Mid-Autumn is one of my childhood favourite festivals because my family, with a bunch of cousins who are of similar ages, always gathered for barbecue at night. We, whilst looking up to adore the pristine full moon, would share barbecue food of course, mooncakes, fruits and other snacks, while the kids (us) would run around with lanterns in our hands or sit down together to play with candles.
Traditionally, mooncakes are delicacies with sweetened lotus seed paste with one or two egg yolk placed in the centre, wrapped with an enticing golden brown crust that is usually made of lard (occasionally vegetable oil) and stamped with the logo of that particular bakery group that produces them. There are newer ones such as Snowskin Mooncake and Custard Mooncake, but they still retain that iconic stamped look.
Yet the main purpose of writing this post is not to elaborate how many different kinds we have on the market, but to thank one of my best friends Hilary (make-up artist, check her blog: http://hilaryho.com.hk/). She knew her boyfriend likes to eat Custard Mooncakes, so she made them following the recipe from Spring Moon the Chinese restaurant in Peninsula Hotel, and generously shared with my family four pieces! I’m super blessed!
The ones that are a few shades lighter are made by Hilary. Given that we are so close to each other, I’d frankly told her that they looked “really home-made and cute” though that wasn’t a problem at all since that’s the result of her effort, and more importantly, since they were yummy 🙂
They tasted almost the same as from Spring Moon (FYR, this year each set costs HK$485 for eight small pieces) — sweet, creamy custard.blends in so well with yolk. The crust flaked a bit but that makes sense because it’s home-made with less oil, for health reason. They’re even more delicious and satisfying after heating slightly in the oven or roughly 10 seconds in the microwave.
That aside, I’d like to kiss and thank my love for rearranging this layered gift box for my family. There are fresh fruits as well as various brands and types of mooncakes, including that from the Peninsula itself (different from Spring Moon) and TVB the local tv station. This gift gave us plenty of choices, fantastic 🙂
As for this, it’s the “9-Star and the Moon” from Häagen-Dazs, a gift from my company. You might be able to guess already, they are just ice-cream moulded into the shape of a mooncake with a thin chocolate crust. They are yummy, make appealing and presentable gifts, but don’t give surprises… and it seems not a good timing to eat chilled food when the weather starts getting cooler?
Anyway, no barbecue, no lanterns and no candles lit on this year’s Mid-Autumn but an ordinary dinner with Ed’s family and relatives. So let me show you this photo taken in 2012 with Hilary and Ed together, that’s what we usually do on the night since we were kids. Oh and it’s my beloved paper rabbit lantern that reflects traditional Chinese craftsmanship, and candles.