Malaysia is such an amazing country when it comes to celebrating festivals. We have just celebrated Hari Raya Haji on 24 September and we are preparing to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on the 27 September. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie 中秋节 ) falls on the 15th of the 8th month in the Chinese lunar calendar and there’s still a little time left to bake some last minute homemade baked bamboo charcoal mooncakes.
These mooncakes are basically similar to the traditional baked mooncakes. Only difference is, bamboo charcoal powder is added when making the mooncake skin. As it turns out, in terms of look, well, it’s ‘awfully’ pretty. In terms of taste, it does impart a mild sweetness to the mooncake skin.
Bamboo charcoal powder is made with charcoal of the bamboos. It is one of the popular flavours found in bread and pastry. It’s believed to have health benefits, with the ability to reduce acidity, hence to detox one’s body. This precious black bamboo charcoal powder can be used on almost everything, including adding into coffee and tea! The black colour can really intrigue anyone who is just obsessed with black food in general, another example is Squid Ink.