So /ck/ I am finally planning to buy one of these at a nearby international market to kick off Lunar New Year.
Has anybody else ever tried one?
They are not sweet, and pretty dense/heavy. I like the date ones... or are they fig? I forget. Some have walnuts in them, some have a whole hardcooked egg (!) in them, and some have pineapple. The pineapple ones are okay too, I guess. There might be red bean ones too but I have never had that one.
If you are looking for sweet, look elsewhere. If you are looking to try it to say you did, go for it. Just don't expect something amazing; even Chinese people think they're mediocre at best.
They are yummy. At my uni they give them out for free doing Chinese moon festival time. I'm not too fond of the whole egg yolks they have in them sometimes.
It's made of an outer layer made of flour, and an inner layer made of bean paste, overall quite dense. Sweet but not too sweet.
I used to hate them but the last few years I've had them I actually quite enjoyed them. The trick is to ask a Chinese person to tell you which ones are good. Otherwise you'll buy shitty ones that taste like chalk. Also, be prepared to pay out of your ass for the actually good ones. The thing is, you'll be paying not for the cake itself but the better packaging and appearance which implies you're wealthier.
So yeah, if you want to get a good one find a Chinese person who's willing to show you which ones to buy.
I was so excited to try one of these when one of my chinese roommates brought them home. Turns out they are just tradition sake, no one really likes them. The red bean ones are o k. Plus you're supposed to slice it like a tiny cake because it's so fuckin dense you can barely stand to eat more than a 1/4 cake.
Sorry to ruin your dreams, but that's what you get for getting excited on /ck/.
I like them, but I only like the white lotus paste ones with nothing else in them. Also, the brand to get is pic related, Hong Kong Wing Wah. They're generally considered the best or one of the best. I've had some real shit mooncake before from other brands. If you're gonna see if you like mooncake, might as well go for the good kind.
Shit is dense though, I usually eat them an eighth at a time, never all at once. I think it's like over 1000 calories for each cake.
I'm surprised you're able to find them, they're traditionally only eaten in the fall. The outer layer is a thin dough and the filling is usually not that sweet, most of the time it's lotus feet paste or red bean and might have a salted egg yolk inside. They're really dense though, I can only eat a quarter at a time, they're pretty much meant to be shared anyway.
They're pretty shit, entirely underwhelming. Most non-euro pastries are crap. I've had them plenty of times when I was younger (chinese friends), never felt they were anything special.
OP, the standard moon cakes you get are filled with lotus seed paste, egg yolks and lard. Two varieties I'd recommend are the "five kernel" and snow skin moon cakes. Another favorite of mine is the Suzhou-style moon cake, which has a flaky crust which resembles that of a baklava. Also, Cantonese style moon cakes have lots of lard, whereas moon cakes made in Singapore tend to be lard-free (halal) for marketing reasons.
They usually have this year around but we eat this on fall.
The ones on fall taste better because they are on the freshers condition. If you don't like shit-tasting ones, fulfill four conditions: buy red bean paste, buy expensive, buy on big Chinatown, buy during the fall celebration.
I like them. You're supposed to slice them into eighths then nibble the slices slowly with some tea since they're very rich. Check the ingredients list to make sure they don't have too much crap filler. Lotus bean paste is best, I like the salted duck yolks but it can be an acquired taste. At any rate, you won't know what you like until you try it so go for it OP!
Also when my parents buy it, it's usually when they visited a temple. The cakes might still be warm enough like it was just out for a few hours. I've only ate the white lotus paste and red bean paste. White lotus are usually more dense than the red bean and I've ate the red bean one where it just melts inside your mouth.
But most people don't buy it at fall because it's not fall and good ones are very expensive and these things go bad fast.
>even Chinese people think they're mediocre at best
This, I've never heard anyone actually say they like them. It's like fruit cake for white people, just an item you eat at a certain time of year.
during lunar fest i told a chinese girl on my course (my course is 80% chinese of which 90% are girls) and as soon as i said i had one they asked me if i wanted one, yeah it tastes like garbage
Am a chunk from Shanghai, we have the better version of moon cakes.
It's a fucking meat pie, infinitely superior.
your cultural distinctiveness will be added to our own
ricestance is futile
my boss thinks that giving me a mooncake is like a fuckin bonus or something. white lotus double yolk.
fuck you wesley thats a nigger name and you cant speak english for shit. also how do you get lung cancer from fucking pussy ass skinny chineese cigarettes. please die already.
I don't recommend getting them this time of year, whatever you can find is probably old, stale leftovers from last Fall.
I'm Chinese and I fucking love them. You have to get the good ones. The more expensive, the better. Anything less than $50/box is probably shit.
My nigga. Wing Wah is delicious, just as long as it's in season (Autumn).
fuck you, you clearly don't have a grandma that can cook and make some damn good fruitcake, mooncakes are mass produced kinda gross low quality holiday sweets, so like, those marshmallow santas
Wrong time of the year to have them, m8.
Likewise they're alright, though I'm not too fond of salted egg yolk so I prefer the yolk-less variants (although that's probably heresy to some)
>hurr nothing in china can be of high quality
I used to eat this almost every year. Moon cakes are fucking delicious. I don't know why people are saying it's shit.
>that outer pastry shell
>soft, sweet red bean paste
>slightly salty egg yolk
God I miss it.