Today I took my kids to the Chicago Peninsula to pick up our mooncake order. It was the first time I’ve been in the general vicinity of the Pen since the Mid-Autumn Festival last week. But the Pen was taking orders for pick-up through tomorrow, so we got there just in time.
Just before we left for the Pen with my mom, I decided to book a reservation for lunch at Shanghai Terrace, the Pen’s Chinese restaurant. As it turned out, my mom and I couldn’t keep up with the kids. The dumplings shown here are vegetable (lower bamboo steamer), prawn and pea shoot (upper left), and lobster and chicken with black truffle (upper right).
The dim sum was gone in the matter of minutes, so we ordered three more types. The kids were up for dessert, so we ordered this refreshing Cantonese dish. It’s a mango and tapioca soup with coconut cream, seasonal fruit, and banana cake.
And now for the mooncakes! We waited until we returned home to open them. I ordered a box with two mooncakes and six sachets of three types of tea.
The kids shared the first mooncake.
I ate some of the second mooncake. The outside tasted like shortbread. And the inside was a sweet egg custard, a nice (and preferable) take on the traditional egg yolk mooncake filling.
Although these mooncakes are smaller than the ones sold in Asian groceries, I far preferred the Pen’s and will probably go for the box of four next year! Until then, I’ll enjoy the tea.
If you celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, what was your highlight from the holiday?