The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) falls on October 1st in the eventful year of 2020. It is one of the most important days for Chinese people as well as people in many other countries heavily influenced by Chinese culture. The most common activity on this day is “moon-viewing” (赏月). The idea is that even though you are not able to see your family and friends, you know they are looking at the same full moon and thinking about you, too.
In recent years, as high-speed railways are built and with the spread of technologies, people in China no longer need to look at the moon and long for their families. However, traditional activities are still widely practiced and appreciated. Out of these traditions, the most popular and indispensable is absolutely eating mooncakes (月饼). Here are 5 of the most popular mooncake flavors in China. Some of them have been popular for centuries, while others are recent inventions.
1 Lotus Seed Paste with Salted Egg Yolks 莲蓉蛋黄
When salted duck egg yolk is surrounded by a thick layer of lotus seed paste, magic happens. The saltiness and rich flavor of the yolk compliment the delicate sweetness of the lotus paste perfectly.
Lotus Mooncakes with salted egg yolks have been enjoyed by people in Canton for centuries. However, due to the scarcity of its ingredients, this flavor has been a luxury in China until recent years.