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LA’s Asian Bakeries Gear-Up for Annual Mooncake Festival This Weekend

Plus, DoorDash launches a food magazine, shopping for munchies in Koreatown, and more

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Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown is selling traditional mooncakes filled with red beans and lotus seeds.
Find traditional mooncakes filled with red bean and lotus seeds at Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown.
Cathy Chaplin
Cathy Chaplin is a senior editor at Eater LA, a James Beard Award–nominated journalist, and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

The annual Mid-Autumn Festival lands on Saturday, September 10, and Los Angeles’s Asian bakeries are cranking out mooncakes to meet demand from both longtime celebrants and those new to the tradition. While these dense delicacies are traditionally filled with seeds, nuts, dried fruits, and preserved meats with salted egg yolks in the center, some bakeries are offering more creative takes this year, including boba mooncakes at Sunmerry Bakery.

For those whose palates lean old-school Cantonese, head to Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown or Kee Wah Bakery in Monterey Park and Arcadia. Thai-style mooncakes filled with salted egg yolk custard are available at Aliya Lavaland in Monterey Park. For Taiwanese mooncakes with flakey exteriors, there’s Sunmerry Bakery (Temple City, Arcadia, Monterey Park) and J.J. Bakery (Torrance, Arcadia, City of Industry, Temple City). For the freshest Vietnamese-style mooncakes, head south to Dong Hung Vien Bakery or My Hiep Bakery in Little Saigon. To celebrate this Saturday evening, brew a pot of tea, share a mooncake, and gaze at the plumpest, brightest moon of the year.

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$10 burgers at Messhall Kitchen

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