Mooncakes land in Cardiff

A new Eastern delicacy has arrived in Cardiff as the Chinese community celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Mooncakes, a typical treat for the festival, have been available in the city’s Chinese markets since 27 September, and until they run out of stock.

Mooncakes are small, round pastries consisting of a thin crust enveloping a dense filling than can be sweet or salty – the most popular fillings include lotus seed paste; red beans; salted egg yolk.

They are a symbol of the full moon, which reaches its peak of brightness during the Mid-Autumn Festival, therefore also known as Moon Festival.

“Only a few are left”, said Tan Yaqin, owner of a local Chinese store, “and we will only order more for next year’s festival.”