|The Moon Cake bazaar at Ngee Ann City|
Wing Wah is an old bakery in Hong Kong best known for its smooth lotus-paste moon cakes. It is old-fashioned indeed, analogous to buying Cadbury against Le Maison du Chocolat when it comes to moon cakes. I would trek down to New York's Chinatown every year to get one tin of it from the supermarket. Predictably, Wing Wah would probably be found in every Chinatown in the big international cities by virtue of its heritage. The blue and yellow, peony tin design has not changed at all and at this point, it is so retro. I would recycle those tins to stuff my photo negatives, old cards, keepsakes, what not.
|The traditional Wing Wah tin (bottom left).|
Alas, I had five minutes to board our plane and had to bypass the shop. But once again, my compulsive nature got the better of me. The very next morning, I googled for 'Wing Wah in Singapore' and then drove down to Ngee Ann City to pursue what I thought were pretty stylish tins. Sisters and kids in tow with the false pretense of going to Orchard Road 'for lunch'.
I had never encountered a one-stop shop.....to put it mildly....a better word would be bazaar....for moon cakes. Rows and counters of hotels, restaurants and bakeries hawking their finest lotus paste, with the few pops of snow skin, low-sugar, durian and ice cream variants. Sample tastings to boot.
My stylish tin was there and I happily purchased the fashionable custard variety that came in the tin.
Happy moon gazing!
Read New York Times article here.