JThur01's thread about mooncakes reminded me that I've been looking for a source of good "wife" cakes (also known as "sweetheart" cakes) in the LA area:
I became addicted to these while living in the UK. Among ethnically Chinese residents in both countries, there's a higher ratio from Hong Kong and surrounding provinces in the UK than there are in LA, so I realize these may not be easy to find around here.
In the meantime, I've found the Taiwanese melon cakes that are available at most local Chinese groceries to be a good cross-addiction, e.g.:
These are sort of like winter melon Fig Newtons.
But it's not the same, and I still crave wife cakes.
There was wife cake thread a few years ago, and I tried some of the places mentioned (JJ Bakery, Cathy's Bakery) but they were a shadow of the ones available in London.