It’s Mid Autum Festival time here in Asia, which means it’s also moon cake time 🙂
From our friend Wikipedia:
Mooncake (simplified Chinese: 月饼; traditional Chinese: 月餅; pinyin: yuè bĭng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival / Zhongqiu Festival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching; mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy on this occasion. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.
Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4–5 cm thick. A thick filling usually made from lotus seed paste is surrounded by a relatively thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea. Today, it is customary for businessmen and families to present them to their clients or relatives as presents, helping to fuel a demand for high-end mooncake styles. Mooncake energy content can vary with the filling and size; the average moon cake is within the range of 800 to 1200 kcal.
The traditional Mooncake is golden brown, with a flaky crust, a light brown interior made of bean or lotus paste with an egg yolk in the middle. I’ve had a sample, it was not too tasty.
However, new trends have led to Snowskin Mooncakes, and have a variety of filling to reflect modern times.
All the major bakeries, restaurants and hotels offer Mooncakes. The box and presentation are as important as the cakes themselves. Paul’s work is selling a deluxe set for $1,088 SGD….yes, you read that correctly. Granted is a very nice box, with 8 ‘mooncake jewels’ but wow! that’s a lot of money. Luckily Paul gets a corporate discount and purchased a box for us, not of the fancy kind, just simple sampler of four different flavors.
1) Charcoal skin mooncake with tea chocolate truffle and Oolong tea paste filling
2) Lychee martini chocolate truffle
3) Mooncake with crispy feullentine, coconut, and black sesame filling
4) Lotus pastes and chocolate feuillentine filling
Tasty right? We’ll find out. We’ve been pacing ourselves, having just one type a day 🙂