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The Best Mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival

New York The Serious Eats Team 18 comments

The Mid-Autumn Festival begins tomorrow, October 3rd, and for me and many other Asian people, that means it's time for a mooncake! The mooncakes that I am familiar with are Cantonese in origin. Circular or square cakes, with a thin outer skin and thick inner filling, they're usually composed of lotus seed, peanut, or red bean paste. Alternatively, you may have seen round and white cakes with a flaky exterior and red stamping on the surface. These mooncakes are more prevalent in the Suzhou region, yet not as easily found in the United States. More

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with Butt-Shaped Mooncakes

Robyn Lee 13 comments

[Image: G.O.D.] Mooncakes are the traditional pastries given out during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese holiday that this year lands on October 3, aka the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. Red Cook has a roundup of non-traditional mooncakes made for this popular holiday, such as coffee-flavored mooncakes from Starbucks, ice cream mooncakes from Häagen-Dazs, and...butt-shaped mooncakes? Hong Kong-based lifestyle goods store G.O.D. (stands for "Goods Of Desire") is behind this series of eight butt-shaped mooncakes for a different take on the word "moon." Related Grocery Ninja: Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival Weekend Excursion: Eat A Mooncake for Mid-Autumn Festival... More

Weekend Excursion: Eat A Mooncake for Mid-Autumn Festival

New York Gordon Mark 2 comments

Whole mooncake and a cross section. According to the Chinese calendar, Sunday is the Mid-Autumn Festival, the time of the year to celebrate the summer's abundant harvest. Celebrate the traditional way by getting a box of mooncakes! But what... More

Grocery Ninja: Mooncakes and the Mid-Autumn Festival

Wan Yan Ling 11 comments

The Grocery Ninja leaves no aisle unexplored, no jar unopened, no produce untasted. Creep along with her below, and read her past market missions here. I have often wondered how Western parents deal with restless kids at big family gatherings. You know, the huge, messy reunions that involve plane tickets, sitting for hours in bumper-to-bumper congestion, weeks of advance planning, and easy-listening music blaring everywhere. Before the days of PlayStations and DVDs, how did they ensure that les enfants terribles would be seen and not heard? In my family, the aunts and uncles would tell us 15 rascally cousins stories that, in hindsight, were calculated to keep us as still and quiet as possible. Tomorrow, on the 15th day of... More

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