One of the most wonderful things about living in this melting pot of cultures is the continuous and never ending stream of festivities and the foods associated with them. I mean, if you lived in say, a Caucasian country, the highlight of the year might be ... Christmas? or a thanksgiving turkey, but in Malaysia,.... beginning of the year, we have the endless yee sang promos... quickly followed by easter offerings, usually in the form of high teas, and chocolate eggs, then the dumpling festivals, and depending when Ramadhan strikes, the endless Iftar buffets, followed by Aidil Fitri, then we have the mooncake festival. But of course in between times, there'll be all sorts of other non festive promos, because let's face it, eating is our national pastime, only next to shopping.
Barely have the gates of Hades closed, and the hungry ghost festival over, (apparently some vagrants are still wandering around), that the appearance of the ubiquitous mooncake makes its presence felt. Gone are the days when mooncakes were made either from lotus paste, red bean paste, or nuts, the main variation being the number of yolks. These days, every imaginable filling fills these skins, be they baked or snow skinned. Someone should have a nasi lemak mooncake soon, afterall, the egg yolk would be the perfect complement.
A lazy hot Saturday afternoon in Ti Chen, Saujana Hotel (but at the Club annex) introducing their range of mooncakes, and a quick workshop demonstrating how to make the snow skinned mooncakes.
The heart shaped mooncake represents the myth of the Old Man and The Moon, ...who has the prestigious job of keeping a book of records with the names of all newborns and their future partners. Boy, would I love to sneak a preview into THIS book. Wonder if it's online now.
The other shape is the Oval Mooncake, with the legend of The Lady of the Moon, who stole and consumed an immortality pill from her husband the Great General Hou Yi. Poor lady, stuck up there all this while until she was discovered by Neil Armstrong in 1969.
The round mooncake symbolizes the Chinese revolt against Mongolian rule with the hidden messages in the mooncake. This is the story we're most familar with.
Priced at RM19-23 each for the baked skin and RM18-RM22 for the snow skin, SGCC members get 20% off, Lifestyle by Saujana Members get 15% as do CIMB Card members.
Saujana Hotel, Saujana Resort
Jalan Lapangan Terbang SAAS
40150 Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-7843 1234