I cannot pretend to like...nor defend...the mooncake in this instance.
This is stodgy brick masquerading as food and I cannot acquire an understanding of it as a pleasurable culinary experience. I imagine many other uses for this object, deadly weapon near the top of the list. Fired from a cannon at speed, it would knock people senseless, even win wars.
Well, food fights anyway.
The cover for this variety of mooncake is made from glutinous rice starch, the centre from a paste of lotus seeds and sugar. Interesting ingredients in miniscule proportions include pomelo flower extract, the subtlety of which completely escapes me. Scanning the nutritional information on the box, knowing that I'm headed to the pointy end of the healthy diet pyramid, I find that sugar constitutes 35% of this mooncake known as Bánh Dẻo Nhân Hạt Sen. I'm sure something has been lost in translation with the second most prominent ingredient, humidity (25%).
So, while I will not apologise for not liking this festive cake, I do wish to offer season's greetings to one and all in my adopted home.
Tết trung thu vui vẻ!