Tribute to the Moon Goddess
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Mooncakes are my favourite Chinese sweet apart from oni (a concoction of mashed taro/yam with lard and sugar).
They are eaten during the eight lunar month in the lead-up to the Moon Cake Festival (aka Mid-Autumn Festival) ... supposedly secret messages passed in these cakes helped overthrow an oppressive regime. And then there was something about the Moon Goddess.
In a multi-cultural and multi-religious environment, halal mooncakes are now commonly available. In fact I like them better than the classic lard ones ... they're less only, less sweet and of course ... whatever oil is in them isn't going to clog your arteries.
The pictures give you a sample of the common varieties. The most common one is actually the red-bean paste one (not shown) ... Mum says unscrupulous cakeshops simply mash taro and add sugar and Chinese black ink ... cheaper than red bean.
There are a few other varieties that I haven't tasted for nearly two decades so I'll have to return during the festival again:
- My grandma who used to live in Sibu (with immigrants from a rather different part of China, and different cuisine) used to send us the most gorgeous lard cookies.
- And then there's the one that looks like chalk ... highly refined bean-flour mixed with icing sugar and compressed into slabs. Mmmmm.
Read more about the festival at Wikipedia