If you’re anything like us, you might occasionally find yourself strolling in Little Korea craving the perfect snack. Something sweet, but not too sweet. Bite-sized, but satisfying. Shareable, but less than $2. And with a certain Willy Wonka whimsy. Fortunately, you’re in the right neighborhood. Bloor Street west of Bathurst is peppered with charming little Korean bakeries churning out just such a treat – walnut cakes. In addition to being filled with a tasty walnut and red bean paste, the pastry is charmingly shaped like a walnut about the size of a TimBit.
If you are a very lucky fish, you will arrive to see the tiny walnut cakes being baked in the gigantic contraption worthy of Willy Wonka’s factory (seriously, it looks like it should be operated by Oompa Loompas). At $1.25 for a half dozen, and with all that nostalgia coursing through the air, walnut cakes are an ideal snack for a date when you’re hurting for coin. Feed them to one another while they’re still warm as you stroll through the shade of Christie Pits. It’s always worked for us.