Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Walnut-filled mooncakes

Walnut-filled mooncakes

Watch out – here come the mooncakes!

People give the traditional gift of mooncakes to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. They are often jokingly referred to as Chinese fruitcakes, because most people either don’t eat them, or just have an obligatory taste. Plus there have been numerous stories about adulterated ingredients and recycled fillings over the years.

But I still couldn’t resist a trip to the Asian Food Market in Plainsboro today to get a tin of 4 individually wrapped cakes to hand-out. I read the ingredients on all of them until I found one that listed walnuts first, rather than the far more common egg yolk in the middle. We’ll see. Now, go out and gaze at the full moon tonight to celebrate.

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