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19.09.2013 | 八月十五

[Volume 8 Issue 9, #1790]
今日係農曆八月十五呀, 即係大家所熟悉嘅中秋節, 喺度先祝大家中秋節快樂!! 中秋節, 大家食咗月餅未?? 寫呢一篇post嘅時候, 就啱啱食咗四分之一個上海月餅, 人家分俾我食嘅.. 老實講, 每一年啲商家推出新口味月餅, 而且包裝有精美到不能, 我都覺得很有趣.. 但係我都好耐冇自己買月餅喇, 因為我覺得月餅一年貴過一年.. 十幾蚊買一個月餅我開始覺得肉赤, 而且我又唔係好恨食月餅囉, 所以都係等人請我食好, 呵呵!! 其實整一個月餅, 成本好低啫(有朋友話兩蚊內做得到), 出面賣十幾蚊一個, 簡直就係一頸血啦.. 梗係啦, 一年流流長得呢一個月可以做到你生意, 啲商家仲唔乘勝追擊咩?? 所以話, 係時候學下自己做月餅喇, 除咗可以同自己慳返一筆之外, 仲有可能趁機賺返一筆添喎!! :p
today is the 15th day of the eighth month in the chinese calendar, which is the mid-autumn festival (or mooncake festival which may be more widely known), let me first wish everyone a happy mid-autumn festival!! so it's the mooncake festival and have you eaten any already?? while i was writing this post, i just had a piece which is a quarter of a shanghainese mooncake, shared out by a somebody.. actually i find it exciting to see mooncakes of different new (and creative) flavors being marketed, as well as the ever stunning packaging.. however i have not bought mooncake myself for quite some time, as i realized they are getting more expensive each year.. i started to be so unwilling to fork out 10-over ringgit just to get one, plus i don't really fancy eating mooncake, so nothing's better than to wait to be treated huh?? hehe.. actually the cost to make a mooncake is cheap (a friend said it can be done under RM2), compared to those selling over RM10 a piece in the market, they really are rewarding with high profit right?? of course, there will only be businesses in this month for a one whole year, definitely merchants will never miss this opportunity.. hence, it's really time to learn to make your own mooncake, other than saving a lot for yourself, probably you can also earn a lot of extra income too!! :p
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  1. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you and all your readers!

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    1. Is that you I see in the moon? :D

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    2. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival , Arthur.

      Going to have moonkek as breakfast? Yummy...

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    3. STP has such sharp eyesight that he could see somebody in the moon?? haha, i just saw one building and nothing else..

      wow, mooncake for breakfast?? haha, cannot lah, i only eat the most two pieces at a time~~ :D

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    4. Hey I saw something in the moon!!!

      I saw Thambee and Melissa playing catch-butterflies in the huge sprawling gardens while STP stood by the pagoda's top balcony gazing down happily while eating kompia!!! Muahahahaha what a perfect Mid Autumn picture!

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    5. muahaha, Anay must have left his "old flower" specs in the toilet together with his iPad when he went bangsai just now~~ put it on and see clearly, those were kukubird and fui-fui~~

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  2. RM10 only? Here, the ones from the peninsula...no less than RM18-20 or more. Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Thank goodness I received sooooo many from generous family members and friends - can't afford to buy any myself. Now I have lots - can feast on them liao. Come, jemput makan!!! Muahahahahaha!!!!!

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    2. STP, u receive so many, u never share with all of us, wkakakakakaka.....

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    3. Hmmm...why not you try making mooncakes next year. Letchumi made some and gave me . They are delicious. Even Anay helped her with the dough.

      @Sharon....who says STP tarak share with us? you tarak read his post? he shares the photos with us la LOL.....

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    4. I find it so hard to believe that the moon cakes are so expensive in the East Malaysia. Don't they make their own??? They can make Kompia so well, I am sure they can easily make moon cakes ala Borneo flavours!

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    5. Mooncakes have to take aeroplane over leh. hence pricer lo. Hmm wondering if Payung Cafe going to come up with their own mooncakes or not

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    6. Yes, they do make their own here, Twilight Man - one place as nice as the peninsula ones or maybe even nicer...but they cash in on the trend lah. Not cheap also...last year around RM12, this year I did not bother to go and see anymore, far...the other side of town.

