National City has one of the largest Filipino enclaves in Southern California, with whole strip malls devoted to cuisine of the Philippines. On the north side of town, Ching’s Famous Hopia Bakeshop specializes in hopia, a variety of flaky filled pastry.
Ching’s Famous Hopia Bakeshop turned 15 years old on November 21. They sell turon, beef or chicken empanadas, and big slabs of sweets, but the big draw is definitely hopia, which are sold in trios ($1.60) up to 50pc ($26.55), at which point they kick in three freebies.
Ching’s furnishes six flavors of hopia: mongo (mung bean), baboy (winter melon), pineapple, buko pandan (coconut), ube (taro) and langka (jackfruit). Earthy ube and sweet pineapple were my favorites, but with pastry so flaky, each variety was pretty easy to like.
Note: Cash Only