The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up soon on September 19, and you know what that means: IT'S MOONCAKE TIME. Yes, time for this traditional Chinese delicacy of thick pucks of sweet, dense seed or nut paste with cores of salted egg yolk, wrapped in thin pastry skins imprinted with Chinese characters and intricate designs.
At least, that's the kind I grew up eating. But that version, the Cantonese version, is just one of many kinds of mooncakes, as I found out after walking this video guide to mooncakes from Off the Great Wall. In the video, host Carmen describes the wide variety of mooncakes found in different regions of China and beyond—traditional mooncakes with flaky crusts, shortbread-like crusts, and savory fillings, and non-traditional mooncakes made with glutinous rice, gelatin, ice cream, and more.
What's your favorite kind of mooncake?
- The Best Mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival
- Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Butt-Shaped Mooncakes
- Video: Dim Sum Guide from Off the Great Wall
About the author: Robyn Lee is the editor of A Hamburger Today and takes many of the photos for Serious Eats. She'll also doodle cute stuff when necessary. Read more from Robyn at her personal food blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything.