Last year before I'd ever tried a moon cake, I asked other Serious Eaters about their experiences with them. I can't find the link, but they're incredibly dense, rich little cakes (often including a salted duck egg) and they're eaten during the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival in September.
Last year I ordered a lotus seed paste one from Asian Food Grocer, but this year I'm going to seek out the real thing in Chinatown.
Are any other Serious Eaters going to partake in a moon cake this fall? What flavors do you reccomend? Also: Why are they so goddamn expensive?