In October I received a surprise care package from my friend Irene. In fact it was such a surprise that it took me a while to figure out who had sent it ;), until I found the card.
I first met Irene years ago at a Pullip meet, which is a doll that we both collect. She really knows how to customize and photograph dolls, so if you also like Pullips and BJD’s please have a look at her blog or Flickr.
Irene currently lives in China and we often exchange cards and gifts, she always sends the cutest items (^_^). This surprise package contained a super cute box shaped like a house. I had no clue of what would be inside and upon opening it I noticed a bunch of tiny cakes. They are called mooncakes and each has got it’s own imprint at the top. Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie), a harvest festival held on the night of the full moon between early September to early October. A full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family and mooncakes are exchanged to express love and best wishes ♥
So you might wonder what mooncakes taste like. The filling in my cake was red bean paste and to be honest I don’t know what to compare the taste with. It wasn’t very sweet (as you would expect from Western pastries), but it also didn’t taste especially salty or spicy. The filling is quite dense and I suspect that it is high in calories, since I couldn’t even finish one. So I can’t say that I love the taste but I do really like their shape and the back story and hope that it will bring me some good luck! ~thank you Irene
Have you ever tried mooncakes?