Latest Mooncake with fruits
and yoghurt fillings and a chewy
outer layer.

Photo from The New Paper
Sep 12 2001
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Mooncake Variety

This September celebration gives everyone the green light to go mooncake nutty as this is the only time of the year the cakes are available. However, these little cakes weren't always associated with brightly lit lanterns and happy family reunions.

The most commonly seen mooncakes are soft pure lotus paste compactly wrapped in smooth golden brown pastry. Lotus paste is actually a combination of lotus seed and lye water boiled and blended into a
paste. The addition of peanut oil and cooked glutinous rice flour result in a sticky paste which is then rolled into a ball, clothed with a well-mixed dough and stamped with an intricate pattern.

Mooncakes either come plain or with one, two, even up to four salted egg yolks tucked snugly in lotus paste filling. The ones with single egg yolk are thought to represent the loneliness of the Chinese goddess Chang Er who flew to the moon to escape the clutches of her husband.

Apart from egg yolks, some lotus paste fillings are also sprinkled with assorted nuts, fruits and even ham bits. This has always been a favourite with older Chinese folks.

The immense popularity of mooncakes have inspired many new recipes, one of which is the non-baked version with soft chilled pastry. Best kept refrigerated
and eaten cold, these mooncakes come in incredibly imaginative flavours like strawberry, orange, pandan, banana, lemon, and even milk.

While regular mooncakes are smooth, soft and slightly sticky, special Shanghai mooncakes are loved for its crunchy pastry. With a lovely aroma of butter, they come in an imperfectly shaped ball with shiny glazed brown 'skin' that doesn't crack easily despite its crispiness.

The incorporation of local and Japanese elements into the mooncake is apparent with the births of the durian and green tea mooncakes. Even ice cream parlours are getting into the game by introducing kiddie-friendly ice cream mooncakes - ice cream coated with a sweet chocolate crust bearing similar Chinese-like patterns.

With the latest mooncake additions of jelly and Garfield-shaped mooncakes, one wonders if, in the race to tap into untouched mooncake markets,
Singaporean have fallen more in love with the unusual rather than the original. This question can well be laid to rest because the common sight of stacks and stacks of festive traditional mooncake boxes in homes all over the country is evidence that nothing can ever take the place of the real thing.

Other types of Mooncakes in town
- Szechuan pepper truffle; cream chesse and golden raisins; snowskin ginseng and bird's nest; mother of pearl champagne truffle, and ganache. Raffes Hotel, $26 - $57

Ice-Cream mooncakes
- Belgium chocolate or snowskin crusts. In flavours like cookies and cream, and macadamia. Haagen Dazs, $52
- Cempedak, durian: Swensens, $14.80

Halal mooncakes
- With lotus paste and durian paste. For our muslim mooncake lovers

Vegetarian Mooncakes
- With red/green bean and lotus paste

Find out more about Mooncake Variety , Recipes and Mooncake Molds

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