The traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up, and so once again mooncake season is upon us. I've been writing about my own mooncake tastings for the last couple of years, but wasn't planning on another round of it this year. Until now.
A few weeks ago I was contacted out of the blue by the good people at Good Goods Social Enterprise Concept Store (好好社企), which is under the Hong Kong Council of Social Services. They were rolling out their batch of mooncakes this year, and asked if I would be willing to taste them, provide some feedback, and provide them with some publicity. I was a little taken aback by their interest, as I'm certainly not an influencer with hundreds of thousands (or even tens of thousands) of followers. But hey, since they're a social enterprise, I figured I'd give them the benefit of the doubt and try out the mooncakes. I even offered to pay for the box they were giving me.
So... after a delay of almost two weeks - most of which was due to being laid up at home thanks to a bad case of gastritis - I finally got around to visiting their office to pick up the box of mooncakes. Humphrey and Edith very kindly (and patiently) gave me an introduction to the work they are doing at the HKCSS, especially the role they play as a platform for many small social enterprises which neither have the expertise nor the budget to market themselves.
I tried out two of these after nuking them for a few seconds.
And I do think that these mooncakes taste fine. I'm not a huge fan of mooncakes, but I'll happily eat these if they were given to me. So... although I'm usually not in the habit of giving mooncakes to others, I think I'll go and buy a few boxes to give away.
Humphrey and Edith also introduced me to their SE Gift Certificates, which can be used at numerous restaurants and shops around town, including (to my surprise) Leonidas Chocolate outlets. Since they declined to let me pay for the box of mooncakes, I ended up buying a few certificates for use later. There's a Leonidas Chocolate counter right in my office building, so I guess I know where I'll be using the certificates!
The mooncakes can be ordered here.