So it’s not actually mid-autumn yet and 中秋节 or Mid-Autumn Festival (it is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar, when the moon is full) otherwise known in Singapore as mooncake or lantern festival but there are mooncakes everywhere! Ok not everywhere but at least in most Chinese supermarkets and bakeries and some restaurants.
And we have mooncakes galore this year.
We always buy the egg yolk-less baked lotus paste mooncakes from Hong Kong bakery Kee Wah (see the first photo). But this time decided to also try the snowskin (it’s a soft non-baked pastry made from glutinous rice flour – here’s one example) sesame and macadamia nut mooncakes (second photo – yum!) and the husband got a box of durian snowskin mooncakes imported from Singapore. I was having none of that as I’m not a fan of durian.
Then we discovered that our local Costco has brought in mooncakes from Malaysia this year. At $15.99 a box they weren’t going to be fantastic (the Kee Wah box of four, for instance, costs $32) but we just had to give it a try. Verdict: decent but not as fragrant as the Kee Wah.
Then our neighbors gifted us a box of Taiwanese mungbean mooncakes! These are so different, with a light flaky skin and a creamy mungbean paste inside. Delicious!
We are definitely spoilt for choice and ready for Mid-Autumn! Now, to find some lanterns* for the kids… that’s another matter altogether.
*As part of the mid-autumn festival celebration, kids get to play with lanterns at night. During my time, lanterns were made with cellophane or paper (some examples here), but there are all types of battery-operated lanterns these days. Singapore also celebrates with some lantern displays
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