上海月饼 Shanghai Mooncake

I was walking past the mooncake booths in Queensbay Mall the other day after dinner when I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of a certain mooncake of a certain brand. It is my most favorite type of mooncake ever. The promoter noticed me and approached me. I was getting my fierce and angry face ready when that auntie said: “要买月饼啊?你等一下,多五分钟就有扣25%! (Wanna buy mooncake? You wait for a while, there will be 25% discount in 5 minutes time!)“.

What?? 什么?? 虾密?? Nani???

That mooncake was selling at RM 16.50 each, at 25% discount it would be RM 12.35 each. That seemed like quite… less expensive. And I was craving for it. So I agreed and waited. I ended up buying two mooncakes, and the promoter escorted me to the cashier. When it was my turn to pay, she asked me if I have J-Card (discount card). I said no. Then she took her own J-Card out and let me use it, and that got me a further 10% discount on top of the 25% discount! I ended up paying RM 22.30 for 2 mooncakes.

I want to tell you how to get this good discount, but I don’t remember what time it was. It was a Tuesday though. I guess they have some closing time discount or something, not sure just on certain days or daily. And if I were the boss of that mooncake brand, I would be damn pissed with that promoter for 倒米-ing (pouring rice away), for intentionally selling my goods at a lower price. So I hope he doesn’t read this post.

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Anyway, the mooncake that is my most favorite, is 海外天 上海月饼 Oversea Restaurant’s Shanghai Mooncake. Actually, it is the only type of mooncake that I like. I don’t really care about other brands of Shanghai mooncakes, and I also don’t really care about other type of mooncakes of any brands.

You see, I grew up in the Central Market. The Oversea Restaurant, they used to have an outlet there. Every year as Mooncake Festival approached, they would set up a big ass oven in front of the restaurant, and they would bake Shanghai mooncakes and sell them fresh. It was a hugely popular move and many people came and queued up to get their hands on these fresh yummies. For us, since we were fellow tenants of Central Market, we get to pre-order and have those delicious mooncakes reserved so we never had to queue. Nepotism rocks!

Those Shanghai mooncakes were heavenly. They were warm and smelled absolutely delicious. The crust, oh crust… the crust was crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, flaky and buttery and super super yummy! OMG just describing it now makes me remember those good old days of having fresh and warm Shanghai mooncakes!

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I loved those fresh mooncakes so much that I don’t really like any other mooncakes anymore. Of course, the restaurant then closed down their Central Market outlet and I could no longer get those fresh Shanghai mooncakes. I had to make do with their pre-made Shanghai mooncakes the following years. They were okay, but nowhere near as good as the freshly baked ones, for obvious reasons.

My mom tried to make me try other brands of Shanghai mooncakes subsequently, but I hated them all. They never tasted the same. I think it is the dough that they use to make the crust. Oversea Restaurant’s Shanghai mooncake’s crust are special and no one else could make it the same.

The other types of mooncakes? Nah… I do eat them, but I don’t care about them. In engineering equation terms, Fresh Oversea Restaurant Shanghai Mooncake > Pre-made Oversea Restaurant Shanghai Mooncake > Other brand Shanghai Mooncake > Other type Mooncake.

So anyway, I know I can never get the fresh ones anymore now, so I have to settle for the second best. That was why I was willing to part with RM 22.30 for two of them.

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They were crappier that I remember. The awesome taste of the crust was still there, but it felt like a somewhat watered down version. And the mooncake sort of fell apart the moment I cut into it. I think these ones that I bought are really not fresh at all. It was impossible to cut it into four pieces while leaving the pieces intact.

I guess, I am glad that I am still able to get a little whif of the taste that I adore so much. But I am disappointed that the mooncake quality has deteriorated year over year.

And maybe I should be glad with this disappointment. Since I like other brands/types of mooncakes less than Oversea’s Shanghai mooncakes, and I don’t even like Oversea’s Shanghai mooncakes anymore, it means I will probably never buy mooncakes for personal consumption ever again. I’m done with mooncakes…

 

32 Comments

  1. Judging by the last photo, it does appear that the mooncake doesn’t seem fresh. Looks dry and the paste inside also broke apart 😐 But then again, there’s only so many mooncakes we can eat and the promoter lady was probably trying to get rid of the stock for the day.

    This is the second mooncake post I’ve read on here this year, and I the more I think about it, the more I reckon it’s Oversea mooncake that I ate a lot as a kid in Malaysia.

    • Stock of the day? No… that doesn’t happen anymore with most mooncakes in Malaysia. It is more like stock of the year! Nowadays, most mooncakes sold in the malls are made in factories and stocked up months in advance, and then rolled out to the market for the Mooncake Festival sales. You can’t get freshly made mooncakes anymore, unless you go to those small time bakery shops.

