Bean flavour is big in China. To me, bean is something you eat when you're eating Mexican or it's all that's left in the cupboard. So when a friend suggested that I should try Starbucks' chocolate mooncake, I decided to give it a go. I pass several Starbucks a day, so why not.. However, they don't actually sell mooncake. Instead they sell tickets which you take to a Carrefour supermarket, where you redeem them for a box of mooncakes. And I think a box of mooncakes costs around 250 RMB. Expensive! I walked into a random Starbucks near Nanjing Xi Lu and after having this all explained to me, asked if I could have one to try.
My free mooncake.
Second layer of wrapping, the box.
The presumably pressed into shape mooncake.
The filling of the mooncake.
Until I sat down to take these photos, I didn't realise that the flowers along this part of Nanjing Xi Lu were actually chilis. I was tempted to pick a few and take them home, since I had run out but then I thought about pesticides and similar additives and thought better of it.
Anyway.. at first I could taste the chocolate, but then all I could taste was bean. It appears to be a chocolate tainted bean filling. The texture reminded me of the sensation of what I would imagine toe nail cheese to feel like, should I find myself eating a mooncake-shaped chunk of it.
Do not try again. Definitely do not go through the hoop jumping required to buy a box.