In about a month’s time, it’ll be the Mid Autumn Festival. I still remember how it is back at home. Mom will be preparing dinner and dad’s friends would send box and boxes of moon cakes. After dinner, my siblings, cousins and me would so look forward to go around parading with lanterns and lighting up candles.
My parents would set up the tables and lazy chairs at the porch with trays of fruits (Pomelo is a must!), Chinese tea, peanuts, and of course moon cakes. Friends and neighbours would join us and chatting and laughing away with the charming tea scent filling the air. Mom says, it’s Mid Autumn, everyone has to get together and gaze at the beautiful moon. And so we gaze.
An over the years, mid autumn festival has evolved into a multimillion business (there’s my favourite HK TVB drama too), reminding people about family ties, reunion and getting together chomping down moon cakes. And with the ever demanding consumerism, moon cakes are taking a bolder step forward.
I was at Golden Phoenix Restaurant, of Equatorial Hotel recently for their moon cake contemporary flavours launch. While maintaining the regular moon cake range, Equatorial also include a 6 new range of modern day flavours. There have the German Black Forest, Pumpkin Taro, Charcoal Baked Yam, Bamboo Hazelnut, Espresso Chestnut and Red Yeast Sweet Potato. Besides the new contemporary moon cakes, there is also the limited (only 20 boxes per day) puff pastry Gold Ingots for ordering. The bite size ingots makes lovely door gifts too.
German Black Forest
Clockwise from top: Red Yeast Sweet Potato, Charcoal Baked Yam, Bamboo Hazelnut & Espresso Chestnut
More often, people avoid having moon cake for it is to sweet. My take, if it is not sweet, it is not a moon cake. The German Black Forest in an immediate favourite. But the rest fares well too, with it’s innovative stint, pop it in your mouth and guess what you could taste. And to complete the gift festive, the packaging boxes are also crucial. Here, the bright oriental boxes comes with a set special edition of fork and knife. There’s a Chinese saying, gifts should look presentable and generous.
Now after a good chunk of moon cake, it is good to wash it down with a nice cup hot of jasmine tea.