Hawaii Mom Blog: Celebrate the Mid Autumn Moon Festival with Moon Cakes




September 26, 2015

Celebrate the Mid Autumn Moon Festival with Moon Cakes

I remember as a young girl celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with my family by eating moon cakes and listening to the legend of the woman flying to the moon.  I also remember that I didn't really like moon cakes, especially the ones with the duck yolks inside them. 

But in recent years, partly out of sentiment and the rest out of desperation not to lose all of the Chinese culture I was raised with, I've been celebrating the annual festival with a moon cake. 

It wasn't until this year, that I read Melissa Chang's article in Frolic that I learned of moon cakes that I would actually enjoy eating.  Sure, they aren't so traditional, but let's face it, neither am I.  I bought a couple from the Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery in Honolulu's Chinatown to share with my family.  My two kids just loved the mochi moon cake filled with black sugar and I was amazed how much I enjoyed the five nuts moon cake.

It was so delicious that I am tempted to return to the bakery before Sunday's Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.  I'm ecstatic to continue this tradition (even with not-so traditional moon cakes) with my family.     

The insides of the moon cakes:  five nuts and black sugar.

Sing Cheong Bakery
1027 Maunakea Street
Hours: daily 6:30am-6:00pm

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