Lanterns light up the busy streets of Hong Kong. Image via CNNGo.
One of Asia’s biggest celebrations is the Mid-Autumn Festival. This is a popular harvest festival celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month. This year, Mid-Autumn Festival will be from September 11 to October 10. Mid-Autumn is celebrated throughout Asia, particularly in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.
Aside from colourful lanterns that light up the city streets, bazaars and dragon dances, the mooncake is a much-loved Mid-Autumn Festival fixture. (After all, Mid-Autumn Festival is also popularly referred to as Mooncake Festival.) Mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, with rich filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste. Mooncakes are usually eaten with Chinese tea and are traditionally presented as gifts to relatives and business clients.
The mooncake is a Mid-Autumn Festival favorite. Image via CNNGo.
True to Asian ingenuity, the mooncake recipe has evolved over the years. Mooncakes are now available in a variety of flavours from sweet like chocolate to more savoury flavour like chicken floss. If you have a more sophisticated palette, we found a caviar filling!
In preparation for Mid-Autumn festival, we are searching far and wide for the best and most unusual mooncake flavours and recipes. Share with us where we can find the best and most unusual mooncakes in Asia or if you have a special mooncake family tradition, share with us on our Facebook page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this post. We’d love to hear from you!