Next week in Shanghai, and all around China, they will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday. This is the second most important festival in China, after the Chinese New Year. The traditional way to celebrate the holiday includes spending time with family, cooking large meals, and admiring the moon.
And the traditional food of the Mid-Autumn Festival is the MOONCAKE…. a round, Chinese pastry that symbolizes reunion and happiness. And yes, these round delicacies can bring pure happiness!
One of the more popular mooncake spots in Shanghai is Wang Jia Sha. Here, there is always a que around the block for those yummy handmade, pork-filled mooncakes. And it’s not just pork… They also have mooncakes filled with crab, and they are delicious!
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, you will also find international businesses trying to cash-in on the mooncake tradition…
This is the Oreo Mooncake I found at Metro Supermarket. It comes in 4 different flavors: cocoa milk, dark chocolate, pineapple, and strawberry. These mooncakes don’t taste like your typical oreo cookie, but they are really good with coffee!
This is the Godiva Mooncake. It also comes in a variety of flavors: dark chocolate with raspberry, dark chocolate with almonds, milk chocolate with nuts, and sea salt with hazelnut milk. These mooncakes are very good, but they are also very expensive. Be prepared for the purchase price!
It doesn’t matter if your mooncake is filled with sweet chocolate or tasty pork, it’s sure to bring happiness to you and everyone around you. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival everyone! Now go enjoy some mooncake!