Mooncake with Chinese ham (kim thooi)

Mooncakes are so expensive nowadays.  One piece costs almost RM10 per piece.  At this price, one can only nibble on it, right?  Anyway, I only eat one type of mooncake and it is the traditional nuts and Chinese ham variety.

I bought two mooncakes yesterday.  One with the regular lotus paste with salted duck eggs.  They are all freshly out of the oven from a old, old dim sum place in Campbell Street – Tho Yuen.

I do not like salted eggs in mooncake ‘cos together with the lotus paste and the egg yolk, it ‘glued’ up my mouth till hard to swallow.  :)  Ignore me, I just don’t like mooncakes.

I wonder what is written on the mooncake?  The description of what is inside or some good wishes?

This is the most non-halal mooncake.  It contains lots of ingredients such as almond, walnut, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, candied winter melon, orange peel, kaffir lime leaves, lard that oozes so much fat, Chinese ham and maltose, I think.  I like it because I enjoyed picking out the nuts, pieces by pieces.  Most people hate such fillings in their mooncakes because of the smell of the kaffir lime leaves plus the strong smell of the Chinese almond (heng jin).  Chinese almonds smell like cockroach!  Only the mooncakes from these traditional shops still have that weird tasting and smelling stuffs.  Those from the bigger factories are milder and doesn’t taste as great.

Spare me from chocolate mooncake or durian mooncake. Ewwss…

Mooncake festival is still two weeks away but these enterprising people have begun selling mooncakes since last month.

Post Author: lilian

Used to be PenangFaces, now known as Food Haven, for all oink-oink foods

16 thoughts on “Mooncake with Chinese ham (kim thooi)


    (September 10, 2006 - 3:48 pm)

    i have seen some with hazel nut also … besides the almond … but never tasted any kafir lime leaves in it la …

    my dad eats this whole wan … never cut and share … RM10 in just a few bites …


    (September 10, 2006 - 8:06 pm)

    The writing on ur mooncake states “Golden Thigh, Cherry Blossom Garden” – that is the direct translation. It actually means, golden ham by tao yuen i.e. the name of the shop.

    Usually the left hand writing of the mooncake is the type of mooncake and the right hand is the name of the baker.


    (September 11, 2006 - 11:14 am)

    mooncake fest is on the 6th oct this year… time flies huh? i’m quite errr amazed with those new style mooncake but serious does ppl buy them??? kinda weird eating tiramisu mooncake… urrghh… call me old school haha


    (September 11, 2006 - 5:06 pm)

    my mom and sister love the mixed nuts & ham mooncakes so much .. i dun like it lol


    (September 12, 2006 - 3:22 pm)

    My favourite mooncake are those sold in markets. The thick-skinned type 🙂

    Some of the mooncakes nowadays have wafer-thin skin so much so that it is like eating a whole lump of “leng yong” or “tau sar” or “kim thui”.


    (September 12, 2006 - 4:24 pm)

    M not a fan of mooncakes as I find most fillings too sweet. But for d salted egg yolk within, gimme gimme gimme!

    Sooi Sooi

    (September 13, 2006 - 5:46 pm)

    never had the desire to try those “new age, modern” mooncake…chocolate, green tea, almond and ham?? not my taste…give me tau sar and lotus paste anytime!


    (September 14, 2006 - 4:12 pm)

    Hey, I love those. You should try tai thong’s version with dried pineapple in it. Yummy! My favourite part is when I chew on a chunk of winter melon. Heaven!!!


    (September 18, 2006 - 10:05 am)

    I’ve tried the durian mooncake (Thai people seem to like them a lot) and they are pretty good. The durian taste is not as strong as durian kuih.

    A38 Cruiser

    (September 20, 2006 - 3:21 am)

    How come mooncakes and durians are so terribly expensive in UK? I just can’t afford to sample them. Please remember poor souls like me when you wet your palate next time.


    (September 20, 2006 - 9:50 pm)

    the mooncake in the last pic looks very ‘geli’ lah.

    imo, it looks like its filled with little insects…heh ^^


    (September 24, 2006 - 8:37 am)

    Thanks for setting up such a well organised blog and awesome photos!
    I miss penang so much! can’t wait to step my foot on the island again! Although sadly, I’ll be missing the mooncake festival!
    I’d been trying to introduce my overseas friends about the food in Penang and viola,i found this wonderful blog and shown it to them.Now, all of my friends will be coming home with me to the beautiful island for a short vacation!
    To be honest, Penang’s indeed a famous island with it’s different variaty of delicious dishes even restaurants with a penang and nyonya’s theme been launched in the Big Apple a.k.a NY.
    I can’t believed that even the mooncakes had different flavour in them now! I was wondering if there’re any chances to buy the mooncakes after the festival like around november? Do you have any recommended places to get them?

    Jen L

    (September 24, 2006 - 2:36 pm)

    Hi…mooncake…i love ma mum home made moon cake as they dont have any preservetive not like others branded mooncake…they can ‘tahan’ for long time. Ma mum mooncake only can last 1 week n its fresh. Others then that she also doing jelly mooncake with lots of fruits flavors..Of course she’s selling it…Feel free to try our mooncake..u can call 0164123117 to order or try. Sorry for the advertisement ya…but ma mum mooncake really nice lo….she’s also doing diabetes mooncake.


    (October 5, 2007 - 5:55 am)

    I’ve been searching for Moon Cake recipe with dessicated coconut fillings, salted eggs and nuts. My mom had that receipt but can’t find it. If someone has this moon cake fillings I greatly appreciate if you could email it to me.

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