      Other old-school ones, not so nice...also around RM10. Not worth the calories...an dthe money.

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    7. You see today's post in my blog, smallkucing...one piece only RM2.50-3.00 only and very very very nice! Made-to-order...if I go KL again, I order, give to you some.

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    8. @Small Kucing, STP share the photos, but we can't eat, kaka...

      Maybe got to go Sibu, then get to eat it, kakakaka...

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    9. nah, i said more than RM10 a piece, that's really not worth to spend the money.. wow, all the way from Peninsular to Sarawak and selling like 30-40% more expensive?? really making good profit..

      yeah, next year STP Anay and Meow must make your own mooncake and then give them to Thambee!! muahahaha, i don't need a lot, just one will do cos i don't really fancy eating mooncake afterall~~ :D

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    10. Next year am going to bodek from anay lo...

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    11. yalor, i guess next year will be even better after rounds of practices.. :)

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    12. You wanna hear something silly? I plan to buy many kilos of Lotus seeds from Chengdu so that my mooncake cost might drop to 50 sen satu biji!!! Muahahahaha

      I told wife to practice more to perfect it although many have given their thumbs up. Some might not be sincere, we dunno but I ate them and thought it was nice and fresh smelling. Home made ones cannot last so long like commercial ones unless we keep them in the cold fridge.

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    13. haiyoh, all the way to bring them from chengdu?? probably that would be even more expensive dei, and can you be sure those from chengdu are genuine lotus seeds and not chemicals?? muahaha.. just kidding!! whatever Anay and Letchumy will be doing for Thambee (hint!! hint!!), Thambee will sure like and give very frank feedback dei.. :)

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    1. Happy Mid Autumn Festival to you...

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    2. Nowadays the mooncake sold outside is not cheap...

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    3. Saw your FB, Sharon. I thought you made the moon cakes. Looks nice. Your friend gave you thouse ka? Maybe next year you will be making too? send some over ya . Thank you in advance ya :P *face as thick as China Great Wall*

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    4. No, i didn't make the mooncakes, hehe...

      Ya, friend make it, hehe...

      Lazy to make it, as have to buy the ingredients, etc and then make it...

      hahaha....

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    5. yeah, that is what i am trying to say in the post, so expensive that i think rather not worth to spend the money.. haha, if Sharon can make her own mooncakes, i am sure she is generous enough to courier them to us right?? hehe~~ :D

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    1. happy mid-autumn festival~~ :)

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  5. Happy Mooncake Festival to you, SK!!

    Making own mooncakes also can be costly... see ah... buy ingredients banyak banyak.. then electricity... then surely will go pai kai fong.. (distribute to all the brothers, sisters, aunties, grannies and not forgetting friends like SK too!) So rugi or not? Might as well fork out RM10.. buy one and then eat slowly.... hahahhaaa...

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    1. Hahahha.....eh...Twilight man says not costly wor. His wife made some.

      Previous years i thought wanna make but I bought ingredients from bakery supplies shop. very mahal. :( the lotus already rm30 for 500gm or what....adui...can only make 4-5 mooncake only i think.

      Must ask Twilight Man where he buy the ingredient. Maybe if next year have "wind" then will try making. You be my white mice or not?

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    2. The only tough part is that a real traditional moon cake needs 3 days to finish and no short cuts. They just need to follow the "processing time" to get the maximum flavours. Maybe that made the labour costs escalate.

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    3. labour cost also must count.

      which probably escalate the price up apart from consumers paying for fancy boxes. :-)

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    4. haha, maybe Claire got a lot of friends and relatives who give her mooncakes, so she must give back in return.. to me, nah, i will just bake a few for myself just for the sake of having mooncakes on the mooncake festival day~~ :D

      yeah, Anay must share with us how Letchumi can make a mooncake at the cost of RM2.. write a post about it, tell us the recipe as well as the cost!! and right, i think we are paying for the expensive subsidized petrol, the fancy packaging and escalating labour cost at least 50% of the mooncake price??

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    5. Whoaaa! How to write??? @scratching my heads@... I am not a good food blogger la.

      All I know is that all the colourful and innovative moon cake boxes and tins are imported from China. Nobody here could make them so perfect and pretty in Malaysia as our labour costs are too high. If they make the boxes locally, our moon cakes might cost RM30 satu biji!!! All pengsan!

