Thanks to Hong Kong Good Shops for holding a tasting so that we could get a sneak preview of the new Halal mooncakes.
Halal means food that Muslims are allowed to eat under Islamic Shariʻah. The criteria specify both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue.
The food must come from a supplier that uses halal practices. Specifically, the slaughter must be performed by a Muslim, who must precede the slaughter by invoking the name of Allah, most commonly by saying "Bismillah" ("In the name of Allah") and then three times "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest). Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck (while the animal is conscious), causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord. Lastly, the blood from the veins must be drained. This final step is performed because blood can harbor harmful bacteria, and also to ensure that there are no blood clots, thus keeping the entire body safe and clean to be eaten.
In Singapore, there are more Muslims, hence more Halal products, in Hong Kong there are just as much Muslims, ranging from Indonesian maids, locals, expats, but no one has really taken the step to get Halal certification to produce Halal food because to get certified, one of the members must be a Muslim of authority.
I was excited about the mooncakes because of the sweet purple potato, in general I rarely eat mooncakes, because I have always hated sweet lotus seed paste with the savoury egg yolk.
Mooncakes with purple potato filling:
As expected, it looked visually nice because of the colour purple contrasted by the vibrant egg yolk.
Not only was it colourful, it was delicious too and not cloyingly sweet.
However, some people felt that there were too many sweet potato fibres in it which made the texture dry and rough.
Maybe this could be improved by adding okra because it has a lubrication properties.
I loved these cheesesticks, but the cheese could have been stronger.
These cookies had a nice buttery taste with pieces of almond it in.
Bread and butter
The bread was soft and deliciously paired with anchor butter!