It’s coming up to that time of year in China – Mid-Autumn Festival (aka Moon Festival). I did a post on this two years ago while I was living in Hunan province: Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival
This year, the holiday falls on September 30th.
Teacher’s Day just passed, and this year, I received two gift cards that I am able to redeem for moon cakes.
Now there are okay moon cakes, and there nasty moon cakes. And this has nothing to do with how expensive they are. It is just my Western taste preferences. These pastries are filled with a variety of things. Some have a fruity filling, which will fall at the ‘okay’ end of my scale. Some have nuts and meat in them, which can be hit or miss. And some have a strange meat mixture with a hard lump of egg yolk in them. These are the nasty ones. They also vary in size.
Regardless, if you receive/buy some higher quality ones (again, these can be nasty), they will be very nicely packaged, and the sculpting of the pastry itself can be quite lovely. Check out one of my ritzy boxes below. (I sampled and I will be giving the remainder of the cakes to the security guards manning the gates of my apartment complex.)