The closer to the Mid-Autumn Festival, the harder it is to buy cakes at these 4 famous mooncake shops. Even with Bao Phuong, Dong Phuong, sometimes you have to queue for a few hours.
1. Bao Phuong Mooncake, Hanoi
Bao Phuong Mooncake has been around for nearly 70 years now, through 3 generations passed down from father to son and is always the most crowded mooncake shop in Hanoi every moon season. Normally, from the beginning of August, Thuy Khue Street, section 183, 201 is always crowded to traffic jams, only people waiting in line to buy Mid-Autumn Festival.
Which is also strange, Hanoi moon cake thousands of shops, brands, and packaging are still refined, many new flavors, while Bao Phuong has for many years still put the traditional red-yellow simple packaging style, each The cake is also wrapped in a thin, hand-welded nylon layer. However, in the age of formality, many people are still willing to give up everything to buy the rustic moon cake in the old days.
Talking about seeming to go against that era, Mr. Dang, one of the heirs of the bakery told him that he was well advised by him that “Bao Phuong does not bribe customers with looks”.
Bao Phuong moon cake is a traditional cake consisting of mixed cakes, green beans and salted eggs, but the most popular is still mixed cakes. The cake is made with a crispy crust, soft, fatty filling and fragrant with the smell of dozens of delicious ingredients, with a hint of lemon leaves processed in the traditional way, making those who are nostalgic and love the taste of old cakes feel satisfied. so even though it’s crowded, you can still queue to buy it.
2. Dong Phuong Mooncake, Hai Phong
For Hai Phong people, moon cakes are not only eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, but also often used on important occasions, weddings, etc. Because they are sold all year round and are popular cakes, Hai Phong has many brands of cakes. The Mid-Autumn Festival is delicious, but when it comes to typical brands, many people will immediately think of Dong Phuong mooncakes.
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Dong Phuong Mooncakes began appearing on the market in 1950, gradually becoming the prestigious name of the port city when they wanted to buy baked goods and flexible cakes. About 5 years ago, when review groups developed, this cake suddenly became a trend, sought after in many big cities like Hanoi and Saigon. Originally a famous bakery, when it was time to queue, it was difficult to buy, when it was sold online, the number of people queuing up to buy Dong Phuong cakes increased sharply.
What makes Dong Phuong cake’s brand name is the soft, thin crust, quality, smooth, non-fluffy, and moderate sweetness. Many people said that they can’t eat mixed cakes, but eating Dong Phuong cakes can eat the whole cake. In addition to mixed cakes, Dong Phuong cakes also have salted egg cakes, some types of pureed cakes such as green beans, pandan leaves, red beans.
3. Van Hoa Lac Mooncake, Vung Tau
Van Hoa Lac Mooncake (Long Dien, Vung Tau) is also a mooncake shop of Chinese origin, so the mooncakes here are typical (thousand-layered) mooncakes. This shop has been selling since 1970, so far, 3 generations of descendants have followed the business, but still loyal to the family size, handmade and determined not to open more agents.
The attraction of Van Hoa Lac mooncakes lies in the heavy weight cakes and the amazing amount of salted eggs. Specifically at this bakery, you can buy a cake weighing up to 1.2kg and up to 14 eggs. This is probably one of the highlights that makes the shop’s moon cakes famous in some food groups.
Because it is very famous and only handmade on a family scale, Van Hoa Lac cakes are not easy to buy. Usually, by the end of July every year, the shop has stopped accepting orders to make goods in time to pay customers to welcome the Doan Vien season. If you stay in Vung Tau, you will often have to wait in line for your turn, but if you are far away and want to eat, you can only ask someone in Vung Tau to buy it for you and then transport it.
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It is so hard, but many people still try to try because they want to try Chinese-style mooncakes and the slice is filled with salted eggs. But of course, Van Hoa Lac mooncakes not only have eggs, but also have green beans, taro, fatty, flexible, fragrant seeds.
Although the most famous is the super egg cake with 14 salted eggs in a cake, but actually the shop also has cakes of 1,2, 3, 6, 10, 12 eggs for diners to choose from. Each type of customer will have a different weight and way of selling.
For example, moon cakes with 1 to 3 eggs will be sold in boxes of 4, and cakes with 6 or more eggs will be sold in odd pieces. In terms of price, Van Hoa Lac mooncakes from 600 grams to 1.5 kilograms are sold for from 270,000 to 480 thousand, not including shipping costs.
4. Mooncakes of Tieu Trieu Minh Hiep people, City. Ho Chi Minh City
Trieu Minh Hiep bakery actually sells all kinds of traditional Chinese cakes, while the moon cake mentioned is the pia cake, an indispensable cake to welcome the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Originally, Saigon has no shortage of confectionery shops, including Chinese-style cakes, but many traditional lovers still choose Trieu Minh Hiep shop to shop when the Mid-Autumn Festival arrives.
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The traditional pia cake or moon cake of the Tieu people has different characteristics from the moon cake of the Vietnamese people, it must be eaten while it is still hot. Therefore, every day Trieu Minh Hiep shop only makes a certain number of pia cakes. Usually in the morning the shop makes 80 pieces, enough to divide 20 boxes, if noon sells out, they will make another batch. The quantity is small, so the cakes are often sold out quickly, especially in the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Each moon cake of the shop weighs about 200 grams, the skin is porous (thousand-layer flour), the inside is a green bean or taro that is very flexible and in the middle is a salted egg. According to the shop owner, to make the cake delicious, the outside will be spread with a layer of pork fat or cooking oil, depending on the vegetarian or non-vegetarian cake.
Over 70 years of confectionery business, Trieu Minh Hiep’s cake still retains the original recipe left by his father, not adding or subtracting anything, so every moon season, the cakes are hot and fragrant. illustrious in the Long Phung box here is very much welcomed. Even a Singapore newspaper once came to write an article about the shop’s traditional Tieu original cakes.