I thought about writing this at @hellomoonman account, but it felt too personal. So I put this here instead.
The #lunarnewyear special for Moon Man this year feature a mix of ingredients that are familiar to some, foreign to others, and completely unheard of in terms of combination.
Lunar new year is huge in my family. When I was a kid, it was the only day where my parents allow us to skip school. We would have a giant new years eve dinner, and visit relatives the next day.
This dessert is inspired by my family. My dad is a huge fan of soursop. He would get one each time it's in season, and make soursop drink in his giant glass (think German beer glass). And during the holiday, we would splurge and get some lychee and longan for desserts.
This year as I was looking for ideas for the special, it dawned on me that the flavor of soursop, longan and Lychee actually works very well together. To bind them all, I need a textural element that bridge between the soft mung bean pudding and the crisp fruit. I ended up with elderflower flavored tapioca pearls that both bouncy and has a fruity fragrant quality.
I honestly didn't expect to sell many of it. But to my surprise, the feedback was overwhelming. It was so popular I had to keep making it all weekend to the point that I ran out of ingredients. We also have people pre-order this desserts in quantities to bring to parties.
The begining of Moon Man has always been about sharing memories and stories. I guess this was one of the stories that people can feel. - 40 minutes ago