Today's the 15th of the 8th lunar month on the Chinese calendar and when mooncakes are traditionally consumed to celebrate the brightest full moon of the year.
I'm sure many have already seen boxes of mooncakes of all varieties sold in Chinatown. But the particular style of mooncake that I like is one made in the style of the Teochews, with flaky pastry crust, shaped like a large smooth pebble about 4 inches in diameter and filled with white lotus paste or taro. Never seen it in this country, and my hardcore hound friends in other cities have never seen one either. If you see one of these, please post.
Bao Bao in Chinatown makes what I consider a consolation prize that's not really a mooncake. Their taro filled pastry vaguely resembles the Teochew mooncakes in minature even though it's merely good, not great -- it needs more lard for richer filling and more flakey shell, and a centre of salted duck yolk for the sweet/salty contrast. Still worth trying. Drink a medium bodied tea with it, some of my favourites include some of mild to medium oolongs (such as Iron Goddess of Mercy from Anxi, DongTing Oolong), or Scarlet Robe/Da Hong Pao.
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