A Family’s Sweet Dream Come True

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - May 21, 2008
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Henry and Bennie Hong, Van and Kathy Diep in their Pastry House
Henry and Bennie Hong, Van and Kathy Diep in their Pastry House

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Pastry House is ready to satisfy your cravings.

Owner Van Diep says some of the most popular desserts that come out of his family’s 800-square-foot bakery are cakes, mini-cheesecakes and the custard horn, which is horn-shaped crispy filled with rich custard.

“Some say they like our pastries because they are light and not too sweet,” says Diep.

With several varieties of cakes available, Diep says it’s good that they are sold in slices so customers can sample several pieces without necessarily buying an entire cake. Cake varieties run from strawberry shortcake, green tea cake and Black Forest cake to several kinds of cheesecake including mango, strawberry, guava, pumpkin, green tea and New York.

The bakery also produces doughnuts, scones, fruit danish, pies, breads, tarts, cookies, muffins, cream puffs, éclairs and brownies.

Don’t have a sweet tooth? Diep says customers also enjoy the savory ham and cheese mini-quiche.

The shop, which opened six months ago, had been the family’s wish for about two years. After researching and investigating several options, the right opportunity came along with this Aiea venue not too far from their Pearl City home.

Diep’s father-in-law, Henry Hong, once owned a bakery in Australia. Diep helps him with the baking when he’s not working as an X-ray technician.

“We get along very well,” notes Diep. “It’s a good mixture for us.”

Diep’s mother-in-law, Thuc Lai, handles the hostess duties as the cashier. Diep’s wife, Kathy, who used to work in accounting, decorates the cakes.

One of the challenges of running a bakery, Diep says, is waking up at 2 a.m. to be ready to open the shop up by 6. “We’ve got employees who help with that,” he says of his two part-timers.

“And thanks so much to all our customers for supporting us.”

The family hopes to open more shops in the future, with their sights set on Ewa Beach and Mililani.

Pastry House is located at 98-080 Kamehameha Highway in Aiea. The hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 484-9289.


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