Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (2024)

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Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (1)Hopia is yet another favorite 'merienda' or snack for Filipinos. Hopia ismade of thin flaky pastry, traditionally filled with mung bean paste (Munggo). But nowadays, there are more variations to choose from when it comes to the filling, most popular is the Ube or Purple yam and the one I prefer more personally.

The truth is, I've been wanting to try to make Hopia for some time now (because of course, you can not buy them here in Germany) but it somehow intimidated me, it looks too complicated... just think about those thin flaky pastry encasingthe filling ..and how the h*** do you form them into that round, flat disk shape!!! Scary right?! But somehow I had to summon up enough courage and give Hopia a go because a special lady, named Shirley, asked for it after she tried the Ensaymada recipe I posted here some time ago (and I am really glad she liked it..wink! wink!). So after some intensive research, I was ready to make my very first Hopia.

As it turns out, it was not that difficult after all. Although it does require some muscle work when rolling the dough as thin as possible and believe me I've had arm muscle pain for some days that lasted longer than my Hopia that was gone so fast it was unbelievable...but it was all worth it!!!Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (3)

Although Shirley asked only for Hopia Munggo, I also tried making some with Ube or Purple Yam filling since I have some already made using my Ube Halaya Recipe.

I like them both and so did Armin (apparently) but I like the Ube more, aside from the taste, the texture is finer but the Hopia Munggo (I used red Mung bean) gave me some feeling of nostalgia, it brought back memories of my childhood days when I and my siblings would go to our neighboring Sari-sari store to buy Hopia for our afternoon snack.

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Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling

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Hopia is yet another favorite snack of Filipinos. This Hopia recipe is made of thin flaky pastry, filled with mung bean paste and Ube (purple yam) filling.

Prep Time: 1 hour hr 30 minutes mins

Cook Time: 20 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr 50 minutes mins

Course :Snack

Servings =24

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  • 1 cup red mung bean (or yellow) - boiled
  • ¼ cup condensed milk (optional)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour


  • 1 llanera Ube Halaya


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoons sugar - dissolved in ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup shortening or lard - cut into small cubes
  • pinch of salt


  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup shortening


  • 1 egg - beaten and diluted in ¼ cup water


  • MUNGGO FILLING: Soak Mung beans overnight. Drain and refresh water then bring to boil until the beans start to soften, reduce heat and cook until water is reduced just above the beans. Add the sugar and continue to cook until it starts to thicken. Transfer to a blender or use a stab mixer and pulse until it becomes smooth and fine. Put back to heat and add the condensed milk (if using) and flour. Cook while stirring constantly until it turns into a thick paste. Remove from heat and let it cool down before using.

  • Alternatively, canned red beans can also be used and here is therecipe.

  • FOR THE FLAKY PASTRY Combine all ingredients for Dough 1 in a big bowl. Mix the ingredients using a fork or spoon until shortening or lard are cut into small pieces and covered with flour. Add more water if too dry. Knead just a couple of times until they stick together and then form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for Dough 2. Mix well using your hands until a smooth dough is formed.

  • Roll Dough 1 into a rectangle about a half inch thick. Next place Dough 2 in between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper and roll into a rectangle about ⅔ the size of Dough 1. Place Dough 2 on top of Dough 1 covering two-thirds of the rectangle from the left side. Fold the third uncovered part (from the right) over the center part. Then fold the remaining third part (from left) over both layers, making 3 layers in total. (like foldiging a letter).

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  • Turn and roll the back to its original size and then repeat the three-fold process. Then do this again for the third time. After the last fold, let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes so the gluetn can relax and won't shrink back when rolled.

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  • Roll the dough again into its original size(rectangle). Cut the dough into 2, lengthwise, then tightly roll each dough into 2 cylinders (like a jelly roll). Cut each cylinder into 12 equal parts. Place them in a bowl and cover with a wet paper towel or plastic wrap to avoid from getting dry.

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  • Take a piece of dough and flatten with a rolling pin as thin as possible and try to make it round. Scoop a spoonful of the filling and place it in the middle. Gather the sides of the dough over the filling and pinch together to close. Take a round cookie cutter and insert the filled dough inside the circle, then with pinched side down press it against the counter to take form.

