Kue Tiong Ciu Phia is a traditional Indonesian Mooncake.
The cake is circular like Moon, white & slightly thin.
The cake also called kue Bulan Kacang ( Bulan means Moon & Kacang means Nuts).
Kue Tiong Ciu Phia is a traditional cake to celebrate the Moon Festival.
Since little Kue Tiong Ciu Phia is one of my favorite cakes.
When I was study abroad my mom used to bring me this cakes especially during the month of the Moon cake festival.
My Dad used to get this cake from Sin Hap Hoat, the popular Moon cake in Indonesia. the store is in the area called Glodok, the Chinatown of Jakarta.
The store not far from my Grandparent’s house.
Now days you can find Kue Tiong Ciu Phia at many Supermarket or small grocery stores in Indoneia.
What I like about this cake that this cake not only tasty but also easy to bring & can last for a few months if I keep it in refrigerator.
Then I eat it little by little it remind me of home. I like the Chocolate, Cempedak, Duren…almost every types.
During this Moon Festival the moon is full & bright.
Every year the date of the Moon Festival will not be the same, it will depends on the Chinese Calendar.
It should be the 15th day of The 8 th Lunar month.
The festival is for Lunar worship & Moon watching.
The popular Kue Tiong Ciu Phia in Indonesia is Sin Hap Hoat.
It took about many months to make kue Tiong Ciu Phia.
First they start with Base or Biang, made from water & flour.
From this they mix it to make the skin.
Then they make the filling.
Thre are many types of filling, such as Chocolate, Cheese, Durian, Cempedak, Srikaya, Pineapple, Caypia & Milk.
After the filing they making sure all the cakes have the same shape.
Then they put the brand stamp with the types of the filling.
The cakes bake in a traditional oven with Charcoal.
Most of the kue Tiong Ciu Phia can last up to 3 months.
Another types of Moon cakes, about 10 cm in diameter, 4-5 cm thick & brown at the outside.
This is the Cantonese Moon cake, from Southern China.
A rich filling usually made from red or Lotus seed & cover by a thin crust.
The inside may contain yolks from salted duck eggs.
For the Mooncakes, the filling…
– Consisting of 5 types of nuts & seeds such as walnuts, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds & almond.
-Lotus seeds paste, this is the original mooncake filling. Lotus paste filling is found in most types of Mooncakes.
-Sweet bean paste such as Red bean paste, Mug beans & Black beans.
-Jujube paste, a sweet paste made from ripe fruits of dates. The paste is dark color, a little fruity flavor & sour in taste.
The nuts or beans combine with any other ingredients.
Some of the combination are Mung beans & raisin, or Black beans & salted eggs.
The Top of the cake have an imprint of the Chinese Characters for Longevity or Harmony.
In the past this cake is an offering from the Chinese farmers to the Moon Goddess to say thank you for the Harvest.
Most of the time inside the cake box there are about 4 Moon cakes.
You will find this cake not only in Indonesia but also in other country in Asia such as Vietnam, Korea.
They also celebrated the Moon Festival.
Today it is customary for families to presents these cakes to relatives as presents during the Moon Festival.
Doeren – Duren – Durian
Kedjoe – Keju- Cheese
Tjoklat – Coklat – Chocolate
Tjempedak – Cempedak – Cempedak