Have You Ever Eaten Mooncakes?
Posted 03 October 2006 - 07:27 PM
Two snapshots here:
It's already midnight here. I'll check it tomorrow.
Posted 03 October 2006 - 08:07 PM
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Posted 03 October 2006 - 08:53 PM
Posted 04 October 2006 - 06:15 AM
That's an entry about mooncakes in Wikipedia. I will post a Chinese essay about the origins and legends of Mid-Autumn Festival later.
Mooncake ( ; ; ) is a Chinese confection that is traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, although they can be eaten at other times of the year as well. Typical mooncakes are either round or rectangular puck shaped pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4-5 cm thick. They have a relatively thin crust (2-3 mm), which surrounds a thick pasty filling and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are typically rich, heavy and dense compared with most Western cakes and pastries. It is usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea.
There are many flavors. Some mooncakes are filled with sweetened bean paste, some with mince, etc. That's too difficult to translate into English. You have to try it yourself. Since Mid-autumn Festival (Moon Festival, Mooncake Festival, or the August Moon Festival) is a very important traditional Chinese festival, I guess mooncakes are also available in the Chinese communities abroad or Chinese shops.
How they taste? A similar taste?
Yes, take a look at this one:
And does The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival have web-site????
I want to see other "exhibits"
Click one of the icons and you will see its products. Of course, some of the brands might look quite familiar to you.
Edited by Jingtian, 04 October 2006 - 06:22 AM.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 05:46 PM
There are two legends which claim to explain the tradition of eating mooncakes. One Tang Dynasty myth holds that the earth once had 10 suns circling it. One day all 10 suns appeared at once, scorching the planet with their heat. It was thanks to a skillful archer named Hou Yi that the earth was saved. He shot down all but one of the suns. As his reward, the Heavenly Queen Mother gave Hou Yi the Elixir of Immortality, but she warned him that he must use it wisely. Hou Yi ignored her advice and, corrupted by fame and fortune, became a tyrannical leader. Chang'e, his beautiful wife, could no longer stand by and watch him abuse him power so she stole his Elixir and fled to the moon to escape his angry wrath. And thus began the legend of the beautiful woman in the moon, the Moon Fairy.
The second legend has it that during the Yuan Dynasty, an underground group led by Zhu Yuangzhang was determined to rid the country of Mongolian dominance. The moon cake was created to carry a secret message. When the cake was opened and the message read, an uprising was unleashed which successfully routed the Mongolians. It happened at the time of the full moon, which, some say, explains why mooncakes are eaten at this time.
Mooncakes are not for the diet-conscious as they are loaded with calories. The best way to wash down one of these sticky cakes is with a cup of Chinese tea, especially jasmine or chrysanthemum tea, which aids the digestion.
Yuan Dynasty: 1271-1368 AD
Mid-Autumn Festival falls on August 15th on the Chinese lunar calendar each year.
For more information, you can search "中秋节" in Chinese, "Mid-Autumn Festival" in English, or "das Mondfest" in German or "праздник Луны" in Russian.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 09:43 PM
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Edited by FadeToBlack, 05 October 2006 - 02:58 PM.
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