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Locally-made Moon Cakes in LA?

Dave MP Sep 25, 2012 03:51 PM

There was a recent thread on the Manhattan board about locally made moon cakes for Mid-Autumn Festival: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869248

This has me wondering whether LA has good options too.

Looks like this discussion from 2010 is a good place to start. Any favorites, or things that are new, since then? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/734265

Dave MP

  1. Servorg Sep 25, 2012 04:13 PM


    1. ipsedixit Sep 25, 2012 04:37 PM

      Which kind?

      I have 4 boxes of this junk from 85" C that I have no idea what I'm going to do with.

      The taro ones are pretty good, but after two bites I feel the urge to purge.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        Servorg Sep 25, 2012 04:39 PM

        Now you've got me worried...It's not MoonPies is it? http://moonpie.com/

        1. re: Servorg
          ipsedixit Sep 25, 2012 04:41 PM

          I'd happily trade you 2 mooncakes for your one Moon Pie (PB Crunch).

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Servorg Sep 25, 2012 04:45 PM

            You smooth talking Southerner's are too good at fleecing this poor, naive California boy out of his MP's! I was thinking the other one was this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mooncakes No?

            1. re: Servorg
              ipsedixit Sep 25, 2012 04:48 PM

              I was referring to the types, e.g. Cantonese, Taiwanese, etc.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                Servorg Sep 25, 2012 04:55 PM

                I think I recommended one from a Vietnamese bakery. Do those count?

                They have a LOT of mooncakes at this place: http://www.kgbakery.com/Mid-AutumFestival.htm See here for all of the types: http://www.kgbakery.com/MoonCake2012.htm

                1. re: Servorg
                  ipsedixit Sep 25, 2012 04:58 PM


                  But I'd be afraid to buy Mooncake 1, as I might get arrested for having contraband.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    Servorg Sep 25, 2012 05:01 PM

                    I wonder, if you moonwalk through the doors do you get a discount? I would think about mooning them, but I'm afraid that I would get charged triple in that case (or at least be taken for a lunatic).

                    1. re: Servorg
                      ipsedixit Sep 25, 2012 05:04 PM

                      Wonder if they would take any of your Moon Pies in barter for some mooncakes.

                      Too bad there are no Peanut Butter Sharks Fin Moon Pies to offer up.

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        Servorg Sep 25, 2012 05:05 PM

                        What? The Durian With 1 Salted Egg isn't enough for you?

        2. re: ipsedixit
          Mr Taster Sep 25, 2012 04:43 PM

          I'd gladly take them off your hands.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster
            Will Owen Sep 25, 2012 05:02 PM

            Me too. Especially - what's the black filling? Date? Stupid good. But then I've always adored fruitcake too, ESPECIALLY the kind with the weird green chunks.

            1. re: Will Owen
              Mr Taster Sep 25, 2012 05:04 PM

              We get the added satisfaction of eating them over Skype video chat with my Taiwanese in-laws, who are entertained to no end by watching their extremely white son-in-law do Chinese things.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster
                ipsedixit Sep 25, 2012 05:08 PM

                What an indelible image!

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Mr Taster Sep 25, 2012 05:13 PM

                  After years of speaking (with moderate degrees of success) I'm finally learning to read and write Mandarin, and they love watching my hands write the characters. It's really very sweet.

                  Mr Taster
                  aka 鍾亞當

                  1. re: Mr Taster
                    TonyC Sep 25, 2012 05:24 PM

                    Sweet yes, but date moon cakes are still damn gross.

                    Moon cakes are gross in general, akin to honey cakes during Rosh and fruit cakes during Xmas.

                    1. re: TonyC
                      Will Owen Sep 25, 2012 05:29 PM

                      Three of my favorite things there, TonyC! I'll give you my address and you can ship me all you get. Especially date!

                      1. re: Will Owen
                        TonyC Sep 26, 2012 11:39 AM

                        And so it begins, moon cakes are being unloaded by every conceivable vendor/partner.

                        Btw Will, if any of your kids (or yourself) are preparing for tests, don't eat the moon cakes with the duck egg yolks.

                        1. re: TonyC
                          ipsedixit Sep 26, 2012 03:56 PM

                          The only redeeming quality for those mooncakes with salted duck eggs is that you can scoop out the duck eggs and save them later for congee or mantou. Otherwise, they're just expensive paper weights.

                          1. re: TonyC
                            JThur01 Sep 27, 2012 05:11 PM

                            What kind of tests? Physical or mental? Are you implying duck egg yolks makes ya stoopid?

            2. re: ipsedixit
              catbert Sep 28, 2012 10:07 PM

              omg! so want!!! i sampled their moon cakes the other week and have been craving them ever since

            3. r
              rinkatink888 Sep 27, 2012 05:08 PM

              We get our moon cakes at Kee Wah. Not sure if they are made here in the US and yes, they are a bit more expensive, but we love their white bean paste with four yolks.

              1. c
                catbert Sep 28, 2012 10:14 PM

                i get my moon cakes from van's bakery. albeit, that is vietnamese, but they do make some chinese style ones. the only thing i hate about them is the ingredient lists aren't correct (if they say it has no nuts, then why do they list it?) and some of the workers have no clue what they're selling.

                i also had in the past i fu tang (not bad). recently i had 85C, which i commented above is "so want more" for me.

                i actually really like moon cakes but i haven't had the time to go searching and be adventurous this year. i'm on basic standby, so if anyone knows anything notable, please tell.

                4 Replies
                1. re: catbert
                  Feed_me Sep 29, 2012 01:20 AM

                  As somebody completely ignorant about moon cakes, I did find this bit on KPCC interesting. http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/09/28/3...

                  1. re: Feed_me
                    MonsieurKnowItAll Sep 30, 2012 03:20 PM

                    You are fortunate to not know that taste of moon cakes.

                    Throughout Asia, the demand for moon cakes when it’s not mid-autumn is nonexistent. Anyone who says they enjoy these “delicacies” should be punished by eating the whole thing.

                    1. re: MonsieurKnowItAll
                      Mr Taster Sep 30, 2012 05:41 PM

                      Please moderate the hyperbole. Although historically moon cakes were only available in Taiwan during mid-autumn festival, currently they are available year-round, which would indicate at least some demand.

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: MonsieurKnowItAll
                        catbert Sep 30, 2012 09:36 PM

                        perhaps you should try eating the ones i get, because i quite like them.

                        as mr. taster said, there are some varieties made year round and guess what? yup! i buy em because i like em. btw, i eat the whole thing, including the crumbs. so i guess, i don't really mind your idea of punishment.

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