Have you ever tried a mooncake? If you haven’t, you might find them in a local Chinatown grocery store in the seasonal section. If you’re in China you can find fun new flavors in a Starbucks or a Haagendaas. If you want the traditional and authentic, you can find great 荣华月饼 /róng huá yuè bĭng/ and 美心冰皮 /měi xīn bīng pí/ in stores or online as well. Have a bite under the moon on Thursday or Friday night. Do get them with coffee or tea, because they ARE terribly, terribly sweet.
八月十五 /bā yuè shí wǔ/ is a day when moonlight is supposed to be the most stunning. A 圆月 /yuán yuè/ full moon conveys the idea of 团圆 /tuán yuán/ reunion. Therefore people usually celebrate today with their family.
月饼 /yuè bĭng/ mooncakes are special desserts shaped like a full moon. Mooncakes are so representative that people nicknamed today as 月饼节 /yuè bĭng jié/ #MooncakeDay. There are a few traditional flavors:
莲蓉 /lián róng/ (mashed red lotus seeds)
蛋黄莲蓉 /dàn huáng lián róng/ (last one with a duck egg yoke)
五仁 /wǔ rén/ (assorted nuts)
枣泥 /zǎo ní/ (date paste)
冰皮 /bīng pí/ google these! they’re pretty.
豆沙 /dòu shā/ (red bean paste)
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