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.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

7 thoughts on “That day will come…”

  1. The two words are rou song meaning meat floss. The pastry your sister gave you looks very good. As for lard in pastry, my family is totally the opposite. Whenever they detect lard in pastries, they will stop eating and give to my spouse cos he is the only one in the family who can accept the taste of lard in food.

    Oh? No wonder!!! I saw this same brand at a bakery here yesterday – two different packaging, this one with lard and the other one without. I guess there are people who are not into it. It has to be good quality lard though – I once had a Sibu-made one and the lard tasted like it had gone off, not nice at all.
    Thanks for the translation.

  2. This Shanghai mooncake looks really cute. Coincidently , my son also bought this homemade Shanghai mooncake for me too. Mine doesn’t have meat floss, only red bean paste and egg yolk which is not to my liking. I like those mooncakes from Cosway which is not overly sweet. Having say that, my prefer choice is still our local made hong chio pia.

    My cousin bought me those hong choi peah last year, nice…but they’re not mooncakes. I sure would not eat mooncakes on other days, lots of other nice things to eat…especially at those prices! RM3.80, can go for kampua mee and still have change. It’s just to preserve our heritage…our culture, our tradition.

  3. I would love to try the made-in-Sarikei pek guek tong chiew biscuits as it contain lard. 🙂

    Too bad the courier services aren’t so reliable these days, not many planes flying…if they do fly, that is. Otherwise, I can send you one, not a problem at all.

  4. It does look like Shanghai mooncakes, maybe a variation of it. 🙂
    Glad to see you’re enjoying some mooncakes this mid autumn season as well Arthur!

    Yes, sticking to the regular ones to preserve our heritage, our culture, our tradition. Too many macam-macam these days, till the mooncakes are completely beyond recognition. Outrageous! Sacrilege! There is a time and place for everything.

  5. Hubby’s niece gave us a box of mooncakes from Sibu. Pretty good.

    Did not taste many mooncakes this year. Not planning to buy either. We will make do with 2 boxes for now, both given to us. One from hubby’s customer and another from his niece.

    From Sibu? The most popular is from Famous Bakery. Nice…but not cheap, unfortunately so I’m not all that keen on buying.

  6. My sis bought me and my mom some mooncakes, hv not arrived yet, lol. There will be mid autumn decorations at chinatown and gardens by the bay in sg, posts on it coming up soon. Are there any mid autumn decorations over your side?

    Not this year, I guess, with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, there would be lanterns all over the town. One year, they had a dragon made up of lanterns from one end of the town…right up to the Chinese temple at the other end (well, Sibu is not very big). Awesome!!!

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