Monday, October 15, 2007

Moon Cake!

The Chinese Moon Festival was celebrated recently. It is a mid-autumn celebration about abundance and togetherness.

Below is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

"The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year), and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
  • Eating moon cakes outside under the moon
  • Putting pomelo rinds on one's head
  • Carrying brightly lit lanterns
  • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e
  • Planting Mid-Autumn trees
  • Lighting lanterns on towers
  • Fire Dragon Dances"
My co-worker, June brought in some moon cakes for me to try. I've been wanting to try moon cake since I saw an episode about it on Chef at Large. Traditional moon cake consists of a filling made of lotus root paste with two cured egg yolks in the middle.

June brought in a modern version as well which is shown in the pictures. The filling is mocha flavoured! I preferred the modern version but both were delicious! The symbol on the moon cake represents the brand. The symbol shown in the yellow circle below is moon cake in Chinese!

Thanks for sharing your culture with me June! Happy Moon Festival everyone!
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