Mooncake Festival is celebrated by the Chinese community. It is customary for the younger generation to buy and distribute mooncakes to elders and relatives about few weeks prior to the actual date (which falls on the 8th month and 15th day of the Chinese lunar calendar each year). On that day itself, some families would gather together and celebrate while children would be enjoying themselves playing with tanglung and savoring the moocakes as well as other Chinese delicacies.
However with each passing year, the price of mooncake keep soaring upwards until a single piece of mixed nut mooncake cost more than RM20. Many of my non Chinese friends and colleagues love mooncakes too but are concerned if the mooncakes are halal.
The popular brands have now come up with halal mooncakes. Still, the price is too expensive and beyond the affordability of many. Frankly, mooncakes are just too overpriced based on the ingredients that are being used to make them.
Enter…. homemade halal mooncakes….
Recently while browsing through Shopee to check out the mooncakes available, I am amazed to see so many homemade halal mooncakes available for sale.
Bakeries and homes are making mooncake for sale in Shopee. Lots of sellers with homemade mooncakes of all kinds. A wide variety of halal mooncakes are available. Some examples are as per below:
- Aihana Thousand Layer Handcrafted Mooncake*
- Aihana Mooncake Combo*
- Kuih Bulan Halal Mooncake Mini Homemade *(50gm)
- Halal Shanghai mooncake* – available order all year round
Note: You can locate more choices and new sellers through going to Shopee and searching for “halal homemade mooncakes”
You can find many of these mooncakes being produced by Muslim bakeries, hence you can enjoy your mooncakes knowing full well they are halal. You can also buy them as gifts to your staff, colleagues and friends who you know loves mooncakes.
My mom used to make mooncakes in the past when it just got too expensive to buy and distribute the mooncakes. So we know the ingredients for halal mooncakes are available all year round. It is just that usually people do not go through the trouble of making them.
Hence anytime you feel you really want to have your mooncake fix, you can consider checking and inquiring if your favourite seller is able to make them for sale. Or if it is your first time buying, always check the review and chat with the seller if you wish to seek clarification (do note the chat option is only available when you download the Shopee MY App from Google Playstore or Apps store (available only for mobile devices with Playstore/App store country setting of Malaysia).
Still for the Chinese community, if we are not making ourselves, we would need to buy from traditional popular brands like Tai Thong, Kum Lun Tai and Overseas. The more expensive ones would be from the 5 star hotels in Malaysia. The halal mooncakes would be suitable for own consumption, gift for friends and relatives.