One of the joys of traveling and living abroad, is the discovery of foreign lands and getting in a position to immerse my daily life in the food, individuals and traditions of a culture that is, far more frequently than not, quite unique from my personal. The younger members of the family will travel back to their hometowns for this occasion with gifts of moon cakes. Conventional moon cakes are baked with distinct fillings, the most popular becoming lotus paste. At this point in time, the moon becoming at the fullest and roundest shines on us with its utmost brilliance. I recently attempted my initial mooncake, offered to me by a Chinese expat friend in Joburg.
To combat the dry stickiness, it’s required to drink a handful of cups of hot Chinese tea along with nibbles of the cake. Kansui, jian sui in Chinese (枧水) or lye water, is an alkaline remedy produced from sodium carbonate and potassium carbonate. On the other hand, these two ingredients are very low cost and simple to obtain in China (although most Chinese men and women have never heard of them), so there is very limited literature on how to make them at property and how to use them in mooncake recipes.
Nonetheless, I wanted to share all the points I’ve learned so far, so you could apply them, even if you use a totally unique recipe in the future. Aside from the complicated cooking process and the truth that an oven is not …READ MORE