The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people. It starts Tuesday, September 21 and usually lasts for three days, while the moon is believed to be at its fullest and brightest.
In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolizes completeness and reunion. Thus, the sharing and eating of round mooncakes and Chinese dishes among family members during the week of the festival signifies the completeness and unity of families. A mooncake is a rich pastry typically filled with sweet-bean, yolk, meat or lotus-seed paste.
Two Dublin-based establishments, renowned for their authentic Chinese cuisine and hospitality, are busy celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival. Chef and owner of Hong Kong Taste Bakery and Ka Shing Restaurant, King Liu is passionate about bringing an authentic Chinese dining experience to Ireland. He is serving and accepting orders for fresh mooncakes and passion fruit bubble tea at Hong Kong Taste Bakery for the rest of September, and accepting both reservations and walk-ins for dim sum and round-table dining at Ka Shing Restaurant.
Chef King Liu opened during the pandemic in February 2021 with the aim to open an authentic Hong Kong bakery shop in Dublin for those people who would love to try a traditional Hong Kong bakery. “Our bakery comes from the spirit of Hong Kong and that’s why we chose the name.” Located right on Dublin’s Eden Quay, the bakery is easy accessible by public transport.
Opening in the middle of the pandemic was difficult, as they could only accept online orders. Now, as the bakery is open for walk-in business, they are delighted that customers can enjoy the authentic bakery experience. “We feel the real experience is all about coming into the shop, with the wonderful smells of the freshly baked goods coming out of the oven.”
In addition to this month’s special mooncakes, the most popular menu items at Hong Kong Taste Bakery are the Hong Kong-style birthday cake, egg tart and the pineapple bo luo bun. At Ka Shing Restaurant, located on Dublin’s Wickow Street, diners can enjoy traditional menu items like rice noodle rolls, dim sum, duck and seafood.
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