Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mid Autumn Festival / Mooncake festival

Anyone know the story behind of the moon cake @ mid Autumn Festival? Let's google and see what is the story behind this Chinese festival...


This festival is also known as the Moon Cake Festival because a special kind of sweet cake (yueh ping)prepared in the shape of the moon and filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds and duck eggs is served as a traditional Chung Chiu delicacy. Nobody actually knows when the custom of eating moon cake of celebrate the Moon Festival began, but one relief traces its origin to the 14th century. At the time, China was in revolt against the Mongols. Chu Yuen-chang, and his senior deputy, Liu Po-wen, discussed battle plan and developes a secret moon cake strategy to take a certain walled city held by the Mongol enemy. Liu dressed up as a Taoist priest and entered the besieged city bearing moon cake. He distributed these to the city's populace. When the time for the year's Chung Chiu festival arrived, people opened their cakes and found hidden messages advising them to coordinate their uprising with the troops outside. Thus, the emperor-to-be ingeniously took the city and his throne. Moon cake of course, became even more famous. Whether this sweet Chinese version of ancient Europe's "Trojan Horse" story is true, no one really known. (captured from RegiTour - Chinese Mid Autumn Festival or Moon Cake Festival)

So, do you discover any hidden message inside your moon cake?

BTW, my dad's business friend has given us a box with nicely decorated with Chinese traditional outlook... what is this box about... let's see what is inside?

The Chinese style box outlook

Front art of the Chinese Style Box

So What is inside the box, hehehe.... if you relate to my blog title, by now you should be able to guess what is inside the box...

Six mooncakes stored inside the box

One of the mooncake in closer look

The mooncakes are just so so in term of taste... I still prefered those traditional favorite.. Lotus with duck eggs and Mix nuts. What is your favorite mooncake, care to share with us? ...

Happy Moon Cake Festival

17 comments:

Joshua said...

Those box are super nice eh!

bluesoul said...

the packaging probably cost as much as the mooncake itself. So not green...LOL

[SK] said...

wow, this is a super duper nice packaging!! even after finishing the mooncake can still keep that box, haha.. happy mid autumn to you.. :)

Jerry said...

I love the Ice-Skin mooncake... Dunno if its the correct term in English... The skin which is green colour and put in refrigerator one... Haha and Lotus with one egg york.. Sweet ~~~

vincent said...

so high class packing eh, love the ori flavour-- "black beans" 黑豆沙

Danny said...

my fav is the traditional pure lotus paste n egg yolk.. dun really like those new inventions...lol
merry kuih bulan :)

Evann said...

I like the egg yolks. Dunneed the moon cake. Hahahh! :P

Btw, Ive always wondered what happens to those mooncake boxes after the celebration~

Gratitude said...

Lotus and egg yolk, or juz plain lotus is my choice, no fancy commercial stuff. I guess I'm a traditionalist "cina" lolz

Happy celebrating ya!
+Ant+
p/s too bad you wont be able to make it to tomorrow. :( We'll juz hv to eat ur share! lolz

Mei Teng said...

Happy feasting! :)

Twilight Zone said...

I want! I want! I mean the box....

uLi.佑莉 said...

Very nice box of mooncakes :)

William said...

Packaging is more important than taste these days...

Medie007 said...

wah... so lavish...

pikey said...

I really like the box presentation! It's nice!

Happy Mid Autumn Festival to you too.

wenn said...

hi..happy mooncake festival..

cc said...

The packaging for mooncakes just get better every year! I think i like the packaging more than the content! :P
A belated mid-autumn greeting to you.

TZ said...

Joshua: yup.. I agreed with you. :)

Bluesoul: errrr... not cost as much but also not cheap... how much ... I have no idea ;-)

[SK]: my mum is keeping the box now... don't know what she wanna to do with the box.

Jerry: me too... :-)

Vincent: Black bean is not my cup of tea... :p

Danny: Me too ... I don't really into those latest inventions ... some is so sweet.

Evann: hahaha... next time we give you the egg :p Errrr... not sure ... it's with my mom now. I meant the box.

Gratitude: i wish to attend the dinner ... unfortunately i could not make it ... enjoy!

Mei Teng: Happy feasting to you too :)

Twilight Zone: hehehe... sorry the box is taken :p

uLi.佑莉: my dad's business friends gave this as a gift... indeed this is a nice box :p

William: too sad to say that ... i was looking back those day which much more nicer mooncake than packaging.

Medie007: hehehe :p

pikey: me too...

Wenn: Thanks for dropping by my blog :) Same to you too.

cc: hahaha... are we eating the packaging or the mooncake .... :p