Today is Mid-Autumn Festival in China and the common gift is mooncakes. Above you see the ones my school gave me. Throughout the neighborhood there are vendors selling these cakes, which I’ve learned can be used as a secondary currency creating problems of corruption.
I don’t like the one’s with bean paste, but the nut-filled ones are okay. The trick for me is to eat about a quarter of a cake a day. They’re pretty heavy and the sweetness can get excessive.
As we approach Autumn Festival, store after store is plying holiday mooncakes to their customers. They can be like mini fruitcakes, i.e. not that welcome, but I’ve found a few that are tasty. It’s all a matter of what’s inside and the secret is not to eat the whole thing, just say a quarter of one. You can buy them for 4 – 8 rmb each or in fancy gift sets.
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