Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Moon Festival Straggler

I know it's way past the equinox, but I thought I'd feature the mooncake anyway -- basically because I'm eating one right now. I can eat a mooncake anytime of the year. Friends from Beijing have just returned for another visit, hence the bag of mooncakes in the fridge.There are so many variations of the mooncake, but I like the traditional ones. This one is the five-kernel one. I think it has seeds from watermelon, pumpkin and sesame, as well as peanuts and walnuts. I could also detect raisins and... well, I'm totally useless in guessing ingredients, but there's that green thing, which might be licorice for all I know. This is good, but one thing that's missing (which I love in my mooncake) is the salted duck egg. Some people like their mooncake plain with just the lotus seed paste and maybe the egg, but I like mine to have a riot of flavors in it (FYI, that green thing tastes a little spicy and its texture is crunchy in a freeze-dried way). That's probably why I don't really care too much for the hopia (the local mooncake variation) - it's too straightforward? lol As much as I love the mooncake, I don't think I've ever bought one. All the ones I've had were given to me. Just like with the tikoy (nian gao) during the Chinese New Year, I suppose. Maybe that's just the way it is. I should get some though to give to friends next time. :)


9 comments:

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Very interesting! So it's a core of "stuff" wrapped in a dough and deep fried?

spinninglovelydays said...

I think they fry it Cantonese style, but the one I usually get is just baked.

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

Would love to have one of that. too bad can't find it in here.

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spinninglovelydays said...

@Shydub: No Chinatown or Asian store nearby? :)

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The Kano said...

I've never tried a mooncake. Next time we go grocery shopping in nearby Iloilo I'll have to check it out. They really look good.

spinninglovelydays said...

@Jodi and Hannah: Thanks for following. :)

@Dave: If you like hopia, you'll probably like it. :)