Month: September 2008

Mid-Autumn Festival – Mooncakes

Mooncakes, mooncakes everywhere!

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in China and many parts of Asia on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. So gather round for moon cakes, tea and moon gazing!

It’s a busy time for the hotels, restaurants and local bakeries as they prepare to meet the festive demand. Making moon cakes is labour intensive as they are individually handmade.

In Singapore, we are spoilt for choices – from the traditional flavours to some unusual ones like cheese, chocolate truffle, ice-cream and even durian moon cakes.

I prefer the traditional moon cakes from Chop Tai Chong Kok. Here are my favourites (front, left to right) plain lotus, green bean, red bean and assorted nuts (back).

It’s neat to see this 73-year-old confectionary (bakery) still using their original packaging box and paperbag designs. Very retro!