Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Taiwanese Mooncakes

Believe it or not.. but more than half the year has pass and Chinese people normally measure the passing of the year by its festivals. Actually, there is the Ghost Festival to go through before the Mooncake festival but looking at the many shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur, the mooncakes have already made their appearance. I love mooncakes and the prices of the yummy cakes have been going up and up each year. I can still remember that they were only about RM3.50 each and my dad would already be complaining how expensive they were. These days, the going price is about RM10 plus minus, depending on the fillings. Of course there are some with more exotic fillings costing way beyond that RM10 price tag.

As a result of that, I decided to sign up for Melinda's Taiwanese Mooncake (of Apple Bakings)class together with my gal pal Sue so that perhaps I can make my own mooncakes. We spent almost the entire day at Melinda's and as usual, class was really fun. There was so much chatting and laughing. Actually, it was a rather great way to loose weight too.. haha.. as we were all so engrossed in making and baking these mooncakes, that by the time we were all done and seated, it was close to 4:30pm. Well, to reward ourselves, we wolfed (actually it just me) down a few of these little yummy cakes...but I had enough to pass around to some friends later.

These are some of the mooncakes made.. there were others but I didn't do that great a job with the phone camera. They turned out rather blur so did not post them. If you are interested to have a look, I do believe Melinda would have plenty to show you :)... perhaps if you are nice, she might have some tasty samples left :D

This one has soft mashed yam as fillings .... super yummy :)


This lovely flower is filled with bean paste and half an egg yolk (salted ducky egg yolk)


There are several varieties here.. some with red bean paste, some with lotus paste, salted duck egg yolk, century eggs.

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16 comments:

dcyk said...

wow the yam mooncake looks beautiful

babe_kl said...

thanks for your offer on sat but we were out to catch your current 10/10 movie haha... hmm all look very nice la

YozoraNiteSky said...

dcyk: if you like yam, this is definitely your type of mooncake. I will try to make it again soon

babe: it was a great show wasn't it? way way better than the mooncakes if you asked me haha

twosuperheroes said...

wow, dear Y...now you can even make such beautiful mooncakes! You're really talented lah... At least now you don't have to buy those expensive mooncakes sold outside. Especially love the red bean one. :p

hyperX said...

Wow... I like the second and third one. They look like mooncake revolution. Nowadays mooncake is more than Rm7 for the cheapest one. Soon there will be no more mooncake because they're too expensive.

YozoraNiteSky said...

supes: you too can make these mooncakes .. if you attend class. Before class.. i also totally blur-blur haha

hyperx: yup.. it is getting more and more expensive to eat mooncakes.. have to try to make homemade ones :(

Che-Cheh said...

Oh yummy! The yam one is pretty.

For the lovely flower bean paste, what's the whitish thing that we see near the bottom right of the mooncake? Sugar?

YozoraNiteSky said...

g'morning che-cheh. the whitish thing is the pastry.. must be the way i cut it..must have dragged the pastry. should have made a cleaner cut :D

swyj said...

Thanks for sharing, Y. It must very fun attending those class...Mooncakes sold outside are so expensive nowadays, eating mooncakes are just like eating gold, hahaha!!!^.^

YozoraNiteSky said...

that is so very true swyj.. about eating mooncakes bought from the shops.. really like eating gold haha

Min said...

wow you are so hardworking ! Congrats and after this, can start taking orders for mooncake ya ..

YozoraNiteSky said...

thank you min, for the vote of confidence :).. i will try to do it again and if it turns out successfully, then i might just do that... inflation at 7.7%, cannot afford to not look for a little extra to help out the financial situation at home ...

Bento Pet said...

Wah! You are so 'semangat-ed'! Well done.

YozoraNiteSky said...

Ha Ha.. i like that word bento pet..and thank you :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

whoa i always love yam filling!

YozoraNiteSky said...

yah, yam is a little less "sinful" to eat than the lotus and red bean paste fillings :D