It’s almost that time of year again: the Mid-Autumn Festival. Because the Mid-Autumn Festival follows the lunar calendar, it falls on a different date each year. This year, it will be celebrated on September 12, 2011. It’s been a yearly tradition for me on this blog to do a little post about the holiday.
There isn’t as much celebration of the holiday in the US, though there may be some local lantern festivals. The holiday is observed most commonly through buying and eating mooncakes. Traditional mooncakes are baked in round and square molds with beautiful patterns. The cake consists of a thin brown layer which is filled with various sweet flavored fillings like red bean, lotus paste, green tea, pineapple.
The most expensive flavor usually is a lotus paste with double egg yolks. I’m not quite sure why the salted egg yolks are so prized but mooncakes containing them cost quite a bit more than the other flavors of mooncakes.
Mooncakes are very sweet and so are usually served with a pot of tea. While browsing through food blogs, I actually came across several food bloggers who baked their own mooncakes. It actually doesn’t look too hard but the problem is I don’t have the right mold shapes. I tried searching for them, but couldn’t find any sources other than online ones. If anyone knows of any, please let me know.
Hopefully next year I can attempt making my own. Mooncakes can be found at your local asian grocery store. They are usually sold in beautifully decorated boxes which you can then use for other things. In Asia, there are a lot more variety of mooncakes. Each year, it seems that bakers attempt to make them nicer, prettier, and more expensive. But in the US, I’ve only seen the traditional ones.