Mooncakes in Singapore, Sweet Treat in the Spark of Mid-Autumn Festival

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Mooncakes in Singapore is beyond the traditional one in term of the variety of the flavor & packaging. Hotels, restaurants, and cake shops every year introduce their new creations for the Mid-Autumn Festival. However, if your favorite is the traditional mooncakes with its glossy sheen reddish brown crust, lotus or red bean paste filling, and salted duck egg yolk; you’ll find them here too.

It seems that anything can be used as the fillings for mooncakes nowadays such as “durian”, cheese, and ice-cream. While the crust has variety of forms from the crusty, flaky texture, to the soft and translucent skin – fondly called as “snow skin”.

How’s about the salted egg yolk in the middle of the cake? Well, frankly speaking this is the best part of the cake. But if you don’t like it for whatever reason, you shall try the “beanyolk. It’s made of “bean” but taste like egg yolk. The “bean” yolk was available in the market last year and claimed by the seller as the “healthier choice” without compromising its taste.

Priced in between of S$5.00 to about S$25.00 per piece comes in a box of two or four, you want to make sure you buy something you like right?

Mooncakes in Singapore, Sweet Treat in the Spark of Mid Autumn Festival

The fifteenth day of the eight lunar months is the actual day to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival. But, hey if you visit us between mid Augusts to October, you’ll see these cakes displayed at shopping malls, restaurant, and smaller cake shops.

The city will also be brighten up with beautiful lanterns come in any kind of shapes and sizes during the festivals especially in Chinatown and along the Singapore River.

The Chinese legend which was passed on from generation to generation said that the first mooncakes was actually made to honor Chang Er, the moon goddess.

It was told that on the 15th day of the full moon, the moon is full and beautiful because it’s a time for Hou Yi a famous archer who’s built a palace in the sun to visit his wife, Chang Er.

The heroic Chinese folk tale was mentioned about the success of the Han Chinese people to throw out the ruling Mongolians during Yuan dynasty by hiding the revolutionary message inside the cakes.

What’s the legend behind the lantern then?

It’s believed that the lanterns lit and carried by Emperor Wu’s concubines and servants during the early Han dynasty had saved his palace from fire.

Emperor Wu dreamt that the deities will burn down his palace. He made them think that the palace was indeed burning by lighten up the whole palace with the lanterns. This way, the palace was saved!