23.9.06

An embarrassment of mooncakes

An embarrassment of mooncakes

I'm not terribly traditional when it comes to observing Chinese customs, but a good one, besides handing out money for good luck, is handing out seasonal foods for goodwill.

My paternal grandmother used to give us tins of homemade love letters and pineapple tarts for Chinese New Year, when she was still spry enough to make them. Terz's parents give us bak kwa (pork jerky) all year round.

So for the Mid-Autumn Festival, I've decided to try and return the karma (not to mention assuage the occasional guilt that we don't see or feed our parents more often) by doling out the mooncakes. Specifically, all the parentals get the inimitable champagne truffle mooncakes from Raffles Hotel, and I picked up a couple of traditional ones while I was at it 'cause I remembered that my mom prefers those. Because Fifth Aunt is coming along to dinner tonight as well, whereat the mooncakes will be presented to said parentals, she gets a smaller but no less tempting box of champagne truffle and mocha truffle mooncakes too.

All the mooncakes are sitting in our fridge now, so it smells enticingly of champagne.

We're attending at least one, if not two, mooncake parties next week, so I'm going to be buying (and eating) mooncakes for a while yet ...

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Related post: Happy mooncake season!

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7 Comments:

At 9/24/2006 1:50 am , Blogger Little Miss Drinkalot said...

I remember scheming to get my grubby paws on some of your champagne truffle mooncakes last year... I obviously failed, of course.

 
At 9/24/2006 1:16 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember - each mooncake contains about 1000 calories! How long ago was it that you went for a run? :p

 
At 9/24/2006 6:19 pm , Anonymous nardac said...

1. Did you just spend around $300 on mooncakes?

2. Are these chocolate filled mooncakes, and not the red-bean kinds?

3. Does it really taste like truffled chocolate champagne?

4. Can you mail me one? Just one.

 
At 9/24/2006 11:35 pm , Blogger Tym said...

LMD > Aiya, I save some for you lah ...

James > I can recognise your tone behind that Anonymous mask. Champagne truffle mooncakes come only once a year!

Nardac >
1. No, no --- nor should I hit $300 by the time mooncake-buying season is done.

2. Yeah, the fancy flavours usually skip the traditional lotus fillings. Swensen's makes ice cream mooncakes too and even Starbucks has various coffee-flavoured varieties.

3. I have not had truffled chocolate champagne, but the champagne truffles are extremely yummy.

4. The special mooncakes have to remain refrigerated until you eat them. They're supposed to be out of the fridge for not more than 2 hours --- which doesn't quite give me enough time to speed-deliver one to you!

 
At 9/25/2006 4:53 am , Anonymous nardac said...

Oh pschaw! I'll never get my hands on some fancy mooncakes. Bwaaaahhhhh...

 
At 9/25/2006 4:54 am , Anonymous nardac said...

Oh, and I meant like truffled chocolate with champagne flavour... I bet we're talking about the same thing.

 
At 9/26/2006 12:02 pm , Blogger Dot said...

You. Are. Making. Me. INSANELY. Jealous! Boohoo. If only mooncakes could be sent via Wonka Vision.

 

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