Hopia is a popular Filipino snack. It’s similar to Chinese mooncake. You can have it in different fillings but my favorite has to be with munggo or mung beans. I swear I can easily eat 10 pieces in one sitting. Oh my waistline.
The other day I was craving for them so bad I had to go to an Asian store to buy a pack of mung beans. I have never made hopia before so I thought I would experiment and try to make it healthy if possible. This looooong, relentless and bitter winter (yes, it’s still like winter here though it’s mid April already) has been giving me serotonin imbalance I have to compensate by overeating loads of carbs for daily dose of happiness. The result— Well, hello there, bigger thighs!
So this hopia is not quite like the ones you can buy in corner stores around the Philippines because I tried to make it less calorific. The good thing is, it’s still tasty and chances are, I would still fit in my jeans after eating them all.
Note that ingredients with asterisks can be substituted. Their measurements can also be adjusted. Recipe yields 20 pieces.
- ½ pack or 200 g yellow mung beans
- 90 g brown sugar* ( double the measurement if you want it sweet,)
- 300 ml water
- 240 g all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp white crystal sugar
- 100 ml water
- 100 ml extra virgin olive oil* (can be substituted with canola or vegetable oil)
- 120 g all-purpose flour
- 50 g butter, room temperature, cut in cubes
- 1 egg
- egg yolk
- 1 tbsp milk
6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for about 15 minutes or until hopia turns slightly brown.
Side note: You might have some extra filling left. You can freeze it and use it the next time you make hopia. Or you can leave it in the fridge and eat it as a snack, too. I do.
Side story: My friends and I were about to board the boat for a night cruise along the River Seine in Paris when one attendant suddenly said “hopia-mani-mani-itlog” ( hopia- peanuts-peanuts- egg) the moment he heard us talking in Tagalog. That’s what vendors say around bus terminals in the Philippines to let you know what they’re selling for snack. So funny. I wonder if that French guy ever bought and ate hopia when he was there.