Let them eat moon cakes

EVERY year Rowena Thai serves up hundreds of moon cakes to hungry revellers a month before the Moon Festival.

The sweet and savoury treats are considered one of the traditional foods of the event.

As the manager of A One Cake Shop in Cabramatta, Mrs Thai has been practising the traditional craft since 1997.

And she always looks forward to this time of year.

"I love moon cakes and every year when we make them I eat so much and it's never enough for me," she said.

The treat comes in various flavours and is generally made from sugar, sesame, walnut and egg yolk.

Assortment of flavours include lotus paste, black bean, red bean, taro, green tea, coconut, mixed nuts and dry meat with bacon.

The moon cake symbolises the significance of the family circle and is consequently shared with members of the family. The gift is often presented to elders as a sign of respect.

Being part of this experience is exactly what Mrs Thai enjoys most about her job.

"Moon cakes are a sign of respect and prosperity," she said.

"So it's a nice excuse to give it to family and eat the moon cakes with some tea under the full moon. It reminds us of traditions and family values."

Traditionally, the flaked pastry is also filled with a yellow egg yolk inside to represent the full moon.

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