The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 15th of every 8th Chinese lunar month, will fall on Sunday, the 27th of September this year. For many, the central focus of this holiday is food, specifically mooncakes. Round with a flaky crust and dense filling, there is a great deal of contention regarding the ingredients of this festive treat. The Suzhou boasts a thin flaky crust while a traditional Chaoshan mooncake’s crust is thicker. However, you can find all kinds of odd outliers throughout China, some of them positively ambitious.
1. This green, radish and egg-stuffed moon cake gives more the impression of biological weapon than festive dish.
2. There is also a “Golden Voice” mooncake floating around China, but it is “not to be understood by us ordinary folk!” It has also not been made clear what’s inside it: perhaps it was inflated with sweet notes sung by Deng Ziqi?
3. For those tired of sweet flavor, there is the meat stew mooncake, aptly paired with peanuts and beer.
4. Or, on the carnivorous spectrum there is the onion bacon mooncake—the “foundation Chinese hamburger”.
5.Fragrant spicy beef anyone? Comes with a recommendation for more garlic.
These moon cakes have been written off as philistine treats for those without taste, but if that’s what suits your pallet then why should it really matter? Forget the fancy wrapped mooncakes and embrace your indulgent side. Why not make it a buffet. Happy moon festival!