Dark side of the mooncake

Illustration: Andreas Schallenberger

The mooncakes that many Hong Kong people munched on yesterday to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival are no luxury food. They are made of cheap ingredients such as red bean and lotus seed paste that hardly make a dent in a mooncake maker's profit.

Monday, 1 October, 2012, 4:07am

Letters to the Editor, September 24, 2012

Hongkongers should not waste mooncakes. Photo: Bloomberg

Hoping cool heads prevail in dispute

The local media is full of articles about who has rightful ownership of the rocks south of Japan [the Diaoyus/Senkakus].

Chinese nationalists are passionate in their claims regarding these rocks.

I wonder if Beijing sees this issue as its "Falkland Islands moment". If so, this is a major concern for the region.

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am

Mooncake brand Wing Wah locked in trademark court battle in mainland

Local mooncake brand Wing Wah could be forced out of the mainland market if it loses a trademark battle in the country's highest court.

The case, being heard in the Supreme People's Court, involves a dispute between the 62-year-old Hong Kong firm and Guangdong businessman Su Guorong over the use of the "Wing Wah" trademark and product design on the mainland

17 Aug 2012 - 4:00am

Let's stand up for pumpkin pie

Get everyone home for dinner and dig out your loosest jeans, because Thanksgiving is officially here. Now, I know that Thanksgiving isn't really a big part of Hong Kong festivities, and honestly, many of us don't even know why it's celebrated. But it's worth finding out, because it's one of the warmest family-oriented celebrations of the year.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

We must stop wasting mooncakes

I am writing in response to the letter 'Mooncakes thrown away untouched' (South China Morning Post, September 19). I agree that it's wasteful to dispose of mooncakes without even tasting them.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Teachers still able to do extra work

According to schoolteacher Tamara Kiew ('Teachers face impossible workload', September 18), teachers in Hong Kong are stressed and overworked. She complains that they are 'forced' to work at weekends.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Classical music ruined by 'listeners'

The Hong Kong Sinfonietta concert on Saturday, September 10, should have given me unalloyed pleasure but for the appalling behaviour of audience members seated nearby.

The intense first movement of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1 was interrupted by the bleeping of a mobile phone.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ah, tradition: discarding the mooncake

Forgive us if we're not surprised that Hongkongers last year threw away enough mooncakes to cover 25 basketball courts, as reported by the environmental group Green Power.

Have you ever tasted these things?

OK, that was unkind.

What we mean to say is, mooncakes aren't for everyone.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Welfare system needs review

Recently it was reported that an amputee, Lee Shing-leung, had been refused a disability allowance. Having lost his right leg in an industrial accident, he was not able to earn money doing the manual work he had done before.

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

A single mooncake can push you to your daily limit for fat and sugar

Everyone hopes for a big, bright, full moon for the Mid-Autumn Festival next week, but when it comes to mooncakes, dietitians say we'd be better off with a quarter.

14 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

The Treasure Hunter

Starring: Jay Chou Jie-lun, Lin Chi-ling, Eric Tsang Chi-wai, Chen Daoming, Miao Pu Director: Kevin Chu Yen-ping Category: IIA (Putonghua)

31 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Sino cares

Volunteers with a Sino Group community initiative had plenty to be over the moon about at the 10th anniversary of an autumn effort on behalf of the elderly.

30 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Officials happy to let volunteers do the hard clean-up work

I agree with Andrew Maxwell's suggestion that the government should take the initiative and provide much-needed jobs by entrenching beach clean-up teams as a part of its overall sanitation work ('Government could provide jobs with a beach clean-up unit', October 3).

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Warning over mooncake-coupon fraud

A bakery chain that received more than 700 fake mooncake redemption coupons urged consumers yesterday to buy its vouchers from authorised sellers only. The call from Kee Wah Bakery came after a man was detained on Monday for trying to redeem the coupons and for possessing about 900 more of them. They had a market value of HK$350,000.

11 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Hands up all those who want to know why this wedding was secret

Most people would be proud of their marriages. Not Hong Kong celebrities. Some star couples outed by tabloid sleuths at the weekend still remain coy.

That includes the new Mrs Leon Lai Ming, model Gaile Lai Kei-yi (Gai Lai on the wedding certificate).

2 Sep 2009 - 12:00am