Healthy mooncakes in demand

Healthy mooncakes in demand
Wong holding up a charcoal coloured Royal Wolfberry Mooncake (right) and his colleague holding up a sugar-free White Lotus Mooncake.

JOHOR BARU - There is a mooncake for everyone - even the weight-watchers and the health-conscious.

Mooncake makers are producing healthier alternatives and among the new recipes are mooncakes with wolfberry - sugarless, no less.

"The mooncake has a unique charcoal-like colour and does not even have an egg yolk in it," said Wong Wee Kit, 20, a sales representative with Qian You Ting.

"The sweetness comes from the natural flavour of the longan and the wolfberry, which is often used for medicinal purposes, giving the mooncake a distinct taste," he said, adding that other variations of traditional favourites, such as white lotus mooncakes made with less sugar or no sugar at all, were also selling fast.

"In fact, we have to restock every three days as the demand is so good," said Wong.

He said about 30 per cent of the mooncakes made by Qian You Ting this year featured the healthy variations.

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