September 5, 2018
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. 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 24, 2018.
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 these Lucky Cat and Special Piggy Shaped Mooncakes from Imperial Palace.
Koi Palace (San Francisco area)
Koi Palace is a family owned Chinese restaurant specializing in seafood and dim sum, but the restaurant has also become known for their mooncakes. Koi Palace mooncakes have a chewy Cantonese-style crust and contain both traditional fillings like sweet bean and lotus seed pastes, and more modern fillings like taro and ooling tea paste.
Isabelle is a brand from Taiwan that’s famous for their French style sweets and mooncakes, which come packed in beautifully designed gift boxes and tins. Their colorful “Charming Mooncakes” are made from steamed glutinous rice, similar to Japanese mochi, and are filled with fruit jam.