Festival moon cakes made specially from behind bars

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

Taipei Times
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 to

Changhua Prison Warden Huang Kun-chien, left, and another official on Sunday hold gift boxes of “iron-bar mooncakes” and pastries for the Mid-Autumn Festival made by inmates working in the Changhua County prison’s bakery.
Photo: Chen Kuan-pei, Taipei Times

exceed 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]

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