Oven-fresh sweet treats

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  • Thursday, 24 Sep 2009

NG Wai Lin is a housewife with a big heart and she is showing her generosity once again during the Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on Oct 3.

The 48-year-old is making 300 homemade mooncakes which will be distributed free to the needy including those in old folk’s homes and orphanages.

Ng, who is spending about RM4,000 of her own money in buying the mooncake ingre-dients, is no stranger to charity work.

She has been making traditional Chinese delicacies including bak chang (pork dumplings) during major Chinese festivals and distributing them free to charitable homes for several years now.

“The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for reunion with family members and I hope to share this feeling with old folk and orphans, telling them that they are still being loved and cared,” she said in an interview at her Sungai Ara home on Penang island.

Ng, who learnt the art of making mooncakes from her master, a restaurant chef in Hong Kong 10 years ago, said she planned to visit the Eden Handicap Service Centre with some 10 family members and relatives on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.

“I will bring 30 mooncakes and some home-cooked dishes to the centre while the remaining 270 mooncakes will be distributed to other homes,” she said.

Born in a family with a great passion for cooking, Ng said she decided to make the mooncakes herself as those available in the market were too sweet and greasy.

“I received different feedbacks from the people who sampled my mooncakes and I then improved the taste.

“Unlike the mooncakes available in the market, my mooncakes do not contain any preservatives.

“But, they have to be eaten within a week,” she said, adding that she also made her own moon biscuit (kong chai peng) with sambal prawn.

Ng said she added more assorted fruits and nuts into the mooncakes as these were preferred by elderly people.

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