Food: Mooncakes come wrapped in culture
(From China Daily)
As the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival approaches－this year celebrated on Sept 15－mooncakes are turning up all over China, from very traditional teashops to Starbucks counters.
The holiday is one of China’s four most important festivals, and in the weeks before the date arrives, top hotels get into the spirit with lavish treats in lovely packaging. Traditionally, the cookie-sized round pastry has a rich thick filling usually made from red-bean or lotus-seed paste and covered by a thin crust. It may also contain yolks from salted duck eggs, integrating a beautiful savory tinge into the sugary taste. Fillings and crusts have become more diverse over time, especially in the hands of skilled pastry chefs. Read more