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    6. haiyoh, just the recipe and steps lah.. if don't know how to write, then do a vlog dei.. straight forward and clear to the point!! with that, Anay and Letchumy have the opportunity to wear nicely and makeup nicely and suit the hair nicely and appear on youtube.. dei, the next Justin Bieber in the making!! :D

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  6. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival SK and everyone who celebrates this fun festival.

    What do they do with the unsold mooncakes, I sometimes wonder. Give away to the employees maybe?

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    1. Not giveaway to employee. They sell to employee at a lower price`. One of my neighbour was working in the mooncakes factory/ Saw her buy a lot previous years.

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    2. yeah, this is a good answer and i always ask myself.. not only the mooncakes but for all the other consumables we see daily in supermarkets.. do the employees really want to buy them?? working in the same company, see also jelak already right?? haha~~ :p

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  7. Happy Mid-Autumn Ah Boy and everyone!

    Am spamming from Old Town kopitiam and kaldip swatting flies. so many lalats here. adui.........

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    1. Old Town? Double thumbs down!!!

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    2. Happy Mid-Autumn to Meow and Kaldip and Small Kucing!! wow, so did you bring a piece of mooncake to Old Town to go with a cup of coffee?? :p

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  8. Vanakum! Happy 中秋節. Agree the cost is very low starting with RM2 add over head, add workmanship, add plastic wrapping, add plastic knife, add box, add advertisement fee oblada obladi you get more than RM10 per piece.

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    1. yeah, and not forgetting the ever expensive subsidized petrol for the logistics.. ah, chain reaction from that and probably we are already paying more than 50% for the non-ingredients costs of a mooncake..

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  9. The more you see on TV or badnewspaper or mags the more price will be. Branding and marketing more or less jacked up the price.

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    1. yes, very true!! that is why, just buy those plain lotus or red bean paste mooncakes from roadside stalls~~ :D

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  10. Good morning all bloggers and Ah Boy SK! I saw that Heavenly Chinese palace in the misty moon! Now I know that they are all real and still exists in the mountains of China. Long ago, I thought they were mere drawings of Chinese brush strokes creating legendary pictures. No, they are real and I am glad to see these beautiful architectures with my own eyes!

    Maybe next year, I should ask my wife to make moon cakes packed in my own boxes using photos snapped from Huashan and Jiuhuashan mountains! That would be my signature products.

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    1. oh really?? but why Anay didn't share such beautiful photos with us?? i still think not really as legendary as the paintings, though i would imagine the moon to be a lot smaller and hanging on top of those structures, rather than the huge moon as the background behind the structures right??

      yeah, do it!! next round you bake any cake, print a nice box and give it to me, hehehehe!! anything from scenery to minions~~ :D

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  11. Its more of individual on spending. Some said a cup of coffee in mamak stall less than RM2 and taste so nice why spent more than RM10 in those Setapak Cafes? To some who don't drink coffee said 'aiya a bottle of mineral water cost less than RM1 why spent more $. Since you don't really fancy eating mooncake give you free also you may not want to eat what more to pay RM10. Once a year ching cai loh don't kira too much. You merely used up less than 3 sen per day no damage bro. haha

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    1. yalah, that's because i don't really fancy eating mooncakes, but give me for free i will be very happy to accept dei.. yeah, just like you said, it's individual lah, so you are most welcome to buy those expensive mooncakes and then give them to me as presents!! hehe, deal?? BTW, got Banana flavored mooncake?? :p

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    2. Wakakakaka!!! Banana flavoured moon cakes!!!! That's funny dei. I think the taste and smell might be acceptable since people love to eat banana cakes!! Even Durian Musang King moon cakes have flooded the market this year and it costs a bomb. Tell you my secrets, I am asking Letchumy to make durian moon cakes as practice. I would love them!!!!! Yummy!

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    3. nothing is impossible when it comes to mooncake.. the bakeries are always so creative and innovative, but was there banana flavored mooncake before?? or they have not given it a thought?? maybe banana strawberry shake flavor mooncake?? hey, that's a nice idea dei, Anay can experiment with Letchumy at home huh?? forget about durians lah~~ :D

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  12. The mooncakes start being on sale earlier & earlier too, apart from the price getting higher and higher.

