Festive seasons in 2022 have been taking on an extra-sweet flavour, as Malaysians savour the chance to reunite and celebrate with family and friends after two years of pandemic-related lockdowns. The upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival is yet another one everyone is looking forward to eagerly – always fun with the family gatherings, brightly-lit lanterns in a myriad of designs, and of course, the variety of mooncakes which signify the tradition of family reunions and unity.
In Malaysia, mooncakes have gone from traditional lotus seed and red bean-filled ones to today becoming culinary works of art, with traditional flavours served alongside more exotic fillings like cheese, chocolate, matcha, coffee, and a myriad of nuts and dried fruit.
Bake With Yen, the nation’s largest baking supplies network, is helping bakers come up with even more interesting and innovative mooncakes this Mid-Autumn Festival, with its range of mooncake making essentials which include easy-to-use premixes, a variety of interesting fillings, and a special collection of packaging items.
BWY Group Chief Executive Officer Alexandre Rosso said, “At Bake With Yen, we believe that baking should be easy, affordable and enjoyable. Our three Mooncake premixes – the Traditional, Shanghai and Snowskin variants – are testament to that; they provide bakers with a fast yet tasty solution to making these traditional favourites. Our mooncake premixes and ready-to-use fillings make it easy for someone who is just starting on their mooncake baking journey, and convenient for professional bakers who are looking to innovate a basic recipe and elevate the flavours with a signature twist.
In conjunction with the lead up to the Mid-Autumn festival, the retailer is also holding a series of mini workshops to help spread interesting insights into what makes the season special.
Speaking to members of the media at one such workshop today was Dr Florence Kuek, from the Chinese Studies Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya and a committee member of the Association of Writers Association of Chinese Medium in Malaysia, who shared interesting insights around the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the traditions around making and sharing mooncakes, mooncake gifting etiquette as well as some of the myths, legends, song and poems around the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The workshop also featured mooncake making skills training and demonstrations using a variety of different fillings, so that participants could learn to make simple mooncakes that they could share with family and friends. These workshops are part of Bake With Yen’s efforts to help promote baking as an essential life skill while educating the public on the cultures and traditions of the food enjoyed by Malaysians.