It is still a little early for mooncakes (Its in the 8th Lunar Month while we’re presently only partway through the 6th) but in this fast paced world, it is never too early for celebrations. The Mooncake festival is one such upcoming celebration and here’s something that brought back all my nostalgic memories of childhood.
Ahh! What I call the “Pig in the Basket”
Does this bring back any memories for those of you who might be familiar with this?
These are essentially the leftover dough used for making the skin of the traditional baked mooncakes. It usually has no filling. The dough is rolled out into lengths, baked and then placed inside colourful plastic baskets. Its these colourful baskets, hanging from the traditional confectionery stalls or shops, that attracted us kids more than the contents
When I was younger, there was no shape or design to the dough. It was just literally a long piece of baked good that has the texture of a slightly sweet soft biscuit. These days however, they are made in the shape of a little piglet or sometimes, a fish. The more authentic looking ones even have black beans for little beady eyes.
My dad would buy me these pigs in a basket for a treat and I still buy them now and again for old times sake, whenever the mooncake festival comes around. I got these for about RM1 each. As a kid, they used to be 50 sen so I guess inflation hasn’t hit that hard
Raise your hands if you remember these or still buy them whether for yourself or for your kids
Enjoy the weekend!
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