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Moon cake, the lunar delight

El moon cake It is a very popular sweet of Chinese origin and known in the Asian gastronomy. It is celebrated, above all, by the Chinese people, but also by the Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese. Its maximum splendor occurs in the Mid Autumn FestivalHowever, it is a delight at any time of the year. We are talking about a dessert directly related to Moon. Su shape, its filling and its history are intrinsically linked to worship moon of the Chinese community. If you want to know more, keep reading!

The Mid-Autumn Festival, the moon cake party

So that we understand the level of national popularity of this traditional sweet, we will make a comparison with an example better known to all. The "Moon cake" of the Mid Autumn Festival en China It is like the turkey of the Thanksgiving Day en U.S. Even the festival of Chinese origin is sometimes called Moon Cake Festival. We must understand this celebration as the most important holiday in China after the celebration of Lunar new year. And, the moon cakes or moon cakes are the quintessential dessert of this party. Everything revolves around them.

Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns
Mid-Autumn Festival Lanterns / Source: Pixabay

The date of the Mid-Autumn Festival changes every year because it depends on the calendar lunar. It is celebrated in the Eighth Luna Full of the Year, that is, on the day 15 of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. The reason is that, according to the Gregorian calendar, the moon is at its brightest. However, it always takes place between the months of September and October. This year, for example, the festival took place on September 21. The festival is a cultural tradition that celebrates the union familiar for more than 3000 years. The Chinese community gathers to worship the moon and taste this sweet together with Chinese tea. 

The myth of the goddess Chang'e

All the theories On its origin there are several, however, the most widespread is the following. Formerly there were ten suns around the earth and, one day, they all appeared at the same time which caused the earth to begin to burn. The archer Hou yi he was the one who saved the situation by overthrowing nine suns with his arrows. It then became a hero.

 

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As a reward, the celestial goddess gave him the elixir of immortality on the condition that you use it correctly. Hou Yi handed it to his wife, Chang'e to keep it. Yet in every legend there is a tyrant, and Peng Meng he found out what the couple had in their hands. The villain took advantage of the fact that Hou Yi had left and entered his house to steal the elixir. Chang'e quickly drank the elixir to avoid handing it to him, as he was aware that he could not fight Peng Meng. This is how Chang'e became immortal and began to levitate towards the moon and since then, lives over there.

This is the legend by which the cult of the moon arose. The Chinese eat these moon-shaped cakes to worship her and remember the goddess Chang'e. However, this story is told in many versions, although the essence is the same. Now that we know the history of these popular sweets, let's get to know how they are, what they are made of and how they are made. 

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Some moon cakes have salted duck egg yolks symbolizing the moon / Source: Pixabay

Mooncake recipe

First of all, the moon cake is round resembling the lunar shape. Most have a thin crust that covers a dense and juicy filling. In the crust, as we see in the images, a spectacular molding can be observed. There are several fillers. The most typical are red sweet beans (Jewish adzuki), lotus seed paste, jujube paste or taro paste (tuber grown in Asia). Depending on the region of the country, we can also find different varieties of moon cake. It is not exactly the same as a moon cake from Pekin that of Yunnan, For example.

Because it is a Chinese recipe, the ingredients are not always fully accessible. That is why the 'youtuber' Karina Gao, «an Argentine made in China», In one of his video recipes, he teaches us how to prepare moon cakes with accessible ingredients. Thanks to the immensity of the Internet, we also find more western alternatives to the famous moon cakes. Sandra Mangas, on your blog "The recipe of happiness" She shows us the steps, as she defines it, of her "invention."

The key is to try and see which one we like it more and even recreate ourselves and create our own recipe. To try a moon cake of the really goodEither you have a Chinese friend, or (the best option) you will have to visit China during the Mid-Autumn Festival. And you? Have you also wanted to try it?

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