Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mid Autumn Festival - Mooncakes

Mooncakes are a must during mid autumn festival. Decided to buy some mooncakes from Tai Chong Kok pastry shop. It's a very old and traditional shop selling the traditional mooncakes without altering their flavour. Nowadays we have durian, green tea, etc flavours but Tai Chong Kok is still selling the original and traditional mooncakes. I too enjoyed the traditional moon cakes but dont mind to have durian mooncakes too hahaha.

The shop had gone through some painting and decoration but everything is still the same, especially the shop's signboard. The shop has been here since the 1930s.

I got the single egg yolk mooncake rather than the double egg yolks mooncake for healthier choice.

There is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule facilitated by messages smuggled in moon cakes. Mooncakes were used as a medium by the Ming revolutionaries in their espionage effort to secretly distribute letters to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China in the Yuan dynasty. The idea is said to have been conceived by Zhu Yuanzhang (朱元璋) and his advisor Liu Bowen (劉伯溫), who circulated a rumor that a deadly plague was spreading, and the only way to prevent it was to eat special mooncakes. This prompted the quick distribution of mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Another method of hiding the message was printed in the surface of mooncakes as a simple puzzle or mosaic. To read the encrypted message, each of the four mooncakes packaged together must be cut into four parts each. The 16 pieces of mooncake, must then be pieced together in such a fashion that the secret messages can be read. The pieces of mooncake are then eaten to destroy the message. (Source: wikipedia)


Ann said...

I prefer the old fashion cakes. Here they sell cakes from Vietnam and Hongkong. Been teaching the children about Chang Er.

Ann said...

I like this version, I used to like my Dad's version, hiding the message inside. But the puzzle is good.