Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with dances, feasting and moon gazing, putting pomelo rinds on one's head, carrying brightly lit lanterns, and most of all, eating the traditional food of this festival, mooncakes, and there is a wide array to choose from.
Celebration with Mooncakes
While baked goods are a common feature at most Chinese moon cake festival celebrations, mooncakes are inextricably linked with the Moon festival. One type of traditional mooncake is filled with lotus seed paste. Around the size of a human palm, these mooncakes are quite filling and meant to be sliced diagonally in quarters and passed around.
This explains their rather steep price (around $5.00 in Canada) and its high calories. The salty yolk in the middle, which is found in “traditional” mooncakes (different varieties and flavours have sprung up in recent years) represents the full moon, and is an acquired taste.
While mooncake took up to four weeks to make in the past, technology has speeded up the process considerably. Today, mooncakes may be filled with everything from dates, nuts, and fruit to Chinese sausages. More exotic creations include green tea mooncakes, and ping pei or snowskin mooncakes, a Southeast Asian variation made with cooked glutinous rice flour.