Friday, October 2, 2009

The Sweet Mooncake.

Just today we received another mooncake from our Chinese friends. I'm really not a big fan of this delicacy, but I can tell that the one we received today taste deliciously good. It was like a tasty bread with different sweet fillings inside.

But do you really have an idea why they call this thing a moon cake? I mean why not sunny cake? or why not sweet bread? Chinese bread? The moon cake is related to the mid-autumn festival that Chinese and Taiwanese usually celebrates around August of the Lunar Calendar. Tomorrow my students and the rest of the Chinese people will celebrate this big important festival. In Taiwan they usually spend their time having a barbecue from afternoon til evening. And yes they usually buy and give moon cakes to each one another.

Well, I'm not a researcher or anything but based on my students this festival is one of the 3 most important holidays to the Chinese/Taiwanese. Moon cakes are made of salted egg yolks with different sweet fillings. Well before it used to be just the plain round bread with Chinese characters on it. But now it has different varieties, shapes and flavors. And it also comes with different and very artistic boxes and packaging.

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