In the old days, snack workshops in Changsha began to prepare moon cake production when spring came. A lot of time has to be spent on the materials such as nuts, lard, hams, lean meat, as well as cooked sweetened bean paste, lotus paste, and jujube paste. The period from the seventh lunar month to the mid-autumn day is the season of moon cakes.
Su-style moon cake
Cantonese moon cake
With Su-style moon cakes of Jiuruzhai and Shao-style of Sanjizhai being most popular, Changsha’s moon cake varieties was rather limited until 1930s. When the first Cantonese restaurant opened in Changsha, Cantonese moon cakes were introduced which have been gradually accepted among Changsha customers.
Jiuruzhai moon cakes
Water chestnuts, lotus roots, green bean cakes and mint cakes are popular snacks in addition to moon cakes for the festival.