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Sep 20, 2006 08:12 PM

Moon Cakes At Costco-Alhambra

Moon cakes have come to the Costco in Alhambra. The good news is that they're only $13. The bad news is that they're not very good. Makes one wonder whether these are taken from last year's surplus production on the Chinese mainland which was allegedly frozen and saved until this year .

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  1. Did you not realize that all mooncakes in existence were made during the Ming Dynasty? Right after they finished with the Great Wall, the people set out to make dessert.

    They froze all that were made and the communist party has been doling them out ever so carefully for the past 700 (or so) years ...

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      You are very funny, ipsedixit!

      I do love wandering the Asian markets and special bakeries at this time of year; each displays its own version of what they consider "the best" moon cakes!

      Short of traveling hundreds of years back in time to get them fresh out of the Ming oven, who do you think has GREAT moon cakes?

      1. re: liu

        I prefer the freshly made ones from Diamond Bakery (the small mini red bean kind without the egg yolk).

        Packaged ones in those ornate, overly wrought tin boxes remind me so much of fruitcake ... ick.

        Diamond Bakery:

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Haha, I've never cared much for filling that's not (white) lotus seed paste... though I do give props to their Date Paste with walnuts, I'll actually eat those.

          Yea, most packaged mooncakes are a bit shady & stale, but I've enjoyed the ones by Maxim & Wing Wah, though the yolks are a bit too greasy for my tastes.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              That's because much like fruit cakes, the main purpose of moon cakes is for gift giving. No one eats them. They are probably the most re-gifted Chinese food items ever.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Are you telling me that moon cakes are the Peeps of Chinese food...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I've heard them cited as proof that the Chinese invented ice hockey.

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              1. Get your money back. Costco will take anything back and return your money.

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                1. re: monku

                  Fortunately they were giving out free samples so we didn't buy.

                2. Found them at 99 Ranch at Victory and Sepulveda. 7.50$ each....Didn't try them But, it's Marias who makes them????

                  1. They'll make for sweets in earthquake kits.