Celebrating the Mooncake Festival

#thefoodieblogsabout Salazar’s Bakery’s White Lotus Plain Mooncake

In line with this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival (it started last September 30, 2012, the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar), also known as the Mooncake Festival, me and my friend decided to buy special mooncakes at Salazar’s bakery located at SM North EDSA’s food court. Well, this was basically brought about by my curiosity to what mooncakes taste. They just so look very fancy on the outside and I am wondering what kind of flavour was inside these things.

Salazar’s Bakery’s Special Mooncake Canister

The canister has four mooncakes inside.

And so we bought four White Lotus Plain mooncakes. It actually costs me PhP 600.00 since each white lotus plain mooncake cost PhP 150.00 (yeah, they’re expensive *bummer*). The PhP 600.00 mooncake set comes with a canister so I was quite happy with that (I had the canister for free! Haha!). They also had other flavors which some has salty egg included inside.

The mooncake’s fancy design on top.

A closer look at the White Lotus Plain Mooncake.

The mooncake is actually covered with a pastry similar to that of ‘hopia’s’ but is noticeably thin. The cake was filled with sweet, melt-in-your-mouth filling which [after googling] I found out to be sweet potatoes  or some white lotus (since that is the flavour of the moooncake).

The inside.

As you can see from the pictures, the filling has these white thingy something which are actually seeds. I thought it was the seed from the “butong-pakwan” because it tastes like it (I still don’t know what it is until now, hehe.). This adds texture to the cake since the seeds were ‘nutty.’

The mooncake’s thickness is about 3 centimeters.

This food is actually heavy on the tummy. I guess because it is literally filled with carbohydrates. LOL. Anyway, it is actually delicious but the thing that made this food trip funny was my realization that this mooncake was simply just ‘hopia’ – a very special and expensive ‘hopia.’

If you’re curious to the legend behind mooncakes and why our Chinese brothers and sisters are celebrating it, read this article from kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com.


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