Sorry to be writing this so early and haven't even tried them yet (and I trust they will be very tasty). I was at SF Chinatown earlier this evening after an excellent Border's SBC Park instore performance of Vienna Teng. Went to Lucky Creation to get some takeout and they had their yearly supply of mooncakes at the counter.
All vegetarian of course. If memory serves me right there are 7 varities, unfortunately I only recall 6 of them:
The (?) is a semi forgetful of the exact pairing of ingredients, but the first one is correct:
1) White fungus (translates to "snow ear" + lotus(?)
2) Red date + lotus (?)
3) Honeydew + winter melon
4) Three mushrooms
5) Plain lotus with olive seed
6) Plain red bean with lotus seed
Prices range from $14 to $19 per box of 4 ($19 being the white fungus version). You can mix and match.
They will stop selling and making vegetarian mooncakes after 9/28 which is the western calendar date of the Mid Autumn Festival. If they run out before you might want to call ahead and reserve (they can bake and make to order). Before I bought my box of 4, the lady behind the counter told me around this time there are rushes from nearby Buddhist temples who buy this stuff in large quantities, some customers even bring them back to Hong Kong. In fact I saw one guy buy 30 boxes...
Long line as usual outside Golden Gate Bakery, so I couldn't afford the time to wait in line and get some super tasty mooncakes ;-). Dick Lee pastry shop on the other hand looked very lonely with no customers, although they had a few varities of mooncakes available. Washington Bakery had some for sale, around $4.50 to $5.50 each.
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