Hopia reflects the Chinese influence in Filipino cuisine. In the 17th century, Fujianese settlers brought over moon cakes to the Philippines. Nowadays, hopia comes in a flaky or cakey pastry type and can be filled with anything from mungo, to ube, to pork.
Making hopia is a labor of love. It is time consuming but once you get into the rhythm it is almost meditative. These are my Dad’s favorite merienda, so it was totally worth it to develop this recipe. These ship will and will last up to a week in an airtight container (if you can resist eating them all!).
The Goldilocks Bakebook does not have a recipe for hopia, so I tried my best to hack together my version. If you have never laminated dough before, the instructions can be quite confusing; it involves 2 doughs and a lot of assembly. I have a timelapse of the process below for your reference. Would you like to see a step by step photo tutorial or video?
- Hand blender or food processor
- #40 scoop or two tablespoons
- 2 inch cookie round cutter
- 1 cup Yellow mung beans
- 2 cups water
- 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
- 33 grams AP flour
- 135 grams flour
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 52 grams vegetable shortening, cut into small cubes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 66 grams AP flour
- 25 grams vegetable shortening, cut into small cubes
- 1 tbsp water
Mung bean filling
- Soak the mung beans overnight or at least 8 hours to soften. I use the same pot that I will boil it in the next day.
- Drain and rinse the mung beans. Add water and bring mung beans to a boil. Boil until the water is reduced to the surface of the mung beans.
- Turn off heat. Using a hand blender, blend the mung bean mixture until it is smooth.
- In a separate container, mix the AP flour with enough water to make a thick paste or slurry. Add this slurry to your mung bean mixture and return it to medium heat, mixing continuously until it thickens the paste and the flour cooks off. It will thicken further as it cools.
- Remove from heat. Put plastic wrap directly on the surface of the mixture so a skin does not form. Let it cool to room temperature.
- Mix together the flour, vegetable shortening, and salt. Mix well until the shortening pieces are coated in flour. Optional: use a dough cutter to mix in the shortening.
- Add the sugar water to the flour mixture and mix with fork until you have a shaggy dough.
- Knead the mixture a few times just until it comes together. Flatten it into a disc and square off the edges so that it is easier to roll the dough later.
- Combine all ingredients and mix with your hands. No need to be gentle here. Once it is well mixed, flatten it into a disc and square off the edges.
Combining the doughs
- Let both doughs rest for at least 20 minutes
- Roll dough #1 into a rectangle 1/4 inch thick.
- Roll dough #2 into a rectangle that is 2/3 the size of Dough #1 rectangle
- Place Dough #2 on top of Dough #1 along the edge so that 1/3 of dough #1 is exposed at the top
- Fold the exposed dough #1 over the middle. Fold the remaining third over both layers, like folding a piece of paper in 3.
- Turn the dough and roll it to the original size of dough #1. Repeat the 3 fold process. Turn the dough and repeat for a third time.
- Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
- Scoop the mung bean paste into 24 equal scoops and cover loosely
- Roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
- Cut the dough in half, lengthwise
- Tightly roll one half of the dough like a cinnamon roll or jelly roll, leaving the seam side down. Repeat with the other half
- Cut each roll into 12 equal pieces. Cover with plastic wrap
- Rolling out one piece of dough at a time, leave the seam side down and flatten the dough as thin as possible (You want it large enough to be able to cover and seal the mung bean mixture in the center).
- Fill the center of the dough with the mung bean mixture and wrap the dough, pinching it at the top to seal.
- Insert the filled pastry into a round cutter, about 2" in diameter.
- Press down on the pastry to form the hopia into a perfect circle.
- Repeat the assembly steps until you have made all 24 hopia. After assembling 12 hopia, preheat the oven to 350*.
- Place all 24 hopia on one parchment lined half sheet with the pinched side facing up. Bake for 20-22 minutes on the middle rack, or until slightly golden. Be sure that the hopia are golden or lightly browned before proceeding to the next step or they will lose their flat top.
- Mix together your egg with water to make the egg wash.
- Remove the sheet from the oven and turn the hopia so that the pinched side is facing down.
- Press down slightly on the hopia with a flat spatula. Brush the tops with your egg wash
- Return to the oven and bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
- Let hopia cool completely before serving.