That day will come…

Yes, it will come in around two weeks’ time – the Mooncake Festival or the Mid-Autumn or Lantern Festival, on the 1st of October this year.

I guess everyone has been busy buying or making and enjoying eating those mooncakes for sometime now.  I did go out and buy those made-in-Sarikei pek guek tong chiew (8th Month Autumn) Foochow Mooncake Festival biscuits…

Foochow pek guek tong chiew pia

…and thankfully, my favourite brand still mengandungi lemak babi (contains pork fat/lard) even though one can hardly detect it in the biscuits these days and thankfully, the price has not gone up – it’s still the same as last year.

For one thing, without the fat, not only is it not fragrant but it will be kind of hard, probably because of the sugar. Other than that, it also lacks the fragrance and taste of kacang (peanut) and sesame but the consolation is it still tastes all right. Many have complained that their favourite brands, for reasons unknown, no longer contain lard so of course, they are all so disappointed. I hear there is a really good one in Miri but during these troubled days and times, I guess I will not get the chance to try those.

I have not seen these very nice affordable ones at my regular fruit and food shop in the next lane but my girl did buy me a pack of pretty nice ones, lotus paste, made in Johore. As a matter of fact, I have not gone out to look around at what is available this year and what the prices are like this time around.

In the meantime, my sister dropped by my house that day and gave me this…

Sweet Factory mooncake 1

…from this bakery here, selling at only RM3.80 each.

I don’t know what those Mandarin characters on the box say but it looked like those Shanghai mooncakes just that the pastry was not layered and flaky. Having said that, I must say that I did enjoy it a lot more with its delightful taste and it was crumbly, not hard, and inside, there were salted egg yolk and meat floss wrapped in red bean paste or at least, that was what I thought it was…

Sweet Factory mooncake 1, inside

…nothing like anything I’ve tried before and yes, it was really very nice. I sure would not mind dropping by there one of these days to buy some more.

This was another one…

Sweet Factory mooncake 2

…from that same bakery, also RM3.80 each and yes, it was nice too – pandan lotus paste with red bean paste and salted egg yolk inside…

Sweet Factory mooncake 2, inside

…but between the two, I think I liked the former more.

Well, there is still sometime left before the festival, still time to go around and see what they have this year. Who knows I may stumble upon some really nice and affordable ones.

SWEET FACTORY is located right next door to NIANG JIA, formerly LADOREE CAFE & EVENTS (2.302891, 111.842997), at Wisma Liberty, Lot 4047, Block 3, Jalan Pedada (now Jalan Dr. Wong Soon Kai). There are a few tables by the side for anyone thinking of having tea there.