Mooncakes are small cakes traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival, an ancient harvest festival that dates back over 3,500 years and is traditionally held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.
This year, the festival falls on September 13 – and on this night, the moon is at its fullest and brightest.
Mooncakes are traditionally made with lotus bean paste and a salted egg yolk in the centre.
But that hasn’t stop bakeries around the world from coming up with unique and interesting varieties of mooncakes.
Let’s take a look at some, shall we?
For ice-cream lovers
Everyone loves ice-cream! There’s no doubt about it! And the name Häagen-Dazs is synonymous with some of the best desserts money can buy!
So how would you react if I told you you could have Häagen-Dazs ice-creams in your mooncakes?
Yep, you read that right!
According to Häagen-Dazs Singapore’s official Facebook page, the US ice-cream brand has teamed up with ‘Line Friends’ to come up with limited edition ice-cream mooncakes.
The ice-cream mooncake collections will be available in two themes – ‘Twinkle Night Mix’ and ‘Lune et Etoilles’ (French for ‘Moon and Stars’).
For KFC fans
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) recently opened a new outlet in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay shopping district.
And to mark the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, it will be releasing a “Moonlight Bucket” along with two interesting mooncake flavours — ‘Spicy Chicken & Nuts’ and ‘Golden Lava Custard’. The bucket is meant to double as a lantern that you can carry around in the evening.
The Moonlight Bucket features Colonel Sanders in a space suit decked out in KFC imagery. On the sides, two windows are available for the LED lights to shine through.
So what can you expect in the mooncakes? Well, the ‘Spicy Chicken & Nuts’ flavour features, nuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, peaches and spicy chicken floss.
As for the ‘Golden Lava Custard’ mooncake, it’s filled with a salted egg yolk custard.
There has been no word if KFC “Moonlight Bucket” would be made available in this part of the world. As of now, all signs indicate that this will just be available in Hong Kong.
How About Bubble Tea?
Are you a bubble tea lover? Don’t you ever wished you had pearls in your mooncake? Will you be dropping by Singapore anytime soon?
Then rejoice! Because you’ll be able to thanks to the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.
Bubble tea lovers will enjoy the tea-infused snow skin mooncakes – the Earl Grey with Tapioca Pearls. And if this isn’t your cup of (bubble) tea, three other flavours will also be available – Chrysanthemum with Winter Melon Bits, Red Date with Wolfberries and Matcha with Adzuki Beans.
Halal Moon-Layered Cakes From Brunei
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The Neue team has been on the prowl for unique mooncakes in Brunei over the past few weeks. And the one that caught our attention was Junjung (@junjung.bn), a ‘Majestic Delicacies’ establishment originating from Brunei.
Junjung has a very unique approach to making mooncakes.
No, there aren’t any lotus paste or salted egg yolks in them. But rather the Snow Skin Mooncakes are filled with Junjung’s famous layered cake (Kek Lapis).
According to the General Manager of Junjung, Pengiran Siti Hazalina binti Pengiran Indera Perkasa Pengiran Haji Hamdan, Junjung’s unique approach to making mooncakes is the first of its kind in the world.
“Junjung introduced this creation last year and the response from the public has been overwhelming,” she said, adding that over 200 boxes of the Snow Skin Moon-Layered Cakes were sold out in a flash during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
“What’s interesting to note is that our product has not only been well received by the Chinese community, but also the Malay people who are curious about the mooncake traditions,” she said.
According to her, mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival and offered between friends or on family gatherings. However, in this day and age, mooncakes are a delicacy that can be enjoyed by anyone from different cultures and backgrounds.
“We would like to change people’s perception that mooncakes can only be consumed by the Chinese community,” she said, noting that all of Junjung’s products are Halal-certified and baked in small batches to ensure its freshness and quality.
This year, Junjung is proud to bring back its mooncake series that are available in a blend of classic and modern flavours such as ‘Chocolate Bites’, ‘Durian’, ‘Green Tea’, ‘Lemon Pandan Sweet Sour’, ‘Strawberry Cheese’ and ‘Yam’. The mooncakes also come in an attractive packaging, which is great for gifting.
Those interested in getting their hands on these special mooncakes from Junjung are encouraged to make pre-orders soon as they are selling fast.
They are available from now until September 20 at Junjung’s outlets in Little Soho, Batu Bersurat (9am to 9pm daily) and Transit Hall, Brunei International Airport (7.30am to 11pm daily, except Monday and Wednesday; 7.30am to 12 midnight). You can also contact Junjung via hotline +6738813334, e-mail [email protected] or Instagram @junjung.bn.