The Lost Art of the Mooncake

In Mooncake: a Lost Art by filmmaker Andrew Gooi, we meet Mr Tam, a veteran pastry and dim sum chef who still makes Chinese mooncakes by hand, the “traditional way” fifty years after he first learned how. 

With the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival approaching on September 15, we want to take a look at the beautiful tradition behind this tasty treat. Moon cakes are only made once a year for this holiday, and Mr Tam has been working his whole like to perfect, protect and preserve the craft of making these cakes by hand instead of using a machine. You can tell by the intricate process, that he assembles each cake with love and care. While the process seems quite simple, it takes many years of experience to make such a beautiful and perfect moon cake.