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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Mooncake Mania

With the height of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival due on October 6, it's currently mooncake mania all over Chinatown. Mooncakes, rich in lard and the goodness of egg yolk, are exchanged between families, and it seems like the tins and the packaging get more and more elaborate every year.

mooncakes silver and gold tins

moon festival decorations

moon festival decorations

mooncakes ladies on tins

mooncake mania

And Festival Addict says don't forget the Cabramatta Moon Festival on this Sunday.

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Mooncakes and the Chinese Moon Festival
Cabramatta Moon Festival 2005
7 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 9/28/2006 11:45:00 pm


  • At 9/29/2006 2:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice packing! Are those mooncake locally made? I'm from HK. Traditional mooncake from Maxim's is one of our favourite!

  • At 9/29/2006 9:05 am, Blogger ragingyoghurt said…

    is that market city? i went last sunday, but there was no such bounty set up. instead i was forced to roam the streets of chinatown, searching individual bakeries. in the end i went with emperor's garden, because it seemed like they baked their own instead of merely unpacking a few tins to arrange on a table. what i got: lotus paste with one egg yolk, iced taro, iced green tea, roast duck.

  • At 9/29/2006 10:52 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    We should pick some some up from Cabra om Sunday. Most shops there have already starting selling them at 50% off.

    Am I the only person who does not love these cakes?

  • At 9/29/2006 4:34 pm, Blogger papa lazarou said…

    yeah, nice packaging... i have really turned off eating mooncakes in the last few years... i used to eat them whole (like a meat pie) when i was a kid...

  • At 9/29/2006 6:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I havent had a mooncake before and didnt relise how much they value their packaging. Usualy when we give someone a cake we put it into a large biscuit tin at least theirs looks special before you look at the contents.

  • At 9/30/2006 5:36 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Helen, Just adding a comment to Jen's entry (and your reply). I used to adore Wing Wah's mooncakes, but in the last couple of years I've taken to Maxim's instead ever since Wing Wah's mooncakes are now made in Shenzhen. I also used to like Maxim's (the Sydney shop) own. I am not really in favour of Emperor's Garden as I find them overpriced and not at all superior to, say, Maxim's and therefore does not warrant the hike/hype. I base my opinion on the traditional white lotus paste variety, not being a fan of the other new fangled 'flavours'. Your original post re mooncakes also noted that mooncakes have been known to spot four yolks. As a fan of Emperor Garden's; Helen, you really should have noted that they're now spruiking eight yolked ones! Eeeekk!

  • At 10/01/2006 12:18 am, Blogger thanh7580 said…

    Mooncakes are getting more and more fancy each year. There are so many flavours now and they all come packaged so beautifully. However, my favourite is still the mixed nuts with roast meats and two yolks.

    I've also found that mooncakes freeze extremely well. So I buy a lot of them after the festival when they're usually selling at 2 for 1 prices and chuck them in the freezer. I take one out and pop it into oven whenever I feel like eating them.


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