Yesterday I got a package with Mister Donut Pon de Lion moon cakes from Taiwan – right on time for Mid-Autumn Festival, which is dated September 27th in 2015. Many thanks to my friend who send them to me!
While she also supports my addiction for Mister Donut Products, she also helped me to get more interesting moon cakes other than the normal plain ones which can be bought in Chinese supermarkets all over the year. The moon cakes come in three different tastes: Matcha green tea with red bean paste and Mochi filling 抹茶紅豆麻糬 (green), Mango and Milk 芒果牛奶桃山 (yellow) and Cantonese style with red bean filling 廣式鳥豆沙 (brown).
They look cute, and taste like “normal” moon cakes: not too sweet and a little salty. So if you like moon cakes, just give them a try.
Aside from eating moon cakes, Mid-Autumn Festival is the only occasion aside from Chinese Lunar New Year, when we always meet up with Chinese friends, family and many other random Chinese, Hong Kongers and Taiwanese at a restaurant and celebrate together. The whole event is organized by the Austrian Association for Taiwanese Culture and Language. Everything comes down to people being happy that they can meet Chinese friends they only see once a year at the very same event. And eat together, A lot.
The last few years they handle the event as follow: you go there and pay the fee, which includes a drink and all you can eat. Furthermore, it also includes one lottery ticket, each with a different number. These lottery tickets are only needed after dinner.
So, after dinner, the hosts hold the lottery, with many different presents. While they prepared many household objects, like flower vases, flat irons, moon cakes or fruits, they also always bring gift certificates for super markets, and lai see (red envelopes) with money in it. And of course you always hope your number will not be drawn out of the head out of the champagne bucket when the price is only a shopping basket or outdated electronic gadgets. You are desperately hoping that your number will be drawn out when they hold up one of the few red envelopes filled with cash. This year, we both were lucky and one a cake mold (I wanted to buy soon anyway) and a 20 Euro coupon for an Asian supermarket nearby. So all in all you could say we both ate for free this year.
This year, about 180 people joined the event, about 15 Austrian guys, 3 Austrian women and many Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kongers. So as you can see, we Austrian girls are definitely shorthanded here! Oh, and just at the same event last year, I was asked if I was happy I could eat Austrian food at a Chinese/Taiwanese/Hong Kongnese event… Doh!
How do you celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival? Do you also join an event? And do you like moon cakes?
|Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節, also called Moon Festival, is celebrated in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam. It is a harvest festival similar to Thanksgiving and celebrates the end of the fall harvest. The festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon of the 15th of the eight month of the Chinese Han calendar, and is therefore celebrated between the beginning of September and early October.|