Diolyn’s Bakery: Special Ube Hopia
Hopia is an inexpensive Filipino pastry traditionally filled with either munggo (dark beans) or kundol (white gourd cooked in lard to pass as baboy or pork). It was introduced by Fukienese immigrants from southern China.
In recent years, various flavor fillings have been used for hopia, including ube (purple yam).
The Filipino HOPIA is related to Indonesia’s Bakpia Pathok, which are small, round-shaped Chinese-influenced sweet rolls, usually stuffed with mung beans. They are called 肉饼 in Chinese.
When buying mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival, you’ll notice that it’s the Suzhou-style flaky mooncakes that are similar to the Philippine hopia.