Moon Cake Festival

I am reminded that  Moon Cake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is soon here with the display of moon cakes and lanterns in all the shopping malls. This year it falls on 8th September 2014 which coincides with the fifteenth day of the eight month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

I have already had my share of moon cakes. My son gave us a box with four moon cakes, plain lotus paste, lotus paste with single and double egg yolk. The egg yolk used is from duck eggs. Have you ever wondered what they do with all the egg whites since only the egg yolks are used?

This pastry is really very sweet and. I can only manage a small piece at a time together with some hot Chinese tea. My favorite is the ones with lotus paste with egg yolk, a double egg yolk if you please.

When I was growing up, children were often given moon cakes which had no paste filling. They were often made into different shapes. Popular shapes were those of fish, chicken and various animals. They are not so common these days. I saw some of these in the mall the other day.

Ienjoy the snow skin moon cake as well. The different pastel colors makes a beautiful presentation. They are great to eat too,with the chilled moon cake making it taste a bit like the mochi.

Of course Moon Cake Festival would not be complete without the lanterns. The latest additions include the minions of course. Any child who has collected the full range of minions during the McDonald campaign would love to have a minion lantern too.

I love the traditional ones made with colored paper stretched tightly over a frame of bamboo sticks. A candle in the middle lights up the lantern beautifully.  Little kids have a choice of lanterns ranging from flying horses,

fish lantern, rabbit lantern, etc.

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