Friday, September 24, 2010

Mooncake mania

Not as innocent as it might look...

Mooncakes are now available in all shapes and sizes, containing everything from rice and sausages to ice cream and coconut. In other words: how good your mooncake taste is totally determined by the content… and your tastebuds, obviously!

However, one thing to be remembered is the fact that mooncakes are everything but a “small, cute and innocent snack, perfect to go with your afternoon coffee.” Over the years, a lot of newspapers around the world have written libraries of articles about what a calorie bomb a mooncake in fact is. According to an analysis by Singapore's Health Promotion Board, a baked mooncake with four egg yolks contains 975 calories and 46 grams of sugar -half the recommended daily calorie intake for an adult. Many shops have recently started to offer healthier versions though, with less salt and white sugar. But still, be aware of this before you start munching!

4 comments:

Shanghai MiFeng said...

Jonna , this Mooncake business brings back bad memories for me . Last year , I bought 6 boxes of the best Hong Kong made Mooncakes and on top of that received from my wife's Parents another four Boxes to take back home to California . Well .. arriving at LAX at the Passport stop this happens . Sir , let me see what you have in your Suitcase and Carry-on bags . This Guy opened each box one at a time and broke each of the cakes in half ( some in quarters ) and ask me .. are they made with Egg's or Meat . I gave him a look , like how do I know ? It turned out , he left me with just one box of halves and not pretty looking cakes to take with me . No need to say , they were no more Gift items . This of course got me quite pissed and 90%of this Flight were Asian People , so evrybody over here and unload them right here . they could have opened a Mooncake Store with what must have been close to a thousand boxes ( 8 in each ). Here is the kicker though . You can't bring them in yourself , but with the Post you can have as many as you want and nobody chaecks them or breaks them in half . Now this got me even more pissed now at them . The Custom rules are for Idiot's . The other thing that happened to me , was .. I like to keep the silverware they give you on the Flight ( yes Asiana gives you that .. not plastic ) for a momento of my Trip's . A Custom Guy , see's them in my Carry-on and tell me .. you can't have this Knife , but you can keep the Fork and Spoon . I go okay no problem . But on the Plane with Dinner .. here I receive another Knife to eat with . No talk about .. what is there to talk about ? I'm speachless . haha

Cleo said...

There are a lot of bad quality ones and they are not supposed to be bitten into like a regular cookie or individual serving cake. They are so dense, that only a few bites are enough so that a thin sliver on a very tiny dessert fork or two pronged pick is the traditional serving size. It's like a dab of condiment instead of an entire bowl of mustard or mayonnaise.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

If I hadn't been given a gift box of mooncakes, I wouldn't have eaten any this season. I find them loaded with calories +++ and overly priced. I love the lanterns though and would gladly join any kid in a lantern procession:))

조안나 said...

anything with that many calories must taste delicious! It makes me want to try it... maybe as a meal on its own...