The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated by the Chinese falls on the 30th of September this year. Leading up to this day, mooncakes, which are traditional Chinese pastry filled with a thick lotus or red bean paste and may contain yolk from salted duck eggs are sold in most Chinese bakeries and grocery stores. They often come in a beautiful tin box which makes for a perfect gift when visiting family or friends during the festival season.
Lotus flavoured snow skin mooncake from Emperor's Garden
Variations of the traditional mooncake have been quite popular of late. One modern variation is the snow skin mooncake which needs to be refrigerated and is best eaten chilled. The skin is soft and almost chewy in contrast to the traditionally baked mooncakes which have a tougher texture. A bit of research reveals that the ingredient to make snow skin mooncakes is cooked glutinous rice flour.
The flavours are creative and contemporary such as mango, chocolate, green tea, durian and so on.
Traditional and snow skin mooncakes can be found at Emperor's Garden
Emperor's Garden in Chinatown, well known for its custard cream puffs, sells a wide variety of traditional and snow skin mooncakes every year for about a month leading up to the actual Mid-autumn festival day.
I visited Emperor's Garden over the weekend and was delighted to find the mini snow skin mooncakes on display in the refrigerated section. The flavours available are green tea, custard, white lotus and taro and they cost $4 a pop.
Taro snow skin mooncakes for any taro fans out there