Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ho-Land Hopia & Bakery

For the best hopia in town, of course, Ongpin Street in Binondo is the best place to go to. Nothing compares to the Chinese delicacies that can be bought in Ongpin. They're affordable and worth every peso you pay for them.

Although I've only tried three brands of Hopia here (Eng Bee Tin, Salazar, and Ho-Land), I think Ho-Land's Mung Bean Pastry (Hopia Mongo) is the best one I've tasted so far. This pastry is simply heavenly. It has a very light flavor and just the right sweetness for a Hopia. 

I'm not saying that Salazar's and Eng Bee Tin's Hopia are not as delicious as this one but I just prefer this version over the others. It's hard to compare the different versions of Hopia in Ongpin because every one of them has its own special feature. Salazar's Hopia crust, for instance, is well-toasted and firmer than the other brands sold in Ongpin while Eng Bee Tin's is softer, sweeter, and very white (it seems as if it's not at all toasted). Ho-Land's Hopia crust, on the other hand, has this distinct  flaky, almost papery, consistency, which is so delicate, it feels as if it just melts in your mouth.

I think this flaky consistency is really what makes this Hopia very delicious and appealing though a lot of people might feel that this makes the pastry very messy to eat. Nevertheless, I don't mind dirtying the floor with the heavenly flakes of this Hopia. I'd clean the house anytime to have a taste of this delicious delicacy.

Ho-Land Hopia
(02) 242-9707
551 E.T. Yuchengco St. cor. Carvajal
Binondo, Manila


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