Today is Chinese Mid-autumn festival (aka the Moon Festival).
It’s one of the few most important holidays for Chinese families. It’s the day that family members and friends gather together to celebrate, eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon and enjoy family time.
While lived in China at my younger age, I remember going to grandma’s place with my little red lantern and a handfull moon cakes.
Starbucks Moon Cake
I love moon cake. Back in the old days, moon cakes were made in a traditional style, fillings were limited to Lotus seed paste, Sweet red bean paste, Five kernel (walnuts, pumpkin seeds,watermelon seeds, peanuts sesame, or almonds). Today, innovation has brought more ingredients to moon cake such as green tea, coffee , chocolate, fruits and nuts.
My favorite one is lotus seed paste with yolks from salted duck eggs, and snowskin mooncakes or iceskin mooncakes (non-baked, chilled mooncakes come with two types of crusts including glutinous rice and Jelly.)
Now, living in the U.S, although I don’t see bold red lantern on the street, or long lines waiting at stores for moon cakes, I’m excited to celebrate the festival with my family and eat moon cakes under the moon together. Family is just so important for me.
Hello Kitty Ice-skin Moon Cake