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Nutrition info: Pastry mooncake crust vs. Snowskin crust. Which is healthier?

Posted on | September 24, 2012 | No Comments

Snowskin Mooncakes

The Mid-Autumn festival (also known as the mooncake festival) is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated in Chinese and Vietnamese culture.  Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate “zhong qiu jie”.  Today, the Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated with family gatherings and feasting. And don’t forget eating mooncakes!

Traditional pastry mooncakes are filled with lotus seed paste and contain a salty egg yolk in the middle.  There are also modern varieties known as snowskin, with a light and delicate glutinous rice outer casing.  There are endless fillings, styles and coloured mooncakes available during this festival.

Most mooncakes contain approximately 800 – 1200 calories each.  The calories depend on the size and filling inside.

I have been asked – is snowskin mooncake healthier and contain less calories??

So I have provided the nutrition comparison between the traditional oriental flaky pastry crust and the more modern snowskin crust to see which one has less calories?

Nutrition info for snowskin crust:   7cm diameter, round mooncake.

  • Energy: 150 calories
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Carbs:  26 g
  • Fat: 5 g

Note:  This is just the energy content of the outer snowskin only – not for the contents inside.

Nutrition info for traditional oriental pastry:  7cam diameter, round mooncake

  • Energy: 153 calories
  • Protein: 3.06 g
  • Carbs:  30.53 g
  • Fat: 1.84 g

Note:  This is just the energy content of the outer pastry only – not for the contents inside.

So as you can see – comparing head-to-head, the outer crust doesn’t make any significant difference at all.  It comes back to size, portion and ingredients inside.  If you choose a 12 cm, 4 yolk lotus seed mooncake it’s always going to be more than a 5cm, 1 yolk lotus seed mooncake.

On a whole.. these things are CALORIE BOMBS and luckily they are only around for one month per year.

I advise to choose the smallest size and share with a friend !

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