Every Mid-Autumn Festival, the streets of Hanoi are bustling with bakeries and cakes with a variety of designs and types. Every year, people create a new type of cake with a new type of filling, listening to the ears and complexity, the decoration is also extremely sophisticated and eye-catching, but the traditional line of moon cakes with white pumpkin jam filling greasy, fat melon seeds, sweet fat dotted with a little cool lemon leaves… still have an irreplaceable place in the hearts of Hanoi people.
Modern life introduces many culinary styles, mooncakes are therefore also transformed into many versions, some are made from jelly jelly; There are varieties of Taiwanese pineapple cakes, some are clearly “adapted” from Japanese Namagashi cakes…
But no matter how many new and different flavors modern mooncakes have, the taste of traditional Hanoi mooncakes still has a strong place in the hearts of foodies, because simply, Autumn is the season of memories, and everything related to the old story, the old people make people nostalgic and nostalgic to find it.
In Hanoi, there are many shops selling heirloom mooncakes, keeping the traditional flavor, but the most famous are only “four pillars”: Bao Phuong in Thuy Khue, Ba Dan cake – Hang Be, Phuong Soat cake – Hang Mat and cake Ninh Huong – Hang Dieu. These bakeries are all located on small streets, bearing the rustic and simple look of the old town “traders” who have been established for a long time.
Every August moon season, no matter how busy people are, passing these bakeries, they must be startled to remember: “Oh, the full moon is coming!” because of the long line of people waiting to buy cakes, or because the attractive and greasy aroma of freshly baked cakes keeps on blowing in the wind.
Like many other Hanoi specialties, the traditional moon cake is also an “addictive” culinary taste, so every appointment, the flow of people, even though “dragons and snakes go up to the clouds” waiting to buy cakes, but everyone is happy. patiently, and then rejoice when holding the cake box in hand to leave. Perhaps the pleasure of enjoying delicious cakes also partly stems from the excitement and waiting when buying cakes.
All of them make cakes according to the manual method and faithful to the traditional taste, but each famous moon cake shop in Hanoi has a different heirloom secret to make a difference. Like Bao Phuong cake, it has a well-baked crust to create a special aroma; and Ba Dan cake makes the brand by harmony, not too sweet, not too fat; Phuong Soat cake, in addition to its delicious taste, also has a beautiful shape, including Vong Nguyet carp cakes, pig cakes…; while Ninh Huong cake is impressed by the lotus seed cake line with the smoothness in the filling and the ethereal and gentle fragrance of the lotus being preserved…