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HK-made or local-made mooncakes?

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tkddad wrote:
Sep 5th, 2008 3:22 pm
Some were caught with hidden camera to have salvaged the
yolks of unsold mooncakes, freezed them and used them for
the following year.
Worse was I saw one hidden camera show that showed a dumpling shop soak cardboard (all types ones with wax, etc) in some chemical to make it mushy. They would grind that up and mix some meat (I think it was 30% pork, 70% cardboard) and use that as stuffing for dumplings.
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Kranberry wrote:
Sep 5th, 2008 3:42 pm
Worse was I saw one hidden camera show that showed a dumpling shop soak cardboard (all types ones with wax, etc) in some chemical to make it mushy. They would grind that up and mix some meat (I think it was 30% pork, 70% cardboard) and use that as stuffing for dumplings.
I've seen the one where they soaked used disaposable chopsticks in chemical to soften it then soaked it in vinegar and other seasoning to become preserved vegetable! gross!!!
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Kranberry wrote:
Sep 5th, 2008 3:42 pm
Worse was I saw one hidden camera show that showed a dumpling shop soak cardboard (all types ones with wax, etc) in some chemical to make it mushy. They would grind that up and mix some meat (I think it was 30% pork, 70% cardboard) and use that as stuffing for dumplings.
That one was proven to have been faked.

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNe ... 9620070719
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tet8suo wrote:
Sep 5th, 2008 12:43 pm
Costco is selling mooncakes too, $11 for a box of 4, made in Macau.
If you read the box closely, it is made in China, but perhaps packed in Macau.
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jjtsl wrote:
Sep 6th, 2008 6:10 pm
If you read the box closely, it is made in China, but perhaps packed in Macau.
actually..cos the name is called "Macau....something"......but they are made in China
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I was browsing around T&T tonight, and was looking at the T&T Bakery boxes - very pretty - large and mini ones. Had already put a box into my basket, when the store packer comes out. She was putting the loose ones also says T&T Bakery, address is T&T in BC, on the shelves. I check out the big box she's unpacking from and it says "product of China", so I wonder if any are actually being made by T&T in Canada.

Anyhow I picked up a box made in Taiwan by Hunya. Hope they're edible!
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Haha yeh i bought a single lotus mooncake from T&T for like $7... expensive. :|
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artsreview wrote:
Sep 4th, 2008 3:16 pm
Come on man, a once-a-year treat and you want to cheap out?? Get the Wing Wah! Enjoy yourself! Or buy some lotus paste, mix egg yellow and have it with paranthas. Save your money, as the guy with the accent says.
I never really liked Chinese pastries, or Chinese desserts for that matter. I find them bland in comparison to french/european pastries.

Moon cakes taste more like a meal than a dessert.

But that's my opinion.
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Sep 4th, 2008 2:59 pm
lately... 10 ppl have died from CANADIAN produced food (see maple leaf).
0 people have died from Made in China food...
Bahhahahhahahwhwhwhhw.. are you even serious?

The difference is here in Canada, they would have a recall.
In China, they would just keep on selling everything, safe or not.

I trust HK or Taiwan, but I try to avoid MadeInChina food stuff.
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From what I know, the Ambassador Group (like Tin Po Kok, City Inn, Chung Chow "Spring Autumn") makes their Mooncake locally in GTA, it says on their box "no preservatives". I have a box at home, no little packets of perservatives found.

And your mooncakes are made in China. But here's the scary part: Those pre-packaged (ie Wing Wah, Mei Sum, etc) mooncakes are done at least 6 mths ago. The logistics: takes 1 mth to manufacture them, 1 mth stored at their storage while waiting for shipment, 60-90 days shipment lead time. And for those in GTA, these are stored in the GVA storage for another 1-2 weeks until a truck will drive them over to GTA, and yes, this takes about 3-7 days AGAIN. And that's not all, it sits at room temperature at your local retail store until you take it home.

That little package of perservatives really has a purpose!~
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Sep 9th, 2008 2:54 pm
From what I know, the Ambassador Group (like Tin Po Kok, City Inn, Chung Chow "Spring Autumn") makes their Mooncake locally in GTA, it says on their box "no preservatives". I have a box at home, no little packets of perservatives found.

And your mooncakes are made in China. But here's the scary part: Those pre-packaged (ie Wing Wah, Mei Sum, etc) mooncakes are done at least 6 mths ago. The logistics: takes 1 mth to manufacture them, 1 mth stored at their storage while waiting for shipment, 60-90 days shipment lead time. And for those in GTA, these are stored in the GVA storage for another 1-2 weeks until a truck will drive them over to GTA, and yes, this takes about 3-7 days AGAIN. And that's not all, it sits at room temperature at your local retail store until you take it home.

That little package of perservatives really has a purpose!~
Aren't the preservatives in the ingredients of the cake and not outside?
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rdtx2002 wrote:
Sep 4th, 2008 2:38 pm
:confused: :confused:

aren't you being a tad too paranoid?
not really...buying a clothing made in china is one thing, having relatives operate restaurants in china and the stories of counterfeit salt, flour with chemicals is enough to scare me off and avoid them when possible
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SiuBun wrote:
Sep 9th, 2008 2:54 pm
From what I know, the Ambassador Group (like Tin Po Kok, City Inn, Chung Chow "Spring Autumn") makes their Mooncake locally in GTA, it says on their box "no preservatives". I have a box at home, no little packets of perservatives found.

And your mooncakes are made in China. But here's the scary part: Those pre-packaged (ie Wing Wah, Mei Sum, etc) mooncakes are done at least 6 mths ago. The logistics: takes 1 mth to manufacture them, 1 mth stored at their storage while waiting for shipment, 60-90 days shipment lead time. And for those in GTA, these are stored in the GVA storage for another 1-2 weeks until a truck will drive them over to GTA, and yes, this takes about 3-7 days AGAIN. And that's not all, it sits at room temperature at your local retail store until you take it home.

That little package of perservatives really has a purpose!~

No perservatives means they do not add perservative in the mooncake during the production ...external pkgs doesn't count
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I personally think that, if you want something inexpensive, usually local bakeries or restaurants would sell their own brand at good prices. If you want to try something that, IMO, tastes better or have that "traditional taste", stick with the big brand names (ie- Maxim Bakery, Yue Heung, etc). You can get those at any asian supermarkets.

My tip is, if you wait till friday, you can actually get the big brands at discounted prices. Even today, there are already some that have a $5 off deal or buy 1 get 1 free.

Has anyone noticed that this year, there seems to be more emphasis on packaging? The tin boxes this year look much more elaborate than prior years, and there seems to be more incentives when you buy one (ie- free gift bag, free small mooncake, etc)
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if you want to try a different kind of mooncake besides your traditional ones, you could always go to Tenrens Tea Shop and get their green tea mooncakes. I had it last year and it was amazing =]
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