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    1. haha, i guess already starting to give discounts since last week?? maybe tomorrow all will be 50% off.. good time to stock in if you like mooncakes.. and i think the nuts one sure lagi murah Lina~~ :D

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  13. Now...

    Where's my manners?

    Happy mid autumn & mooncake festival. :-)

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    1. Happy Mid-Autumn & Mooncake Festival to Lina and family too, though you don't really celebrate but you eat a lot of mooncakes i guess :D

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  14. I ate like 3 (only one was mixed nut... So sad for me LOL) and jelak already.

    Hubby loves them so he'll finish up whatever mooncakes left at home that I brought back. :-D

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    1. aiyoh, that's a lot dei compared to me here.. i ate 2 pieces of 1/8 of mooncake to date only, hahaha!! cannot eat much, too sweet and get jelak easily lah..

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  15. Happy Mooncake Festival, SK and all! Today is the most auspicious day of the month in the Chinese calendar.

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    1. I don't buy mooncakes too as we do receive some from our salespeople. But the boss bought a lot to be given as gift.

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    2. It's really expensive so the boss has even cut down on the number of people that he wanted to give.

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    3. I saw a video on mooncake making and it is rather easy. I might try it if I have the time.

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    4. you are running your own business, sure you get a lot from your business partners, but also you have to give some to them.. yeah, they are getting more and more expensive, and i am sure many businesses are trying to cut down on this.. oh, looking forward to seeing your self-bake mooncake~~ :)

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  16. Good afternoon SK and guys!

    Happy mid autumn festival everyone! Will go Taiping lake garden to celebrate today!

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    1. Speaking about mooncake, you know I used to love mooncakes! I even made my own jelly mooncakes (prefer to make this type rather than the conventional ones cause it's easier) few years ago.
      But recently I realize I don't really fancy mooncake anymore... >.<

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    2. Just had a bite on sesame mooncake yesterday and I instantly feel 'jelak' already, LOL!
      But I did had a Shanghai mooncake last week, courtesy by my yoga instructor.

      Don't know what happen to my taste bud already~

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    3. I think these days punya mooncake is expensive, and too sweet to my liking.
      But I won't mind to try ice cream mooncake la! Like the Haagen Dazs one!!

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    4. And there are so many competitors these days, all the brands must think of creative and attractive mooncakes in order to do a good business.

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    5. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you too Hayley, hope you had a great time at Taiping Lake Garden.. haha, i think same case here.. last time i can eat quite a lot of mooncake at once, but now eat like a quarter already feel very jelak.. good also lah, means i don't have to fork out too much to get those expensive mooncakes.. i think as we get older, perhaps we tend to like sweet things less?? good for health, not a bad thing.. :)

      hey, you should start again to make your own jelly mooncake lah, with this you can control the sweetness so sure can suit your own taste.. ice cream mooncakes?? wow, even more expensive, haha!!

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  17. Happy belated Mid Autumn Festival to you, SK. I don't really fancy mooncakes cos it is too sweet for me.

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    1. yeah, last time i could eat a lot of mooncakes but now old already and think they are too sweet, hahaha!! :D

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  18. They say the moon is the roundest on the lunar 15th this year, other years it will be roundest on 16th or 17th.

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    1. oh really?? that's interesting, i thought it's always roundest on 15th.. :p

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  19. 月餅當然要食免費嘅。要自己畀錢買就免啦。

    至於啲乜乜口味我統統唔會食,始終鍾情於雙簧白蓮蓉!

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    1. 我咩口味都可以試嘅, 不過有蛋黃嘅我就唔喜歡囉~~

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  20. Sk, good reminder, my next resolution is to make mooncake myself. The first mooncake that i am going to make is Snow Skin mooncake. I swear I must learn to make moon cake 2 months before mooncake festival in 2014.

    I agree with you 100%, mooncake is too expensive to buy now. I must learn to make my own mooncake like our letchumy.

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    1. yes, pick up your baking mojo and start to learn to bake your own mooncake.. i guess your two girls will be very interested to help too.. hmmm, have you got in mind what flavor you want to make first?? haha.. maybe your signature batek mooncake?? what a crazy idea, but what's impossible when it comes to mooncake huh?? :p

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