中秋節 Mid-Autumn Festival

mini mooncakes

迷你冰皮月餅 Mini Snow-skin Mooncakes

Ah, the mooncake. The mooncake is to Mid-Autumn Festival as the turkey is to Thanksgiving. In other words, mooncake is not only the representative festival food, but it is also so substantial it is the festival meal. Traditional mooncakes are large, square pastries with a thin chewy crust made from a lot of sugar syrup and lard, and a dense, sweet lotus-paste filling. The filling can also contain several whole salted duck egg yolks, resulting in a wonderful melange of sweet and saltiness. Mooncakes are heavy like baseballs, and if you ever are daring enough to try you will see that no amount of napkins will soak the orange oil from it. (It is thus often enjoyed with hot, strong black tea to dilute out all the fat you feel clogging up in your esophagus.)

In our health-conscious days, you often overhear the following conversation among Chinese people as Mid-Autumn approaches:

“There once was a time when I would eat an entire mooncake in one sitting!”

“I used to finish a whole box in two days!”

“The double-yolk kind?”

“Quadruple-yolk!”

“Ah! Those were the days!”

“Now I can’t even eat a mini one!”

Due to health reasons and more possibly plain boredom, there has been an insurgence of fancy mooncake-spinoffs: smaller pastries, with different ingredients such as rice flour crusts, and fruit-based fillings. A popular one is the snow-skin mooncake (冰皮月餅). They were sold out of my favorite durian snow-skin mooncake at my favorite Chinese bakery this year, so my mother bought some mini ones from 美之香餅家 (Mega Bakery). These are small, individually-wrapped mooncakes with soft white skin, and come in a variety of flavors. $1 each. We got ones with mango, green tea, or sesame fillings. The mango was good – the filling didn’t have that artificial, made-from-mango-flavored-powder taste. Same cannot be said for the green tea. They looked and tasteed more like mochi than mooncakes to me:

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Mango and Green Tea

 

Mega Bakery 美之香餅家

Typical but quite complete bakery – pastries, cakes, rolls, breads, hot sandwiches and buns (pineapple buns too). A decent mix of Asian and Western style items. I like their many cute, individually-wrapped mini pastry items.

1163-3779 Sexsmith Rd, Richmond

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