Sunday, 21 November 2010

Ho's Chinese Bakery

Manchester, like most cities has its own Chinatown.

Ho's Bakery in Chinatown is one of my favourite bakeries.

Their cakes are so yum. My favourite is this Coconut Cake. The break like dough is so soft and the coconut mixture is heavenly.

Clockwise from top: Custard Bun, Cream Bun and Red Bean Bun.
I love red bean buns, although I do admit it is a bit of an acquired taste.
In Guyana, South America, where my Mother's family are originally from, they make a very similar pastry called "Black Eyed Cakes" which is made from black eyed peas.
I think these cakes are the direct result of the Chinese influence in Guyanese cuisine, and every Christmas my Grandmother would make these pastries for us to eat.
On a separate note, we also grew up eating "Chow Mein" which is a staple in Guyanese food and
again it was only until I was much older did I realise that it was a Chinese dish!

On my recent visit to Ho's, they were selling these Portuguese custard tarts. They were delish. The pastry was perfect - light and flaky!

One of my faves- good old plain cream sandwich cake. It is an eggless sponge which makes it so light, almost like a Swiss roll sponge.
The cream is light too and I love the way you get a massive wedge!
If you are in Manchester at any time, I would definitely recommend a trip to Ho's and don't be afraid to try something new!

1 comment:

  1. I think I'd like to visit Manchester just to eat that sponge sandwich it looks super yummy!