As the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, approaches on Sept. 27., people around the world are falling back in love with their kitchens (or local bakeries) as they snap up mooncakes and other delicious ways to celebrate the harvest.
Honoured primarily by Chinese and Vietnamese people, the holiday coincides with the full moon at the end of September or beginning of October each year. It centres around the idea of coming together with family, being thankful for what the earth has brought, and honouring the moon. It's also based on a legend of a heartbreaking love story.
As such, the most famous of all delicacies for the holiday is the spectacular mooncake, which traditionally comes decorated with the words for "harmony" or "longevity" on top, or decorated with flowers and leaves. Made with pastry, a bean filling and an egg yolk inside, recently chefs have become more daring in their inventions, creating moon cakes that look similar to macarons or tiny works of art.
Just be careful how many of these little guys you pop into your mouth — according to Raffles Hospital in Singapore, one mooncake can easily be 700 calories.
Of course, that shouldn't prevent you from enjoying the holiday. After all, the Mid-Autumn Festival comes along but once a year! So take a look at all the options out there.
There's the classic:
Filled with red bean paste:
Golden pig mooncakes, which are popular in Vietnam:
And those flavours! A white lotus and coconut filling in a fall motif:
Inventive tastes that just happen to be stunning:
Yes, mooncake comes in chocolate too:
And green tea:
And red velvet:
In Japan, where the festival is known as Tsukimi, dango (dumplings made from rice flour) are eaten, roasted over a fire:
Or perhaps a banana dipped in chocolate is more your speed:
Some (talented) people prefer to make mooncake pudding (complete with extra colours):
And occasionally, they get a dose of glitter:
And then of course there's the pomelo, a citrus fruit that gets its own decorations on its skin:
You had to guess there'd be at least one Minion:
They're even adorable once they're opened:
Mooncakes might even come in the form of fruit, so you can pretend you're eating something healthy:
Or watercolour bliss:
Though the celebration of eating isn't confined to sugar. So much goodness on sticks!
Even designers are getting in on the action:
And sometimes, they're almost too pretty to eat (almost):
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival
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