herself in return for money that was needed for medicine for her father-in-law.
I've tried many winter melon cakes from many different Chinese bakeries here, and I have to say that I fell in love with Kam Do's after the first bite. Be gentle with them as the outside is flaky and delicate, but the inside is filled with a paste that makes it chewy. I think Kam Do does an excellent job of making the outside flaky as well as the taste of the paste and the degree of chewiness. And as you may know, I love chewy food!
|老婆饼 Winter melon cake|
|Kam Do Restaurant & Bakery|
Apart from these pastries, Kam Do also sells a variety of other Chinese baked buns, pastries, and cakes. But I would have to say, the winter melon cakes are a must try! The baked goods are packaged in a nice red box. Just beside their bakery, is Kam Do Restaurant, a Hong Kong style café.
Not too long ago, they also opened their second bakery (only) location next to Richmond Centre shopping mall.