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Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong's sweet obsession

The mid-autumn festival is a treasured tradition - eating mooncakes with family, friends and admiring the moon

Chef Yip kneading elastic golden dough - this year he's experimenting with a new lychee-flavoured spin on his original classic.

Next, he fills the dough with his signature Spring Moon mini egg custard.

Each dough ball is then pressed individually into a mooncake-shaped hole in a heavy wooden holder, which he bangs three times on a worktop to pop out a perfect pastry.

Hong Kong

IT IS ONE of Hong Kong's most treasured food traditions: the buying, giving and eating of mooncakes to mark mid-autumn festival, celebrated in Chinese communities around the world next month.

Bakeries and supermarkets are already packed with boxes of the dense pastries,...