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  • Place the Hopia on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with the pinched side facing up and bake at 180°C/350°F for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden, they will form a bulge while baking but that is ok. Take them out of the oven and now turn them so that the pinched side is now facing down and slightly press them flat using a spatula or slotted turner. Brush with egg wash and return them to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

  • Remove from oven and let them cool on a cooling rack.


Alternatively, you may also buy ready-made Ube (Purple Yam) Jam for the filling.


Calories: 140kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 130mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Have you tried this recipe?Mention @foxyfolksy or tag #FoxyFolksyRecipes!

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  1. Monett says

    Hello there!! Salamat to all the recipes you've shared I've tried quite a bit of them already and I loved it! I have a question regarding this specific recipe hopia. Can I pre-made the pastry dough ahead? And if so, can I refrigerate it? I'm assuming I have to let it sit to room temperature before working on it again to use.? Thank you so much.. I'm planning on making 3 batches with different fillings for gifting and its a crunch time if I make them all at once. And I need your confirmation if I can do this and it'll be ok. Thanks so much ! Looking forward to hearing your response!!


    • Bebs says

      Yes you can refrigerate it and you can start working on it without bringing it to room temp first as long as it is not frozen.


  2. Choi says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (22)
    This is the bomb!! I really love this recipe. I actually learned to cook hopia, yay! I tweaked it a little by white beans + fruit jams, for different hopia flavors! Thanks Ms. Bebs!


  3. Ernesto Avila Jr. says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (23)
    Its nice recipe


  4. daisy says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (24)
    you are an angel to me. this hopia recipe is actually now my side business. Im selling it now. my most sellable sweets.
    my buyers love this. Starting to supply to other shops.
    I loveyou my dear. thank you so much


    • Bebs says

      Plain flour or all-purpose flour.


  5. Beth Olave says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (26)
    Can I substitute butter for lard or shortening?


    • Bebs says

      Lard and shortening makes flakier dough but if you can't get any then butter would do.


  6. Abi says

    Hi po,

    It's quite hard to find shortening in my country what can I substitute it with?

    Thank you po


    • Bebs says

      Lard would be a good sub if you can get it.


  7. scarlet says

    Is it ok to skip the egg wash? I have family with egg allergies and I'd to share these with them


    • Bebs says

      Sure, it is mostly to make them look nice and shiny.


  8. Kris says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (27)
    thanks for the recipe. It is good.


  9. Agnes says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (28)
    Hi Bebs,
    I just tried this recipe because this is my husband’s favorite cookie. It turned out perfect with the skin so thin and flaky even I ate quite a few of these. I normally do not even care to eat theses when at parties. The thin and flaky skin just got me. I very rarely give a review let alone a 5 star review on any recipe. This recipe made it to my favorite recipe board in Pinterest. Thank you.


    • Bebs says

      Aawww...thank you so much for your wonderful review, Agnes!😊


  10. Analyn Imperio says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (29)
    I love to try this recipe it looks simple and the instructions seems very easy to follow.. I've been craving hopia because I cannot buy due to lock down. Now I can make my own and be able to share it with my dorm mates 😊


  11. Mark says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (30)
    I'm not a baker, I just love to eat these Filipino food. But upon reading your articles I'll give it a try since we have oven in my workplace 🤣. Thank you for sharing these ideas, as well as your findings about trying so many alternatives which we may encounter.


    • Bebs says

      How did it go, Mark?


  12. Sam says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (31)
    Wow I didn’t know Filipino‘s made these I buy the same type of thing in San Francisco Chinatown at the far eastern bakery on Grant Avenue love them all different flavors of fillings are


  13. Art Jorquia says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (32)
    A very basic recipe easy to follow good job thanks in advance


  14. Bella says

    Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (33)
    I love your flaky hopia as well as my family, we all love it. This will be my 3rd time to do it. It's easy to follow the dough recipe because of your step by step photo. Thank you. But in the future if you will publish your cook book I will order, not the e-book.


    • Bebs says

      Such beautiful encouraging words, Bella!😘 I will let you know when we do!


  15. ALLY DAWSON says



    • Bebs says

      It is ok if some of the fillings come out while baking. You can make the dough thicker next time if you want.


