Monday, September 27, 2010


When Hong Kong people talk about moon-cakes, they usually mean 雙黃白蓮蓉月餅, or 冰皮月餅.   But my favourite is 金華火腿五仁月餅.  There is no 蓮蓉 and 鹹蛋黃.  But lots of 火腿、杏仁、核桃仁、花生仁、芝麻仁 and 瓜子仁. 

Perhaps it is an acquired taste from childhood memories?  I understand from books such as Norman Doidge’s “The Brain that Changes Itself” that our human brain is really quite malleable, or ‘plastic’ - particularly when we are very small.  Tastes and other preferences that we acquire when we are very young can shape our character and tastes, and stay with us for a long time.  Our brains can still be changed as adults.  It is much harder, but possible.   Neuroscientists are beginning to discover how.  And it is quite fascinating. 

As for me, I just know that 金華火腿五仁月餅 is good, very good.  Can I change my brain to like 冰皮月餅?  Probably, but I prefer not to, and I most likely won’t.


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