Mooncakes are an extremely popular Chinese pastry and are traditionally eaten during Mid-Autumn Festival. The annual production of these delicious cakes is 0.28 million tonnes – that’s about 40000 male adult African Elephants! Read on for your guide to mooncakes >
Popular fillings of Mooncakes are lotus seed paste, sweet bean paste, jujube paste and five kernels of corn. The crusts can be chewy, flaky or tender. Styles vary quite vastly, depending on the location of production.
This photo shows two Beijing-style Mooncakes with green bean fillings.
This photo shows Cantonese-style Mooncakes with egg yolk fillings (our favourite!)
Ice Skin Mooncakes
How beautifully detailed is the crust?!
How to make your own mooncakes?
Warning: it’s a complicated process but the result is well worth the work!
Or you can just shop at your local Chinese supermarket :)
Thank you to:
Bixi Wang : collaborator | mathematician | Cambridge University student