I just received a tin box of Chinese mooncakes to celebrate the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival this year falls on the 22nd day of September, when the moon is at its fullest. This customary tradition of moon worship, dating back to the Zhou Dynasty (1066 B.C.-221 B.C.), is observed by Chinese communities all across the globe.
There are numerous variants of mooncakes. What I have is bean paste with salted duck egg. My favorite is lotus seed paste with egg and mixed nuts. Prices of mooncakes depend on the filling. They could go up as high as a few thousand pesos for each box of 4s.
In Manila, there are mooncake specialty stores that sell mooncakes all year round. Far Eastern Mooncakes along Gandara St. in Binondo is one.
In Ilocos, mooncakes can be found at Chow King restaurants and at the Fort Ilocandia during the Mooncake Festival season. The mooncakes at the Fort are imported from Hong Kong, quite pricey but with better quality.
A cup of tea with this Chinese special cake is best.