PRISON BAKERY: The growing popularity of the moon cakes made by Changhua Prison inmates is a source of encouragement to them as they prepare to rejoin society
Date: Aug 14, 2019
By: Chen Kuan-pei and Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Sales of Mid-Autumn Festival pastry gift sets made by Changhua Prison inmates are expected toexceed NT$1 million (US$31,740) this year.
The prison’s eight-year-old bakery, which provides instructional workshops to inmates, begins making moon cases and other special treats for the festival a month in advance, prison warden Huang Kun-cian (黃坤前) said.
The idea for making moon cakes and the recipes for low-sugar salted egg yolk, mung bean and other pastries traditionally consumed during the festival came from an inmate who had been a hotel chef, Huang said.
The bakery began receiving requests from inmates’ relatives to purchase its moon cakes, spread through word of mouth. Two years ago, prison officials decided to allow the bakery to take orders from the public. [FULL STORY]