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Hopia Recipe- Munggo and Ube filling - Foxy Folksy (2024)


What is hopia filling made of? ›

There are a variety of fillings for hopia. The most common is monggo (mung bean) and ube. For the adventurous foodie, you can also try the custard , pandan and ube queso flavors.

What are the different types of hopia? ›

Learn these different flavors and Variations of Hopia. Hopiang Baboy, Grilled Ube and Monggo Hopia, Special Hopia, Piyaya, Otap, Hopiang Hapon, Diced Hopia and Mooncake.

What do you call hopia in English? ›

When you ask Filipinos what their favorite Chinese food is, chances are, one of their answers would be hopia. Hopia, whose name is derived from the Hokkien word “ho-pia,” meaning “good pastry,” is a flaky pastry that resembles a mooncake with a filling that may be sweet or savory.

What is the meaning of hopia? ›

Hopia has Chinese origins, introduced to Filipinos by f*ckienese immigrants in the early 1900s. It means “good pastry” in Hokkian, a dialect spoken in Southern Fujian and Taiwan. Hopia is part of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival tradition as a sort of inexpensive version of moon cake.

What are the two popular varieties of hopia? ›

There are a lot of hopia filling variants but the 2 most popular ones are the Hopia mungo which is made out of mung bean paste and Hopia Baboy which is made out of candied winter melon, green onions and pork fat.

Is hopia high in sugar? ›

Diabetics are counseled to screen properly what they eat, hence, they are usually wary about eating hopia because of its high sugar content.

What is the famous hopia brand in the Philippines? ›

Polland Hopia has been a favorite and is the only choice of Hopia aficionados. More than just hopia, the brand also has mooncakes, tikoy and many others. Since 1966, Polland Hopia has been making deliciously authentic mung bean cakes (Hopia) that has been part of the Filipino Chinese home.

Should I refrigerate hopia? ›

Must be enjoyed chilled, and kept in fridge to keep fresh.

How long can hopia last? ›

Hopia is a Chinese-Filipino pastry traditionally filled with either mung beans (Hopia Mongo) or wintermelon (cooked in pork fat more commonly knowned as Hopia Baboy). Please freeze Eng Bee Tin Hopia upon arrival if you choose not to consume it immediately. If you do not freeze it, shelf life is up to 14 days.

What is the Chinese equivalent of hopia? ›

Bakpia (Javanese: ꦧꦏ꧀ꦥꦶꦪ, romanized: bakpia; Chinese: 肉餅; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: bah-piáⁿ; lit. 'meat pastry'- the name it is known by in Indonesia) or Hopia (Tagalog: [ˈhop. jɐʔ]; Chinese: 好餅; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: hó-piáⁿ; lit.

Is hopia good for you? ›

It is also a good source of bioactive compounds such as β-carotene, lycopene, anthocyanins, and flavonoids.

What is the difference between hopia and mooncake? ›

Unlike mooncakes which rely on one batch of dough, hopia dough uses two doughs, one with a higher fat content and one without, that are layered together to create the flaky texture so iconic of the Filipino pastry.

What does pandesal mean in Spanish? ›

A soft and airy flour roll, pandesal —€” which is sometimes spelled out as "pan de sal" —€” is Spanish for "salt bread." However, contrary to its name, the bread is actually relatively sweet. The yeast-raised bread is similar to the Mexican bolillo, and is the breakfast bread of choice throughout the Philippines.

Is hopia a Filipino delicacy? ›

Hopia is also known as bakpia (in Chinese). It is a bean paste-filled pastry that was apparently introduced by Fujianese immigrants in the Philippines.

Does hopia contain pork? ›

Just to summarise: hopia baboy filling do not contain ground pork. It's called hopia baboy because they use lard or pork fat for shortening. Some slivers of candied pork back fat may be incorporated but it's not the main ingredient.

Is hopia and mooncake the same? ›

Unlike mooncakes which rely on one batch of dough, hopia dough uses two doughs, one with a higher fat content and one without, that are layered together to create the flaky texture so iconic of the Filipino pastry.

Is hopia made of pork? ›

Pork hopia (Tagalog: Hopiang baboy / Hopia baboy) is filled with a savoury bread-crumb paste studded with candied wintermelon, flavoured with scallion and enriched with candied pork back fat, hence its name.

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