September 2, 2016
The mooncake is a Chinese pastry that is shared among family and friends during the Mid Autumn Festival or Moon Festival, one of the most important holidays in China and many other Asian countries. The Mid Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar . Family and friends gather at a time when the moon is the brightest and largest to celebrate the harvest and share in eating mooncakes. This year, the Mid Autumn Festival will be celebrated on September 15, 2016.
Mooncakes commonly contain a rich and dense filling of lotus seed paste or red bean paste and may include yolk from a salted duck egg in the center to represent the moon. Countries such as Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam also celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival and have developed their own food traditions and mooncakes. Today, you can find mooncakes with various fillings including taro, pineapple, green tea or even chocolate.
Mooncakes are available at all Uwajimaya locations while supplies last. Here are a few of the mooncakes we carry at our stores.
Sheng Kee (San Francisco area)
This bakery originated in Taiwan before opening up in the United States and became famous for their Taiwanese baked goods and mooncakes. They use only the finest ingredients in their popular recipes which include yolk pie, tea moon cake and pineapple mooncake.
One of their popular mooncakes is filled with green bean paste and features a light and flaky crust.
Imperial Palace (China)
Mooncakes can also take on fun shapes such as this Special Piggy Shaped Mooncake from Imperial Palace.
Mei-Xin (Hong Kong)
Mei-Xin is the largest bakery chain in Hong Kong with over 170 outlets around the world. The bakery produces some of the best selling mooncakes in Hong Kong. Their Snowy Mooncakes, which have an outer skin made out of roasted glutinous rice flour and feature flavors like chocolate, strawberry and green tea, have become very popular with those wanting a less heavy version of the traditional mooncake.
Picture above: Snowy Mooncakes from Mei-Xin and Isabelle.