Once a long time ago, I was a few hours outside Beijing during the mid-Autumn festival, in a pretty rural area. We were given these amazing mooncakes with nuts and vegetables that were way tastier to me than the sweet bean-paste/egg/lotus-paste/etc. ones you normally get. Help me find the name of them so I can buy/bake my own.
I was interning with a Chinese company at the time, and we were somewhere northwest of Beijing at a kind of team-building retreat. The local villagers came over to the compound where we were staying, and gave us mooncakes for the festival. They were just amazing, and I really want to try to see if I can identify/buy/bake them.
It wasn't the snowskin ones with a fruit and nut filling (like these
), and not anything like the normal gift ones
either. Instead, they were much drier and crumblier than the soft, buttery pastry you normally get, and the nuts/fruit/vegetables were spread throughout the mooncake - not just stuck in the center. It was more like the nut/vegetable pieces were part of the cake itself, rather than just a filling surrounded by a thin shell.
I am 100% sure that one of the ingredients was pieces of dried green peas. I think there may have been winter melon in it, in addition to the nuts and peas.
Does this ring a bell? Do such mooncakes have a specific name? Know of any recipies?