Mooncakes are a must


This piece refers to this article on the nytimes.

For the Mooncake festival (from the 7th onwards), mooncakes are a must — hence the name. There certainly are many variations of the mooncake these days and my personal favourite is the snowskin mooncake. But the traditional recipe and favourite of older Chinese (such as the parents, usually) is still a must, despite the fact I’m not really into the salted duck egg yolks. Contemporary people these days say it’s dated, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping these classics alive.

“They were nothing I’d have myself. Hong Kong people think of them as ugly, fattening and out of date.”

Sure, if you eat them too much of course they would be fattening! Everything in moderation, although the mountain of mooncakes I have at home currently says otherwise, despite their cost in Australia.

Like the Mainland Chinese, we place great trust in mooncakes made in Hong Kong, although there is also comfort in mooncakes that are made in Australia these days. The mooncake business is booming, my parents say that if you sell mooncakes for a year, you don’t need to work for three years - quite the markup!

Someday I hope I’ll be spending one of these Chinese holidays in Hong Kong where I can feel the full breadth of the crush of crowds out to purchase mooncakes. Is lotus paste to your taste, or would you prefer to steer clear of mooncakes?