Mooncakes are a popular Asian dessert that is enjoyed during the celebration of the Moon Festival that occurs in the middle of the autumn months. This recipe by Food52 cleverly swaps the traditional sweet fillings of red bean, lotus paste and egg yolks for a savory and meat-filled alternative.
Traditionally sweet mooncakes are purchased pre-made in golden boxes but these homemade Suzhou-style mooncakes offer an unconventional spin of the festive treat. These cakes feature a flaky dough made from a combination of water and lard mixtures that are then filled with lean ground pork, spices, soya sauce, sesame oil and wine that can be put together entirely at home. Once the mooncakes have been baked, they can be enjoyed with a variety of dipping sauces to help accentuate the meat flavors.