Xian Crystal Mooncake

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Dec 11th, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Xian Crystal Mooncake

We're back already about a month from our China trip which supposedly we took so we can cross the country out of our bucket list. We did not expect to love the trip... yes, smog was everywhere so as spitting, hacking and the most unsanitary conditions we have seen and experienced. But, China is full of amazing history , sites and contrasts. You could be in ancient site one minute and not too far will be the most modern building. The only things constant are constructions and changes. And the food, wow! We must have tried at least 6 different cuisines with Xian foods, being our favorite. The Muslim quarter of Xian is truly a food mecca with explosion of unique flavors. And I am obsessed with the Xian crystal mooncake... I thought it could very well be compared to the best Parisian pastry! It's made of a very flaky pastry with various fillings like crushed walnut, yellow bean paste, sesame seed paste and essence of rose. Does anyone know if and where I can get this in NYC?
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Dec 11th, 2013, 02:18 PM
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Nina:

Glad you enjoyed your trip despite the smog and other conditions. Check out NYC Chinatown and Flushing in the Chinese bakeries for mooncakes, it's a seasonal pastry made in fall and families get together and enjoy it with tea at the mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Personally I like the ones with salted duck egg yolks.
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Dec 11th, 2013, 02:23 PM
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By the way, I posted photos of Huangshan.
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Dec 11th, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Thanks, Shanghainese... yes, I did check couple of weeks ago but did not find anything comparable to Xian's. I think I need to go back and yes, once you've tried Jia Jia XLB, you'll be spoiled for life. It can easily beat Nan Xiang Dumpling House (Flushing), Shanghai Cafe (Chinatown, NYC) and Din Tai Fung (LA). Again, yes I totally agree with you that once you've eaten Yangchen Lake hairy crabs, the rest will be blah! Wow, love your Huangshan pics. When we were planning our trip, I thought about doing a side trip to Huangshan and Anhui (from Shanghai) but the sked was just too tight and we just decided to go to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang as both are nearer.
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Dec 15th, 2013, 11:15 PM
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great, it is very delicious, I like this mooncake, colorful mooncake,but it is hard to find the selling on the internet. Maybe you can do it by yourself or go back to china to buy it
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Dec 16th, 2013, 10:04 AM
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http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Moon-Cakes

It is not easy to make good ones yourself.

Harry: I posted my Huangshan photos, I'll top it for you.
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Dec 20th, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Thanks, Shanghainese but the unforgettable Xian CRYSTAL Mooncakes that we had had very flaky dough similar to a puff pastry but not that puffy and layers are very, very thin. I still dream about them, hahaha. The hunt is still on! Another sweet from Xian is the persimmon cake which I already tried making; of course, not as good, but similar.
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Dec 22nd, 2013, 07:37 AM
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Nina: I am impressed. Pastries in China are usualy store-bought as most homes do not have ovens for baking.
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