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How to Make your own Mooncakes!

Mooncakes are a vital part of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a Chinese lunar celebration that’s existed for thousands of years. The ancient emperors used to worship the moon in autumn. Afterwards, people would pay tribute to the bright moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the lunar calendar’s eighth month – when the moon is thought to be at its brightest.

SBS Food’s Angie Cui shares her recipe for Mooncakes below.

Lotus mooncakes with salted egg yolks

Makes 10-12 mini mooncakes

Mooncakes are indispensable during the Mid-Autumn festival. A full moon symbolises prosperity and family reunions.

Ingredients

Dough

60 g golden syrup (you can substitute with maple syrup)
¼ tsp lye water (also known as alkaline water, kansui, or potassium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate solution)
2 tsp vegetable oil
¼ cup cake flour (if not available, substitute with 1 cup of plain flour)

Filling

10 salted egg yolks (you can vary the filling and use half the yolks and more lotus paste if you prefer)
220 g store-bought lotus paste or red bean paste

1. To make the dough, place the golden syrup, lye water, and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl and mix together.
2.  Add flour to the bowl and mix until it forms a pebbly dough and the ingredients have combined.
3. Cover the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
4. To make each mooncake filling, create a small ball around 35g or 2 tsp–2½ tsp in size, by enveloping each salted egg yolk with a layer of lotus paste. Roll into a ball. Set aside.
5. For each mooncake, scoop about 1 tsp of dough and roll it between two plastic sheets, so it’s around 8 to 9 cm in diameter.
6. Place a ball of filling in the centre and fold the dough around the ball. Gently push, press, and squeeze the dough, holding the ball securely in your palm, until the dough gradually covers the ball of filling. The firmer your filling, the easier this will be.
7. Place the mooncake ball into your mould and turn it upright on your surface. Press the plunger down onto the mooncake until you feel resistance – this imprints the decorative pattern onto the dough. Lift the mooncake mould off the table and use the plunger to push the mooncake out.
8. When you finish forming the mooncakes, bake them at 180˚C for 6-8 minutes until the surface starts to firm up.
9. Remove the mooncakes from the oven and brush the surface of each mooncake with egg wash.
10. Bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.
11. Remove the cake from the oven to cool at room temperature.
12. Transfer the mooncakes to an airtight container and keep for 2-3 days, so the pastry softens and develops a glossy sheen before serving.

Note: Salted egg yolks and lotus paste can be found at Asian grocers and select supermarkets (lotus paste is available in different flavours – including green tea).

Source: https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2020/09/27/how-make-your-own-mooncakes

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Temporary Trading Hours

Some Marina Square retailers are open for reduced hours while Covid-19 Restrictions apply. Please see below for any changes.

Akira Sushi Normal Trading Hours
Billbergia Sales Office Normal Trading Hours
Bosphorus Turkish Street Food Normal Trading Hours
Bulpan 12:00pm – 7:30pm
Burger Point 11.00am – 8.30pm 7 days a week
Chatime Normal Trading Hours
Chicken V 11:30am – 8:30pm
Coles 7:00am – 8.30pm 7 days a week
Harbourside Health As per usual
Kyo-Ya CLOSED temporarily
Lab Kitchen Mon – Sat 7.00am –  8.00pm Sun 7.00am – 5.00pm
Leaf Café Normal Trading Hours
Marina Square Butcher Normal Trading Hours
Marina Square Seafood 9.00am – 8.00pm 7 days a week
Mimo 11.00am – 9.30pm 7 days a week
Miss Specs Appeal Normal Trading Hours
Pho Joy 11:00am  -7:30pm
Priceline Pharmacy Normal Trading Hours
Roll House Normal Trading Hours
Rose Espresso Normal Trading Hours
Smelly Cheescake Normal Trading Hours
Supercharged News Normal Trading Hours
The Dancing Bear 12.00pm – 8.30pm 7 days a week
Wentworth Point Laundromat Normal Trading Hours
Zetciti 8.00am – 8.00pm 7 days a week
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Covid 19 Update // 13 August 2021

