September is upon us, and for those who live in Hong Kong or Greater China, like me, the month marks the beginning of a new season, kicked off by the Mid-Autumn Festival on September 19.
I remember the first time I arrived in Hong Kong, I shuffled to Victoria Park with all the revelers and celebrants since there were apparently gigantic lantern carnivals and displays – never again. After living in Hong Kong for two years, I now avoid any large holiday celebrations like the plague. Now I know this might not be the best way of viewing these things, but after getting hustled and bustled every which way everyday on the overpopulated streets of Hong Kong for the past couple of years, I tend to veer the opposite direction of the crowds.
But that’s not to say I’m some sort of Mid-Autumn scrooge – in fact, I had loads of fun joining a Mooncake making class hosted by the Renaissance Harbourview Hotel’s Dynasty Restaurant last Wednesday!
The class started with us washing our hands and donning the hotel’s aprons with their campaign slogan “Live Life to Discover” printed on it.
We then watched the real experts in action:
(Apologies in advance if you can’t understand some labels – the class was conducted in Chinese, and the Chris the food blogger beside me was ever-so-helpfully translating as best she could)
How to Make Mooncakes:
So I now have some mooncakes that I’m to leave for one week before eating (so that the egg yolk’s oil can be absorbed by the lotus paste). I tried one from the gift box the hotel gave me, and contrary to my previous mooncake eating experience, it was really good. Traditional like the one I tasted before (and hated), but not bad at all! I really liked the sweet-ish nutty-ish lotus paste filling. Mmmm.
I’m not a baker, but I definitely thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Also, while we were waiting for the mooncakes to bake, we got to sample the uber-famous dim sum from Dynasty at their fantastic dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, providing an excellent view of Victoria Harbour from Wan Chai. The har gow or shrimp dumpling (I think it was drunken shrimp in this case) was the absolute best I’ve ever tried. I had a three-course lunch but I was able to stuff at least three of those in my mouth in addition to the char siu bao, and other random dumplings (#dietfail).
I have yet to sample the results of my baking attempts, but we will see next week after I get feedback from the people I feed the mooncakes to!
Also, happy weekend everybody! TGIF! 😉
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