Thursday 18 September 2008

Moon cakes

Now, I know you're all dying to hear about the mooncakes. Let's start from the very beginning....

Traditionally mooncakes are rather pork pie-like in shape, but have a pretty swirly design (usually the Chinese character for harmony or longevity) on the top. However, the folks over at GOD, being somewhat subversive, came up with 4 cheeky (see what I did there?) designs: Spread my Cheeks, Mind the Gap, T-back (otherwise known as G-string) and Full Monty. The joke being that they are all in the shape of, um, derrieres.

We got two, see the vid below for Ross's reaction.

Mooncakes usually have a filling made of lotus seed paste, with a whole salted duck egg yolk inthe middle. This is just the sort of unannounced sweet/savoury juxtaposition that I find so hard to deal with here, but seems completely normal to most Hong Kongers. Flavours are diversifying though, and Haggy D's make some delicious-sounding ice cream ones.

It is said that in the Yuan Dynasty, Ming revolutionaries used mooncakes to co-ordinate their efforts to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China by hiding secret messages inside the dense filing of the cakes.

1 comment:

  1. Love all your blogs, keep them coming, love mummy xxx


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