Saturday, October 03, 2009

月餅節 the mooncake festival

It's mid-autumn festival! Or I just called it mooncake festival since I am not doing anything else beside eating mooncake in North America!

傳統月餅: 白蓮蓉, 棗泥, 栗子
Traditional Cantonese mooncakes with lotus seeds, dates, chestnuts fillings

抹茶卑鄙(冰皮)月餅: 紫薯和紅豆味
Chilled matcha mooncakes with purple yam and red beans fillings. The yellow thing in the middle is salty egg yolk, the most important ingredient in traditional mooncake

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, Zhongqiu Festival(中秋節), is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people and Vietnamese people (even though they celebrate it differently), dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty. In Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice, 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 pomelos together.

Source from Wikipedia

Being such a historic festival, of course there are stories/legends about it, check them out at wikipedia.

This is my first time on making the traditional mooncakes, it's actually easier than I thought. They aren't as flavourful as the store brought ones, since I used the precooked salty egg yolks. I will probably use fresh ones next year ;)

This year, I prepared purple yam, dates, chestnut, taro, red bean, mung bean, and the traditional lotus seed fillings. Purple yam wins my love this year. It's flavourful, it's soft and tasty, and of course the nice vivid purple color. Date is my second favourite! Homemade date filling is awesome, love it so much!

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