It is a good month before the Mid-Autumn Festival (September 10), also known as the Moon Festival, is celebrated in Asian communities. But to avoid less than a full mooncake stock for the occasion, observers often collect theirs ahead of time. Lady M, the bakery known for its elaborate pastries, is ready with Chinese-style mooncakes in a new Glowing Lights Mooncake Gift Set, created in collaboration with Kee Wah Bakery in Los Angeles, a specialist. The set consists of six cakes in three flavors: Earl Grey, caramel-coffee, and purple yam custard. In Taiwan, the mooncakes are often different, pale and domed with a red stamp on them. At Té Company, which serves Taiwanese tea, they are made to order with a mung bean paste filling, sold in a pack of six.
Lady M Glowing Lights Mooncake Gift Set, $78, now at ladym.com and starting Friday at Lady M boutiques; Té Company Taiwanese Mooncakes, $25 for six, 163 West 10th Street (Seventh Avenue South), 929-335-3168, tecompanytea.com.
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