Full moon is coming! Mid-Autumn Festival Foods to eat in Asia
When you start to see the repeated mooncake ads in bakeries and on Facebook, news started to report the mooncake vouchers scalping, this means 2018 is half over and the Mid-Autumn Festival is coming. As a foodie, now is the best time to eat! Apart from mooncakes, do you know what other good foods to eat during the Mid-Autumn festival? Let’s take a look at different Mid-Autumn Festival food in Asian countries and see if there’s any food can grab your attention!
China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore: Mooncake
Mooncake is not only the most representative Mid-Autumn food in Hong Kong but also the traditional festival food in most Asian countries that celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia. Although they all look the same, the pastry skin and filling are different in different countries.
Chinese mooncakes can be divided into four main types, including Cantonese-style, Beijing-style, Chaoshan-style and Suzhou-style. The fillings include lotus seed paste, egg yolk, red bean paste, five-kernel, Jinhua ham, winter melon paste, dried seafood, spring onion and pepper, as well as the popular new flavours, such as creamy custard, earl grey mochi, cheesecake, purple rice with tortoise jelly......You can’t really count on the number of mooncake filling!
Mooncakes are also the most important Mid-Autumn food in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia. Their cooking method and fillings are similar to Chinese mooncake. In Thailand and Singapore, mooncakes with local characteristics and ingredients are more popular, such as durian mooncakes, purple mangosteen mooncakes. In Vietnam, mooncakes can be divided into two kinds, including baked mooncake and sticky rice mooncake. Baked mooncake is similar to Chinese-style mooncake while sticky rice mooncake is made from glutinous rice flour, sugar, pomelo blossom water or vanilla.
Thailand: Peach-shaped cake and pomelo
The Mid-Autumn festival in Thailand is also known as "Moon Worship Festival”. On the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, Thais will pray to the moon, greet to Guanyin and celebrate the festival with mooncake, peach-shaped cake, and various fruits. The must-have fruits for Thais are the pomelo, which symbolizes reunion and gathering.
Japan: Tsukimi Dango
The Mid-Autumn festival in Japan is also known as ‘Tsukimil” and “Jugoya”. On the night of Mid-Autumn Festival, Tsukimi Dango, taro, edamame, chestnuts, sake are offered to the moon in order to pray for an abundant harvest. Tsukimi Dango is among the most representative Mid-Autumn food in Japan and every household must have. Dango is a Japanese traditional sweet made from glutinous rice flour (mochiko). It is a sticky ball with no colour, whereas the shape of the ellipse and rabbit are also popular in Japan. Tsukimi Dango by itself has no flavour, so it is often served with red bean paste, brown sugar syrup, kinako or painted with teriyaki sauce.
South Korea: Songpyeon
The Mid-Autumn festival in Korea is called “Chuseok”. It is a major festival for Korean to visit their family and share traditional food. Songpyeon is one of the most popular Chuseok food which is half-moon shaped rice cakes made by kneading rice powder and stuffing with peanuts, red bean paste, green bean paste, sesame, chestnuts etc. As the cake is steamed on the pine needles, it will give the Songpyeon fresh fragrance of pine leaves. Apart from that, Korean also eat pancake and fried food during Chuseok, such as chili pancake, Alaska pollock pancake, zucchini pancake or other fillings pancake.