Once a year my house turns into a bakery – for moon cakes! Yomyomyomyomyom ^^
What ARE moon cakes? Well, moon cakes are a seasonal ( ready extra starchy ) pastry that typically contains a yummy center wrapped in a cake or pastry crust. See below for pics of awesomeness – my mom really outdid herself this year!
My family prefers the flaky crust so most of our moon cakes are the pastry variety instead of the cake – but that means even the “N/G” moon cakes look really cool!.
The red marks you see on the pastries are part of a growing bakery tradition. Long ago, the choices for fillings were kinda slim, but people still had preferences for Red bean vs Mung Bean vs Lutus paste and etc. So there’s a system for marking these traditional pasteries ( ie. if it’s mung bean filling then 1 dot, if it’s read bean filling than 3 dots) But as bakeries and households started to come up with new flavors or mixes of flavors they started adding new stamps into the mix. But here’s the catch; once you have a new pastry and you mimic the flavor you still use the same shape! ” how bazaro is that !?!”
There’s some mythical and Practical history behind the continued emphasis on moon cakes during the mid Autumn season, but it’s kind of boring. ( Watch Moon Fairy ( 2003 ) starring Fann Wong and her husband Chris Fong )