We have been informed by NSW Heath that customers who have tested positive for COVID-19 visited Marina Square as follows:

Saturday 31 July
* Coles between 5:05pm and 5:35pm
* Leaf Café between 8.45am and 9.00am

Wednesday 4 August
* Akira Sushi between 11.15am and 11.20am.
* Coles between 11:05am and 11:20am
* Priceline Pharmacy between 11.00am and 11.10am

Friday 6 August
* Rose Espresso between 9.15am and 9.30am
* Priceline Pharmacy between 9.25am and 9.50am

Saturday 7 August
* Coles between 12.50pm and 1.50pm

NSW Health have advised that people visiting these stores during this period have been identified as a casual contact. In line with current NSW Health recommendations, anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

We wish to assure you that the health and safety of our customers remains our primary consideration and we are increasing the frequency of the antibacterial cleaning of touchpoints and surfaces within the centre .

We remain open for your everyday shopping needs however we recommend all customers to please wear a mask. We ask all customers if they are feeling unwell to remain at home and get tested.

We recommend that all customers keep up to date with the advice of NSW Health via their website or through the NSW Government COVID-19 website:
NSW Health – www.health.nsw.gov.au
NSW Government COVID-19 – https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
If you wish to speak to someone, you can call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

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Covid 19 Update // 09 August 2021

We have been informed by NSW Heath that a customer who has tested positive for COVID-19 visited Marina Square on Saturday 31 July.

The customer visited:

* Leaf Cafe between 8.45am and 9.00am.

* Coles between 5:05pm and 5:35pm.

NSW Health have advised that people visiting these stores during this period have been identified as a casual contact. In line with current NSW Health recommendations, anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

We wish to assure you that the health and safety of our customers remains our primary consideration and we are increasing the frequency of the antibacterial cleaning of touchpoints and surfaces within the centre .We remain open for your everyday shopping needs however we recommend all customers to please wear a mask. We ask all customers if they are feeling unwell to remain at home and get tested.

We recommend that all customers keep up to date with the advice of NSW Health via their website or through the NSW Government COVID-19 website:

NSW Health – www.health.nsw.gov.au

NSW Government COVID-19 – https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

If you wish to speak to someone, you can call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

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Covid 19 Update // 28 July 2021

We have been informed by NSW Heath that a customer who has tested positive for COVID-19 visited Marina Square on Saturday 24 July.

The customer visited:
* Coles between 9:15am and 10:05am.
* Smelly Cheesecake between 9.25am and 9.35am.

NSW Health have advised that people visiting these stores during this period have been identified as a casual contact. In line with current NSW Health recommendations, anyone who attended this venue is a casual contact and must get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in last 4 days, you must get another test on day 5 from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

We wish to assure you that the health and safety of our customers remains our primary consideration and a full deep clean of the centre will be conducted following this incident.

We remain open for your everyday shopping needs however we recommend all customers to please wear a mask. We ask all customers if they are feeling unwell to remain at home and get tested.

We recommend that all customers keep up to date with the advice of NSW Health via their website or through the NSW Government COVID-19 website:

NSW Health – www.health.nsw.gov.au

NSW Government COVID-19 – https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

If you wish to speak to someone, you can call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

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Easter Fun at Marina Square

Saturday 3 April

Kids Workshop: Create a Marshmallow Bunny and Decorate an Easter Egg biscuit.

The workshop will be located on Level One, there is no need to book.

11.00am – 2.00pm

 

Saturday 3 April

Meet the Easter Bunny

10.00am – 10.30am, 11.00am-11.30am, 12.00pm-12.30pm

 

Sunday 4 April

Easter Sunday Sweet Station.

Visit Marina Square on Easter Sunday for brunch or lunch and enjoy a sweet treat from our Easter themed lolly cart.

11.00am – 2.00pm

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Lunar New Year Art Activation

WATCH AS ARTIST CHRISTINA HUNYH PAINTS A MURAL HONOURING LNY, USING A LIFE SIZED OX STATUE AS HER CANVAS.

Christina will be painting a mural combining elements of her eastern and western heritage. Christina’s piece will combine fish and florals in a tribute to her mother, born in the Year of the Ox, to represent abundance, good luck and prosperity.

Christina will be painting on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February.

See our blank Ox below.

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Halloween at Marina Square

Halloween is slowly creeping up on us this month and we are ready to have a spooktacular time at Marina Square. We have a range of scary, sweet and killer creative ideas to celebrate Halloween on 31 October – so gather a few friends and enjoy the festivities!

Complete your Halloween costume this year with a face full of Priceline make-up. They have tutorials for all types of monsters, whether you want to use sparkles and glitter to transform into a magical unicorn or you prefer to go underground with a deadly skull face. Shop all the necessities in-store at Marina Square and that Halloween costume will be complete.

Get spooky in the kitchen with a Halloween platter from Coles. With mandarin jack-o-lanterns, apple monsters with sharp carrot teeth, and bat corn chips in a guacamole swamp you’re likely to scare even the toughest of Halloween veterans. But don’t let looks deceive you, everything will be tasty on the inside.

Celebrating Halloween can be thirsty work. Liquorland is bringing five spooktacular cocktails back from the grave. Swim in a Swampy Blue Lagoon or try the oldest known alcoholic drink that originated from China made of rice, grapes, honey and berries. Pick your favourite from the list and grab your ingredients in store. Drink responsibly.

For the ultimate Halloween party, watch this crafty tutorial on how to transform all those left-over toilet rolls from 2020 into a family of spooky monsters, mummies, witches and wizards, creepy crawlies, black cats and ghosts. This will keep the children entertained while you watch the scariest Halloween movies. If you need extra pencils or paper, head into Supercharged News for stationery and basic craft supplies.

Halloween may be a bit different this year, but you can still use  Trick or Treat Me to find other families who also want to trick or treat in the area, as well as houses that will be decorated. It is important to follow COVIDSafe guidelines, make others feel comfortable and be respectful of space.

Now it’s time to find your costume, shake up a cocktail and get those Halloween ideas set in motion! You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out how our stores and services will be celebrating Halloween this year.

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Treats for Mum

Mother’s Day is this Sunday 10 May, and we know it may be a little different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate.

If you’re a last-minute planner, we’ve got a few special ways to treat Mum this Mother’s Day at Marina Square. Read our list below for ideas and inspiration.

Buy her coffee or breakfast from LAB Kitchen or Leaf Café. Order her favourite brunch dish and coffee. Pick it up in-store or have it delivered! Extra points if you deliver her breakfast in bed and take care of the clean-up too.

Buy her a special gift from Rose Espresso Florist, Priceline Pharmacy or Supercharged News. Whether it’s a bouquet of roses, a new candle or her favourite lipstick, we’ve got you covered. A little token of your appreciation can go a long way!

Buy her lunch or dinner from Hiew Thai, Masuya Suisan, Bulpan Korean BBQ, Bosphorus Turkish Street Food, Pho Joy or Mimo. We have worldwide cuisine to tingle her tastebuds. Order her favourite cuisine and let us take care of dinner.

Cook her something special with Marina Square Seafood, Marina Square Butcher and Zetciti. Our speciality stores have all the ingredients you need to pull off a family style feast.

Prepare afternoon tea with Smelly Cheesecake and Liquorland. Pick up your cakes from Smelly Cheesecake and buy a bottle of Champagne from Liquorland. Make some tea and sandwiches and you’re all set.

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Community Grooves

Join Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library for an afternoon of free world music from across Western Sydney. Celebrate the diversity, culture and music of our local area live in the forecourt every Sunday afternoon.

The musician line-up across the four concerts includes the following performers:

The Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra
Worlds Collide
Shohrat Tursun Trio

Dates:

Sunday 16 February

Sunday 1 March

Sunday 8 March

Sunday 22 March