That said, based on the shape, fillings, or stuffing, we can have plenty kind of mooncake with various flavors. Below are the top 10 popular flavors that you should try if you visit Vietnam during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
1. Traditional mixed nuts
Despite thousands of modern fillings, traditional mixed flavor has been the most preferable to many Vietnamese people. This kind of filling is a mix of sophisticated ingredients including five kernels: lotus seeds, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, peanuts and sesame seeds. This combination can be added more ingredients such as walnuts, cashew, Chinese sausage, lemon leaves, roast chicken and salted egg yolk. Also, expensive shark fin and bird nests are added to make high-end products.
2. Lotus seed paste
Lotus seeds are especially good for cardiovascular system, anti-aging and night sleep. That’s why the Vietnamese locals consider lotus seeds as a traditional therapy and a favorite material. Lotus seed paste is made from dried lotus seeds which create a sweet and smooth filling paste of mooncakes. The traditional-style mooncake is usually filled with pure lotus single yolk and a single salted egg yolk in the center.
3. Red/Green bean paste
Thanks to not-so-sweet and easy-to-eat flavor, red or green bean paste is a perfect alternative to traditional mixed nuts. Both sweet and salty filling made from bean are widely interested by lots of Vietnamese people. Interestingly, this mooncake flavor is not only easy to taste but also simple to make. The harmony of organic ingredients like red bean, green bean, cooking oil, white sugar, sticky flour and sesame oil has created the smooth paste.
4. Matcha mooncake
Green tea brings a fresh and flavorsome taste into plenty of Vietnamese food, ranging from ice cream, cookies, yogurt to mooncakes. Green tea mooncakes are perfect for Matcha lovers; because unlike usual crusts, the mooncakes have a soft and slightly chewy texture of snow skin which is similar to mochi. Chewing a bite of green tea mooncake, you’ll feel a taste of fresh matcha and a lingering sweet aftertaste.
5. Mochi mooncake
Mochi mooncakes, also called snow skin or snowy mooncakes, use a cooked glutinous rice flour crust which gives you a soft and chewy texture. Rooted in Singaporean culture, snow skin mooncakes are made by Japanese mochi recipes with different colors and flavors consisting of green bean, fruits, jams, chocolate, coffee, cheese, durian, etc. Inspite of being served chilled, this no-bake mooncake brings a unique savor of soft crust combined with refreshing taste after refrigerator.
6. Taro paste
The flaky texture and nice fragrant of taro made a great ingredients for mooncakes. Recipe of taro mooncakes isn’t as complicated as the one of traditional mixed mooncakes. The essential ingredients include smooth taro paste, sticky flour, wheat flour, malt, cooking oil and sugar. Especially, the filling of taro mooncakes will be more delicious with one or two salted egg yolks.
7. Coconut mooncake
A tenderly sweet filling made of coconut offers you the most appealing and the healthiest mooncake than ever. One of the popular combinations contains shredded coconut, young coconut milk, lotus seed and sesame seed. Coconut mooncakes give tasters a distinctively mesmerizing savor unlike other mooncakes. Such a savory mooncake to die for!
8. Pineapple leaf paste
A mooncake filled with pineapple leaf paste brings a sugary and refreshing bitter. Furthermore, thanks to the abundance of nutrients in pineapple leaves, you can relieve flu, fever; cure diarrhea, TB disease; help smoothing digestion system and other health issues. Frequently mixed with green bean, mooncakes made from pineapple leaf is unsurprisingly prevalent among Vietnamese people.
9. Jelly mooncake
Jelly version of Vietnamese mooncake is made from gracilaria or agar jelly, and decorated by vibrant colors, plenteous patterns with the colorful centre. In addition to normal fillings, jelly mooncakes are often filled with soft fillings such as flan cake, caramel and milk jelly. This type of mooncakes is fresh without preservative, so that it’s best served chilled as a refreshing dessert and preserved in a short time.
10. Black garlic mooncake
Black garlic has been the weirdest and wackiest flavor in the history of mooncakes. Besides, black garlic has plenty of amazing advantages: cardiovascular protection, anti-virus, cancer prevention, lowering cholesterol, immune booster, etc. Instead of colorful crusts, this mooncake has a great variety of fillings and a black crust created from finely ground black garlic. The mystery of gothic color must arouse your curiosity about what the mooncake tastes like. Once the cake hits you with strong garlic flavor at first bite, you’ll ease into the sweetness of the caramelized paste.