Shanghai eats: Sweet and fragrant Haitang cake
Haitang cake, a baked pastry made of flour, filled with red bean paste and sugar, is a traditional Shanghai snack. It originated in Wuxi in Jiangsu Province, and then made its way to Shanghai. The name “Haitang” was picked since the cake looks a bit like the Chinese flowering crabapple.
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, Haitang cake tastes sweet and fragrant.
Liyuming, a Shanghai pastry chef, has been making Haitang cake in Yuyuan, or Yu Garden, for nearly 20 years. For him, it's not only a job, but also a duty.
He has his own principle: "A man should be frank and forthright, and his business too." He says following this strict principle means he has always made the best Haitang cake for his loyal customers.