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Kee Wah's Double Yolk Mooncake

Last week I stopped by Kee Wah Bakery in Milpitas to pick up a few items and was reminded that mooncake season and the Autumn Festival were upon us. Not much of a mooncake fan, I bought one of the white lotus paste and double egg yolk cakes for $9. Yes, that's pricey but this looked larger and felt heavier to me than others I'd tried. The paste was moderately sweet and velvety, yet not as slick with rich lardiness as the mooncakes of yore. The yolks were a bit brittle on the edges but otherwise not dried out. The pattern on the deep-brown crust was deeply embedded and precise. The crust was thin and almost flakey. Maybe the best mooncake I've had in years.

"On Moon Festival Day, We Review Three Local Mooncakes"
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2011...

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Kee Wah Bakery
386 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035

Kee Wah Bakery
4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

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  1. Thanks for the review! I go to Kee Wah about once a week for their buns for lunch...always see the mooncakes but the weight/ingredients aren't familiar. I think I'll try one of these the next time I go!

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    1. re: Bunson

      Note that they are a seasonal item, only available in the few weeks leading up to today's Moon Festival. They may have a few leftover after today but not for long.

      What are your favorite buns from Kee Wah and which branch do you patronize? I wish there were one in San Francisco.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I always go to the Milpitas one since I work about a mile away. I always get a Pineapple and Pineapple Custard bun then 2-3 others (fatty, yes) - Cocktail, Hot Dog (reminds me of pronto pups), BBQ Pork, Pizza, Ham&Cheese, Tristar usually is in the mix. Also their Custard Bread is AMAZING, just have to make sure it's not overcooked because the custard dries out.

        1. re: Bunson

          So you're saying you get ALL of the buns . . . :-) Thanks for the feedback.

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          Kee Wah Bakery
          1718 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

    2. last year got a gift tin of sheng kee mooncake. eat a little, was pretty good. not too lardy, lots of lotus bean flavoring.
      this year am avoiding mooncakes for health reasons. on a related note, ranch 99 has their own brands of mooncake now selling from $8-$12m, china made. one brand is lily ....there are about 4 brands, wa.... trading (99 ranch) is the listed importer/distributor. would avoid.

      my main reason for avoiding mooncakes are the mainland chinese are making ingredients for mooncakes that are not natural but chemical in nature. i.e. lotus bean isn't all natural.

      most u.s. mooncake makers source their ingredients from mainland chinese sources so it's difficult to know what's in the mooncake though it's u.s. made.

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      1. re: shanghaikid

        A co-worker from Taiwan brought one into the office that he bought at Ranch 99. The brand name is in Chinese, but the wrapper says White Lotus Seed Paste with 3 Egg Yolks. It comes in a round, brown box with a bunny on it. I still don't care for mooncake, but the hom don were excellent, better than the ones in the jung at Gum Wah.

      2. Just adding a postscript for reference next year . . . one of my aunties advised that Eastern Bakery's mooncakes are terrible now. She recommended the ones from ABC Sea Food in Milpitas if you can afford them and for a lower budget and available at supermarkets, the mooncakes by Rice Valley (the noodle maker). She concurred on Kee Wah.

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        Eastern Bakery
        720 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

        ABC Sea Food Restaurant
        782 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Hi. Can you recommend a place to pick up good local moon cakes in SF or on the Peninsula anywhere between Redwood City and SF?

          I've been reading this thread and am particularly interested in savory versions with ham, which I've never tried.

          chowhound.chow.com/topics/869821

          Would prefer avoiding the imported versions.

          1. re: Candice

            I would go to Koi Palace. I haven't had any this year to speak to the selection.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks, I don't love mooncakes but always feel like I should have one at this time of year. May try a few from the local chains (Sheng Kee, etc) as well as Cooking Papa and Koi Palace. this year and will report back.

              1. re: Candice

                You and me, sister. I'm the same way about them. There's also Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown that bakes locally.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  ive been wondering if golden gate has a good version, everyone talks about their dan ta which are pretty decent, but when i was there in April the lao po bing was very good (need to write it up) like it was actually better than most lao po bing in Asia...so im thinking they may have the skill to make a good moon cake

                2. re: Candice

                  I love mooncakes but only allow myself the enjoyment of one or two a year to savor - so, I am searching also for The Good One and will follow your posts.

                  1. re: Cynsa

                    You need to buy them before Sunday. The will the last day the local bakery will be baking them. You can buy the leftover for a reduce price after Sunday. I had my first slice today. I have to limit my intake too.

                    1. re: yimster

                      Yimster! Long time no see! Which mooncakes do you recommend? I must step on the brakes, too, which is much easier with a (very) short tasting list. It doesn't help that most mooncakes are sold in packs of 4. Any good ones with ham?

                3. re: Melanie Wong

                  i'm going to write a report soon, but i just tried Koi Palace's and they are pretty good

                  1. re: Lau

                    Does Koi Palace have one with ham? Has anyone compared the Cooking Papa moon cakes with Koi's?

                    1. re: pilinut

                      yah thats actually the one that i got, they had three:
                      1) White lotus seed w/ egg yolk
                      2) Mixed nuts w/ ham and egg yolk
                      3) Purple yam and bird's nest

                      I was on my way to the airport after being in Napa and we stopped there for dim sum and so i happened to pick one up. I actually wish i picked up all three now, it was much better than the locally made NY ones which have been so so
                      http://www.lauhound.com/2012/09/mid-a...