The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese festival, and it’s also a “family reunion” day, which is filled with “home” warmth. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, eating mooncakes is a traditional Chinese custom.
Mooncakes have traditionally been handmade. In recent years, with the introduction of production lines and chain stores, traditional handmade mooncakes are rarely seen. In Hong Kong, handmade mooncakes can only be found in a handful of stores.
Still, there is one bakery in Hong Kong called “Ba Xian Bakery (八仙饼家)”, or the “Eight Immortals Bakery”. With a history of nearly 50-years, Eight Immortals Bakery is located at No. 197, the Shengshui Bu area, Nan Chang Street.
It is family business managed by Zhang’s three brothers, who run the bakery. Because of their well-known brands and the quality of their mooncakes, many people come here specially to buy their Hong Kong-made mooncakes.
People trust the Eight Immortals Bakery. Hong Kong-made bakery items are safe and use good quality raw materials. Also, as the family business is nearly 50 years old, its reputation depends on its product quality and its tradition of never cheating people.
Zhang’s three brothers inherited from their father the tradition of how to run the bakery—“customer first and quality first.” Zhang Zaichang, one of the three brothers, said the reason for the popularity of their handmade mooncakes is that their fillings are soft and with layers, with uneven sizes and they are not pressed as solid as the machine-made mooncake fillings.
But their fillings have a sense of depth and they are tasty and more delicious. The key to operating such a shop is to find a good master with good craftsmanship. It is very difficult to find such high-skilled people now. The master, who has been working for the Zhang’s since the shop opened, is now 80 years old. Zhang Zaichang hopes they can continue the family business forever.
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