      Well, you’re about the same age as me, so I’m pretty sure about it too. When we were kids, there was only one brand of mooncake popular in Malaysia, and that’s Oversea mooncake.

      • Then it sounds like the same in Australia. I have seen mooncakes here with expiry date dating two, three years into the future. I wonder how the salted egg survive that long. Must be because of the salt 😐

        Well, now you are making me feel old 😐

        • Not just the salt, they are all full of strong preservatives. You’d be killing yourself slowly but surely if you eat them frequently enough.

  2. i want some shanghai mooncake now……. i tried some good shanghai mooncake before, can’m rmb the brand but will let you know once I find out.

  3. U R SO SO SO LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO GET OVERSEAS SHANGHAI MOONCAKE AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE!!!! Shanghai mooncake is firstly introduced in Overseas Restaurant in the early 80’s and theirs is the pioneer and original of all the Shanghai mooncakes…yes, I m longing for one too, but it gets sold out very fast or out of stock! I dun tink they will hav discounted price for it over here in KL….

  4. I hear people say that mooncakes for the Mooncake Festival have been made months ahead, probably that contributed to the taste. And yeah, Jusco outlets have this discount thing at a certain time, like 8pm or something…I’ve encountered it before…like Lulu nyonya kuih, their bakery items, sushi, etc. If you shop at Jusco so frequently (for your grocery items), you should consider getting their card (pay like RM12 p.a.) and then you get discounts at the eateries there.

    • I used to have the J card when I was in KL, because if nothing else, the free car park already worth more than the RM 12. But Queensbay Mall is like Midvalley, even with J card, no free parking. And I don’t like squeezing with people during J card day. So the card becomes only useful to collect points. I kept it for 2 years and all the points I was able to collect were not even enough to pay for the renewal fee. So I thought, no point to have a reward card that can’t give me any rewards. So I terminated it.

  5. The first Shanghai Mooncake I tried had very flaky skin like puff pastry. I like! But the subsequent ones are like what you bought but the pastry was quite OK. But others are not that great. Nothing beats pastry that’s comes fresh from the oven. I am not crazy over mooncakes, so I don’t buy any for myself.

  6. Aiyoyo *slaps forehead* I didn’t know certain time got discount one wor.. If yes, I will wait ga I tell you.. I know durians and cakes got la, but mooncakes? They also have timing ga? Wah, now only I know.. Eh, I like shanghai mooncakes leh, very flaky and buttery the pastry, I can eat 10!

  7. I think the boss approved of the discounts lah to have more sales. You just confirmed what my family has been telling me. They told me not to buy moon cakes this year at all when I wanted to. So this is your last time buying moon cakes but maybe this is the first year you make your own moon cakes. I think you can try to bake your own moon cakes and you may get back the taste that you idam so much. Got many great recipes online.

    • Why? I think pre-packed mooncakes have been going on for years already what? What’s wrong with this year?

      Make my own mooncakes? Heh.. please… 😀

      • The question “Why? I think pre-packed mooncakes have been going on for years already what? What’s wrong with this year?” is referring to “the boss giving permission to give discount” or “to my family asking me not to buy mooncakes this year”? The discount I like I have encountered in previous years also. As for not buying mooncakes this year, my family finds that the quality has been getting lower and lower and the price higher and higher so this year they have had enough of this low quality high price pre packed mooncakes so asked me not to buy any lah.

        • Haih… if that is the case then really good advice. I have not eaten these expensive mooncakes for a few years, I did not expect they deteriorate in quality to this extent! 🙁

  8. Maybe it’s 9p.m kot . Ya lor
    ..one year also kena same like you. I dudnt have j card and the promoter help by swipe her card. Actually win win situation la .she gets point and i got discount

    • Maybe it’s 8pm. I think I didn’t stay in the mall until 9pm…

      I think they want to give us discounts and hope that we would come back for more. Apparently sales are not good this year.

    • The same happens here too. Actually here we do want to eat mooncakes, but they are getting ridiculously expensive so not many buys them anymore. Then when the festival ends you will see tons of them go to waste. I don’t understand, those mooncake suppliers rather throw them away than selling at a more affordable price. 🙁

  9. You met a kind auntie and your Shanghai moon cake tales is interesting. I had never met a Shanghai fan like you. I love the ham & nuts the most and they are pricey. So I often waited for the last few days before the festival ends where most hypermarkets would slash at least 50% off!!!!

    • Yeah, I am quite sure I am a weird minority. All my friends are confused that I prefer Shanghai mooncakes. My parents love the same type of mooncake as you do. Must be due to the age. LOL! 😀

  10. 5 minutes later and you can get it at 25% discount?? eih, auntie was quite kind mah.. and she lent your her AEON card so that you get an additional 10% off while she gets to earn points.. smart!! it’s a win-win situation leh~~

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