Female office staff rush to Full-Moon cake classes

Many female office staff in Hanoi have taken advantage of their noon-time break to learn how to make Full-Moon cakes at cooking classes to prepare for the mid-Autumn Festival.


A class to teach how to make Full-Moon cakes.

The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar year.

For nearly a weak, Pham Thu Hien, of a state-owned company in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, has come to a cooking centre to learn how to make Full-Moon cakes on her break.

Hien said that despite being very busy, she wants to make the cakes by herself to give her friends and her relatives as presents at the mid-Autumn Festival.

"There are many people registering for classes to make Full-Moon cakes, so I had to wait for two weeks. Each class has only eight people. I paid VND1m (USD47.6) for the class," she said.

Hien said that after two classes, she could make some traditional types of Full-Moon cakes. She hopes to learn how to make different tastes and shapes.

Nguyen Ngoc Phuong Anh in Doi Can District spent VND600,000 for the same class in Cau Giay District.

Anh said that, every year, she often spends millions of VND to buy Full-Moon cakes. This year, she changed the way, aiming to make the cakes with more diversified tastes and shapes by herself.

The fees cost her no more than buying the cakes at the market, Anh said.

Although it is still nearly two months until mid-Autumn, the cake-making class of Nguyen Duc Thinh in Dong Da District is crowded.

Thinh said the class initially attracted only a few people, but now the number has climbed to nearly 100.

Nguyen Ngoc Van, who works at a state-owned company in Hai Ba Trung District, decided to open a Full-Moon cake class to meet rising demand.

"After four days, hundreds of people have registered, so my class is full at noon from Monday to Friday until near the festival," Van said.

Female office staff rush to Full-Moon cake classes