Do you celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival? This year it falls on October 1st, 2020. As you can tell from the picture, I’m already all stocked up on mooncakes. I purchased a box from Costco (blue box) and then my mother-in-law and sister-in-law also gifted us some. I’m expecting to gain to few pounds after this holiday since the mooncakes are very high in calories. The mooncakes are really dense so I can only eat 1/2 before it gets too filling.
I don’t remember doing any elaborate celebration when I was a kid. My family had a celebration dinner together and afterward, enjoyed some tea and mooncake.
I try to preserve some Chinese traditions with my kids but they don’t really enjoy mooncakes. I try to get them to each take a nibble in the spirit of maintaining some Chinese traditions. Then we head over to the balcony to appreciate the bright, shining moon.
Lotus Paste with Salted Egg Yolk Mooncakes
The mooncakes with lotus paste and salted egg yolk are my favorite. If there are double egg yolks, that’s even better. When my 2 older brothers and I were growing up, we would fight over which piece has the most salted egg yolk because that’s like striking gold. If the bakery didn’t place the egg yolk in the center and when the mooncake is cut, the egg yolk wouldn’t be evenly distributed, then someone is not going to be happy!
If you’re not familiar with salted egg yolk then, it probably seems foreign and disgusting, but don’t be overly judgemental, it’s actually very tasty and a very sought after flavor. You can actually find a lot of snacks that are flavored with salted egg. Heck, I’ve even seen salted egg yolk snacks at Costco. But, that’s probably because I’m in the SF bay area where there are a lot of Asians who are familiar with this flavor profile.
Lava Custard Mooncakes
My sister in law recently gifted us a box of lava custard mooncakes. Wow! I didn’t know this existed before! If you like lava buns from dim sum then you will love this. Just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and it will be oozing custard with salted egg. This is my favorite now! You can find these at your local Ranch 99 supermarket or if you’re within their service area, you can order from Weee! See my previous review of Weee! The MX brand of mooncakes are very popular and good quality mooncakes hence their higher price tag.
Durian Snowy Mooncakes
Durian is one of those fruits that you either love or hate. I enjoy it but unfortunately, my family does not. I’ve heard it described as the smell of rancid garbage (not just regular ol’ garbage) or the smell of cat poop. Doesn’t that just make you want to try it?
This is the first time I’ve tried it in a mooncake form. I’ve had durian mochi before and I really like it. These durian snowy mooncakes have a delicate glutinous rice flour skin. The durian is made into a sweet mousse-like paste. As I was eating it in the kitchen, my middle daughter was playing the piano in another room and she suddenly stopped playing. She asked if anyone smells that awful odor too. I remained silent. She’s going to all the windows and she can’t open them fast enough for her nose to get some relief. I’m secretly eating it like a thief but the smell gives me away. She comes over to me with a disgusted, accusatory look.
“Mommy, I knew it was you! You are never to buy that again!” She declares.
There are many other mooncakes like mung bean, mixed nuts, and red bean with egg yolk. My least favorite is the mixed nuts one. I once bit into it and was so disappointed with the strange assortment of nuts and paste.
What are some of your favorites? Will you be celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival?