Fuchow moon cakes intrigued me from the first time I saw them cooling in the doorway of a wholesale bakery. Compared with a Cantonese moon cake, they're much flatter and broader; mine ($2) measured about six inches across. During the days leading up to the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, many similar locally made moon cakes could be found on the southern and eastern fringes of Manhattan's Chinatown.
This was one of the few with an English-language label; it included the name Fuchow, an old-school transliteration for Fuzhou, the capital of the Chinese province of Fujian. In addition to various familiar baked-goods additives, the label listed pork fat, peanuts, sesame seeds, scallions, and egg yolk. It seemed as calorie-heavy as a typical Cantonese moon cake, but in a lardy, savory, less elegant way. Perhaps one of its larger, deep-dish fellows would have featured more-interesting add-ins.
My sense is that the Fujianese proprietor herself makes few if any of the wares at this stoopline operation. That said, on an earlier visit I found at least one treasure among the unbranded items: pastries filled with sweet potato, crushed peanut, and some cryptic candied-looking tidbits (two for $1.50). You'll recognize them by the deep indentation on top.
Chinese snacks table
Outside the subway station, northeast corner of Chrystie St. and Grand St., Manhattan