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Rose mooncakes, please!!

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As the traditional Middle Autumn Day draws near, there are many moon cakes to choose from besides those "package more valuable" ones like ham-pied cakes. Flower-pied, especially rose-pied moon cakes are preferred a lot by visitors to Yunnan. Baked with almost the same materials--flour, eggs, cooking oil, sugar, and honey etc, why do rose pastries enjoy a high popularity?

The answer lies in the roses locally grown in Yunnan and used for making teas, and cooking--especially for making cakes that are crispy, fragrant and drool-inducing.

The Rosaceae bushes can be found with ease in many parts of China, but Yunnan--which is dubbed "Kingdom of Plants"--tops others in this respect. You might have noticed that 70 percent of fresh flowers traded in China have come from Yunnan province. In the vicinity of Kunming, there are many rose farms and urban dwellers usually spend happy weekends appreciating rural views.

Among the genuine dim sum-like snacks of Yunnan, rose cakes can be a highlight. They are normally widely available in stores such as Carrefour and Walmart outlets, and franchise stores such as the Joy Bakery (Jiahua Cakes) , Bread Works and others mushrooming in recent years. Cakes of this kind begin to be sold as early as April, because farmers usually harvest the fresh rose crops for orders placed by food companies. You may also find dried roses sold all the year round in big stores.

In historical records, the flower-pied cakes were initially prepared by a master chef in the Qing Dynasty about 300 years ago. Sweet, fragrant, and believed to be "good for improving feminine beauty", these cakes were once widely sold in Kunming and even the north of China such as Tianjin.

However, not all the rose flower is used for making cakes. The petals of edible roses, and only the petals, are valuable in this regard, and that is mainly why they (rose cakes) are a little pricier than others. There are also records saying that rose-pied cakes were paid to the Qing Dynasty's Qian Long Emperor as a tribute.

Personally, I prefer rose cakes than any others. As for ham cakes, I really don’t like the taste, and I think the innovative idea for making such cakes must have derived from that ham can spike the price of affordable, household cakes. If you try ham cakes, it tastes quite weird, somewhat salty, somewhat sweet, and somewhat salted pork. Maybe, if you don’t know how to choose what you like, I recommend rose cakes, and if you want to try the ham specialty, please don’t choose ham cakes.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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Reply Report liu5222512 2014-9-2 12:47
Thanks for your sharing.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2014-9-2 17:12
I really don't like moon cakes haha...

Nice article though, interesting read.
Reply Report 财神 2014-9-2 22:02
wow! mid-autumn festival is coming soon.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-9-3 11:24
Reply Report Adambai 2014-9-3 11:45
teamkrejados: 中秋节快乐!
Reply Report wpywood 2014-9-3 11:52
I like Egg-Yolk Puff
Reply Report Sophia花 2014-9-3 12:55
I like the yolk flavor mooncake.
Reply Report Adambai 2014-9-3 17:14
When I was a kid, parents used to bake delicious cakes on a charcoal brasier. The taste never comes back!!
Reply Report KristaChen 2014-9-3 20:42
Usually, i don't like eating mooncake because it is too sweet. But this year, my neighbor created a mooncake named 'snowy mooncakes'. It tastes so good that she makes much money by selling them on her wechat.
Reply Report 丢人现眼 2014-9-4 03:41
nom nom nom
Reply Report 1024208797 2014-9-5 00:25
I don't like eating mooncake too,it's too sweet to finish a whole mooncake.
Reply Report jansenzh 2014-9-10 14:15
It's just a trditional festival that day when you can visited your relatives or connections. Especially your parents. I think It's more important than eating a mooncake.
Reply Report luckyann 2014-9-10 18:05
I never taste the rose-pied mooncakes .
Reply Report anastasiasuli 2014-9-12 19:05
I agree with the author! Those ones are amazing!
Reply Report Funny-boy 2015-12-11 15:32
I have tasted the rose-tea, somewhat sweet.
Reply Report Dracarys 2015-12-14 08:51
wow--  looks like delicious and fragrant ..
Reply Report SEARU 2016-9-11 18:16
Is it model blog since it has been highlighted in the top place of the most commented for so long?

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