Lung Moon

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Moon cake at Lung Moon

Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Almond roll at Lung Moon
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Sticky rice ball at Lung Moon
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Egg custard tart at Lung Moon
Photograph: Alvina Lai
Almond roll cake at Lung Moon
Photograph: Alvina Lai
Lung Moon
Moon cakes—the Chinese answer to the holiday fruitcake—are traditionally enjoyed during China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, but this bare-bones bakery doles out the special-occasion sweet year-round. Owner Tak Law—a Hong Kong native—fills the mini cakes with dense lotus-seed paste, lending them a light nuttiness. The cakes are punctuated with a rich, cooked-through duck egg yolk that adds a nice salt (and, when cut in half, resembles a moon). The funky treat is an acquired taste for Western tongues, so for more familiar fare, look to featherweight, mildly sweet cakes like the almond roll, sheathed in nut slivers, or the simple, spongy angel food cake.
Venue name: Lung Moon
Address: 83 Mulberry St
Cross street: between Bayard and Canal Sts
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am–8pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average moon cake: $4. Cash only
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