3 Recommended Dishes for the Mid-Autumn Festival2016-09-23 17:40:17Share:
The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival comes on the 15th day in the 8th lunar month, traditionally China's harvest time，during which every home cooks many kinds of food and makes good wines to celebrate this festival. Over the centuries such colorful diet customs for Mid-Autumn Festival were formed.
The most popular and recommended Mid-Autumn Festival foods are three, mooncakes, pumpkin and hairy crabs.
Mooncake - the Must-Eat Food
Mooncake is the most popular and important food eaten during the Mid-autumn Festival. Different types of mooncakes are put at the most well-marked places in food stores and markets when the festival draws near. Mooncakes are Chinese’s traditional pastries which consist of a thin tender skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling. In the old days, most people made their mooncakes at home, but nowdays it is pretty rare to see people doing so.
Usually, traditional fillings include lotus seed paste, sweet bean paste and egg yolk, however, mooncakes with modern flavors have shown up in recent years, such as ice-cream mooncakes and chocolate mooncakes.
Pumpkin — to Bring You Good Health
The tradition of eating pumpkin during the festival is followed by people living South of the Yangtze River.
In ancient times, poor families chose to eat pumpkin during the Mid-Autumn Festival, because mooncakes were highly priced for them. Such a tradition has been passed down, and eating pumpkin on the night of Mid-Autumn Festival is also believed to bring people good health.
An interesting legend goes that once at the foot of South Mountain there lived a very poor family, a couple with their daughter. The old couples were seriously sick for lack of food and clothes. One day the daughter found an oval-shaped melon when she was working in the fields on that South Mountain. The melon was taken home and cooked by her to feed her dying parents. Miracle happened, her sick parents recovered after eating the melon. Because the melon was picked from the South Mountain, so it was named 'south melon' (the Chinese name for pumpkin).
Hairy Crab — the Seasonal Festival Delicacy
Hairy crabs provide rich protein and amino acids. The hairy crab season is September and October. So it is a special seasonal delicacy for Mid-Autumn Festival, a highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival reunion dinner, especially around Shanghai. See Hairy Crab — The Shanghai Delicacy Every Tourist Should Try.
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