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Mid-Autumn Festival

weather: sunny
outside: 17.4°C
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Today is the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, the 15th day of the 8th moon of the year. We've been trading mooncakes and pomelos with family and friends all week... hoping we've kept the bookkeeping straight so that we haven't given someone their own gift bag back =P =}

It's just way too expensive and overwhelming to buy mooncakes for everyone and end up with a whole pile of mooncakes given to us that we'll never finish because they're insanely sweet (comparable to baklava sweet) and we couldn't eat very much at a time anyway. We buy one or two boxes for family and let the rest be from gifts that we're given. In our circle of friends, practicality and not having perfectly good food go to waste is a bigger concern for everyone, so we don't mind being given a gift that has been passed around.

It's just 意思意思, a token of respect and remembrance.

But while I was Google'ing around for pics, I found these [500x938; 60K each] ridiculously fancy gourmet mooncake-inspired lotus seed paste desserts:

They were originally from http://www.eatworld.org (and have since disappeared after I saved the pics), but that site is dog slow for me and I couldn't read to actually find the feature on the site.

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yueni
Sep. 18th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh sigh. 中秋节. I'm not a fan of the fancy sweets and goodies. I just like the plain old mooncakes with lotus seed paste. Maybe even the ones with the egg yolk in them, but that's it. =) I kind of miss celebrating it, and probably would have forgotten all about it if you hadn't posted.

Well, I don't have family here with me, so it's kind of pointless right now, anyway.
bride
Sep. 18th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
Heh, I like the egg yolks best because they're not sweet =)
(Anonymous)
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Haha, I like the egg yolk ones too because they lower the average sweetness of the mooncake. Living in Taiwan means mooncakes and pomelos are EVERYWHERE. I went out and bought a single small mooncake (maybe 5" diameter?) as a gift for my aunt when we went over for dinner last night ... and left with a mooncake, a pomelo, and more little pineapple cake desserts. And then everyone else I know is trying to give me their mooncakes because they have too many. And our company gave each employee a lovely gift box with mooncakes, pineapple cakes, fruit jellos, etc.

Today is like Mooncake Boxing Day. Everything is discounted. :-)

Say, isn't there a version of the mooncake with red bean paste inside? I liked those ones.

Ben (concept.blogspot.com)
bride
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
Hahaha, Mooncake Boxing Day XD

I'm sure there is a red bean paste version... afterall, there's a mung bean (綠荳) type. I've never heard of anyone having _sweet_ mung bean before I met W's family and found out it's a Taiwan thing. =)
ducks
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
Ugh, I hate the yolk!! But I also think the lotus paste is too sweet so I can only eat a quarter at a time. There are ones here (in HK, and probably in BC as well) with 6 yolks. You can have those. :P
bride
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
Aigh! 6??!! =O =O
grey_archangel
Sep. 18th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh those look wonderful. The egg one looks rather interesting.

Happy mid-autumn celebration ^_^
bride
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
karinakarina
Sep. 19th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
I liked biting into it and getting part of the yolk because the saltiness balanced out the sweet part. I used to date a guy from Taiwan and he's save a couple of mooncakes for me.
bride
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
Even then, it's really really sweet =P =}
karinakarina
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
But I have sugar running through my veins, so very few things are "too sweet" for me. =p
retrospeck
Sep. 19th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
wow, fancy mooncakes.

I actually don't like the egg, believe it or not. I just like the sweet stuff. and i think i'd rather have a really nice, normal mooncake than one of these ones. i like it with the lotus paste stuff as opposed to the red bean paste.

i'm so unhealthy... haha
bride
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
Haha, you and I should get together and trade lotus paste for egg =D
axiem
Sep. 19th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
Our Mid-Autumn Festival was nice...except we ran out of food before I got there, and there was too much cloud cover to see the moon. And it rained (with a little hail).

But the mooncakes were good!
kat_box
Sep. 19th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
so we don't mind being given a gift that has been passed around.

I guess that's almost like the Chinese version of our fruitcake. ;)

Although I am not a fan of mooncakes at all, those above really do look quite pretty. :)
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