Mooncakes are in season, available everywhere.

Posted: September 1, 2014 in food, fruit, snack

Mooncakes are in season.  It’s a custom here to give mooncakes to friends and family.  Expensive mooncakes are purchased to give away.  Cheap mooncakes are purchased to eat within the confines of your own home.  If its anything like North America, mooncakes go on special at half price after the gift giving season (September 8).

This is a traditional mooncake.  The inside is filled with a lotus seed paste with a preserved egg yolk in the middle.  It goes well with very clean tasting drinks, tea.  They don’t taste good.  It’s an acquired taste with more to do with tradition than anything else.  Buy one to dip your toe into it.  Rich tasting, sweet with the salty egg that will shock you.  You’re expecting dessert but the middle is savory.

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As mooncakes are given out as gifts to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the packaging has become much more elaborate.  With China’s anti-corruption graft in full swing, the mooncakes packages are back to normal.  Prior to the graft, mooncakes would be packaged in solid gold containers.

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These are the new mooncakes.  They are not baked and require refrigeration.  The inside will generally have a fruit custard filling.  It is similar to eating ice cream.

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This one is laced with durian on the inside.

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  1. bluebalu says:

    Haha, I was going to write about mooncakes soon, but you beat me to it. How did you like the Durian one, do you normally like/eat Durians?

    • Please do a post on mooncakes. Your posts have much more relevant information than mine.

      The durian mooncake has a sliver of actual durian inside. It tastes better than the traditional sweet and savory mooncakes as its different layers of sweetness. It’s very similar to eating icecream.

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