Participants showcase their skills in handmade mooncake contest

DISTANCE was not a problem for a Penang couple who drove all the way to Ipoh to take part in a mooncake-making contest.

Low Wai Chee, 54 and her husband Yong Boon Kim, 59, who started their journey at 5am, was one of the two non-Perakian teams at the “Long-forgotten Handmade Mooncake-Making Contest” organised by the Perak Wanita MCA and Eu Yan Sang.

The couple emerged as second-runner up.

Nine teams took part in the two-hour contest in Lido Restaurant, Ipoh recently. The Mid-Autumn Festival is on Sept 12.

Lee Myan Yew, 70, who has been making traditional mooncakes the past 30 years, said :“Traditionally-made mooncake paste is smoother and its flavour more natural.” Lee, from Ipoh Garden, was among the few contestants who used a traditional wok to fry the lotus paste.

“Fry the paste for 45 minutes over slow fire until it no longer sticks to the pan,” she shared her “secret” with MetroPerak on how to produce a delicious paste with fine texture.

Despite her age, Lee still makes mooncakes as gifts for relatives during the Mid-Autumn Festival and takes orders from friends when she has the time to spare.

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie, who presented the prizes to the winners, said the art of handmade mooncakes should be preserved.

The contest will also be held in Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Pahang, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

The top four winners of the state-level competition will get the chance to market their handmade products with the help of Eu Yan Sang.

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