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Hot cakes: Big demand for 72-year-old's hand-made mooncakes

2017-09-22 21:28 ChineseTime

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
Wei Quanfa makes mooncakes at his shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

For Chinese people, eating mooncakes with families is one of the important ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Oct 4 this year, or the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar month.

As mass-produced mooncakes sweep market with different flavors and various stuffing, customers are inclined to turn to traditional taste, which makes hand-made mooncakes a hot commodity in the market.

Wei Quanfa's hand-made mooncake is one such case. The 72-year-old baker inherited the traditional craft from his family and started his new business in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province.

He carries out every procedure by himself, including making stuffing and the mooncake mould, boiling oil, and baking. Because of that, Wei is able to make no more than 40 kg a day in the last month before the festival, and a 30-centimeter-diameter mooncake is priced at over 200 yuan ($30).

With the festival just around the corner, reserving Wei's mooncakes even two days in advance is next to impossible.

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
Wei Quanfa kneads the dough at his mooncake shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
Wei Quanfa kneads the dough at his mooncake shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
Wei Quanfa weighs each piece of dough at his mooncake shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]


Wei Quanfa fills the stuffing at his mooncake shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
Wei Quanfa thumps the dough at his mooncake shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
The mooncake mould at Wei's mooncake shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
Wei Quanfa carves on a mooncake at his shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

Big demand for 72-year-olds hand-made mooncakes
Wei Quanfa bakes a mooncake at his shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]


Wei Quanfa is pictured at his mooncake shop in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Sept 19, 2017. [Photo/IC]

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