So what’s the scoop on the story? Well, lets unwrap a box of Kam Do’s excellent pastries flown straight from Vancouver (yes, from a super awesome girlfriend getting married!), there’s a few versions. First version is a baker was either about to start a bakery or his bakery wasn’t faring so well. His wife asked him to make a traditional pastry of her village, which wasn’t super sweet and would help him stand out from the competition in the village. She made one for him to try and he scoffed at it saying a pastry that’s barely sweet and made with wintermelon?! Wintermelon is used only for soup! He was unconvinced… until he bit into one. He went on to make a fortune baking and selling them in his village, and named the pastry “old woman cakes”, as wife is loosely translated into “old woman”, or now more commonly known as wife or sweetheart cakes.
Regardless of what version of the story is true, the elements remain the same – husband and wife inspire one another to overcome adversity and grow as a family (and financially… Chinese love happy endings with lots of money!) and that’s the symbolism behind these delightfully flakey savory on the outside and slightly sweet on the inside pastries.
You can get them traditionally stuffed with just slightly sweetened wintermelon paste, or have spiced, sesame seed or nut varieties added to the wintermelon filling. It’s a story that will continue to change over time, but Chinese and others will continue to purchase these toothsome pastries for their sweethearts and wives for years to come.
Kam Do Bakery
Address No 3 Rd Ste 130-6211 Richmond, BC V6Y 0C2
Phone (604) 284-5611
Hours Open daily 6am-8:30pm
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