My introduction to Chinese food and customs is continuing. Last week, I was given a lovely gift of mooncakes, made with rice flour so that I could eat them.
My neighbor explained that mooncakes are associated with a mid-autumn festival for moon worship and moon-watching. The mooncakes are gifted between friends and family as part of the celebration of this important festival.
The texture of the cake was unexpected. It was both soft and firm at the same time. The filling was sweeter than I would have expected for a bean-based filling. It almost seemed to have a slight blueberry flavor, although there were no berries used. As you can see from the photo, they were presented to me on a beautiful plastic plate. I have to find out where she found it.
I treasure my friendship with my Chinese neighbors, and am so pleased to be introduced to the traditional culture. It has brought unexpected richness to my life. This week, a Chinese man came to the antique shop, and I was able to talk with him about mooncakes. He was pleased to have me bring up the subject, and added his own comments about the festival.