Moon cakes and snacks abound each year in the weeks leading up to the Mid-Autumn Festival. Many of these products were made weeks ago and imported from around the world. If you live in the United States, finding fresh produce to celebrate this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival can be very difficult. Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with family and friends or just looking for great traditional Chinese food, stick around for fall recipes and tips.
Traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is an important holiday in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and is rich in tradition and history. Unsurprisingly, food plays a huge role during this fall break.
Often one of the most visible and traditional recipes in autumn is the moon cake. Although there are many varieties, traditional moon cakes have a soft outer crust with a soft, thick filling in the center. Other popular foods at this time are things like pumpkin and taro to bring health and happiness, respectively. Other dishes include osmanthus flower and river snail wine, also associated with the tradition of bringing joy and sparkling eyes to those who consume them during the party.
Simple moon cake
Making moon cake with other mid-fall recipes can be tricky without access to traditional ingredients or mixes. To make this recipe easy to prepare, a stop at an Asian grocery store will speed the process up. Try choosing ingredients like golden syrup, alkaline water, melon seeds, and other toppings for your traditional moon cakes. Another thing that should be bought in any Asian market is a moon cake pan. They come in a variety of shapes and designs, so pick a few that can add some variety to your display.
Once the ingredients are gathered, it’s time to prepare the filling and batter. To get the coverage ratio, consider this ratio 7 parts filling: 3 parts dough. This should give you an idea of how much to prep as you plan on different types of fillings.
Filler (you can make your own variations):
14 oz (400g pack) lotus seed paste
1.5 ounces. (approx. 40 g) melon seeds
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of alkaline water
5 teaspoons of vegetable oil
5 tablespoons of golden syrup
To make the pasta, first mix the basic water with the syrup. Add the oil and mix until completely absorbed. In a separate bowl, add the flour and make a well into which you work the syrup mixture. Mix the batter until a fluffy batter is formed. From there, knead the dough into a round ball and wrap it in cling film. Leave this paste in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
While the dough rests, mix in the lotus seed paste and melon seeds. Divide the mixture between two spoons and shape into balls. Set the filling balls aside for later.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Divide the batter into 5-ounce servings and shape into a ball. Using a little flour, roll each ball into a small disc about two inches in diameter. Place a ball of the filling in the middle of the dough, form a ball and dust it well with the flour. Put the ball in the mold and press the moon cake. Transfer to a baking sheet. Sprinkle them lightly with water to keep them from breaking and bake for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and let sit in the pan for about ten minutes before moving. Quickly brown and cover the mooncakes before putting them in the oven for another 15 minutes. Take the moon cakes out of the oven and let them cool down.
While there are other traditional foods out there, there are no more typical recipes for fall than moon cake. Enjoy traditional food and friends and say thank you during this year’s festival. Impress your friends, colleagues, and family by trying traditional fall recipes today! No matter where you are during the Mid-Autumn Festival, roll your eyes and think of those who are far away and be grateful to all who are close to you.