What are mooncakes?
Mooncakes are indispensable traditional Chinese pastries that you generally find on the table during the Mid-Autumn Festival also known as the Mooncake Festival. It is one of the few festivals in Singapore where families huddle around the table over pots of tea and savour these delectable goodies, while enjoying the full moon.What is Mid-Autumn Festival?
The festival is held on the 15th
of the eighth month of the Lunar calendar, as people celebrate the harvest as well as to worship the full moon. It is also customary for people to gift each other boxes of mooncakes during this celebration period.Types of mooncake
Over the years, mooncakes have evolved to all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours and flavours to suit the changing taste preferences through the generations. Here are some of the mooncakes that are available:
The baked mooncakes, otherwise known as Cantonese mooncakes, are the commonly found version here. It’s considered a classic and a must-buy for every mooncake first timers. This treat is primarily filled with lotus paste, and sometimes you may find one, two or even four salted duck egg yolks, encased in a perfectly browned dough skin. There is an option for a round or square shaped version.
Originated from Hong Kong, the Snowskin Mooncakes is a non-baked version of the traditional treat. Made from roasted glutinous rice flour, the delicate skin is akin to a soft, chewy mochi, and the inside is normally filled with either red bean paste or sweet lotus paste.
The Teochew-style is of a very different shape from the other two and you ought to be more careful when you are eating this with all that spiral-like flaky crust going on. This type of mooncake is usually filled with sweet yam paste. However, you can find them with red bean and mung bean paste too.
The latest rendition is the ice-cream mooncake. The ice-cream version is a crowd-pleaser particularly in our hot and humid country. This is literally made of different types of ice-creams! A tip when eating mooncakes
When eating mooncakes, it’s best to pair them with a pot of aromatic Oolong tea as the flavour of the tea compliments and amplifies the deep robust flavour of the mooncakes. Where to get them?
- For some Singaporeans-approved mooncakes, you could try those from the heartlands at Pine Garden Cakes that boasts 30 years history of freshly-baked goods.
Cr. Pine Garden CakesFind out more: http://www.pgcake.com/Festive.aspx
- Looking for halal-certified mooncakes? PrimaDéli is currently selling baked mooncakes and snowskin mooncakes that are halal-certified.
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- If you are looking for something fun for your kids to enjoy, why not try the adorable Minion mooncakes from Universal Studios Singapore (USS)? Note that these can only be purchased when entering USS.
Cr. Resorts World SentosaFind out more: http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore/Hollywood
- For the traditionalists, try some Teochew-style mooncake from Thye Moh Chan.
Cr. OpenRice SingaporeFind out more: http://thyemohchan.com/file/TMC_MidAutumn16_Online%20Catalogue.pdf
- Want something healthier or need a vegetarian option? Bakerzin’s high in protein and low in sugar and fat mooncakes could be a great choice!
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- Those who are keen to take their tastebuds on an adventure may try Emicakes’ mooncakes, which are made from the king of fruits – Durian. Remember to have some mints with you though. They will come in really handy after you are done eating them.
Cr. imobshopFind out more: http://emicakes.com.sg/product/d24-durian-snowskin-mooncake/