The Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Mooncake festival because of the long-standing Chinese tradition of eating mooncake under the brightly-lit sky owing to the full moon in all its splendour. It is a time of joy, peace, and enjoyment. Along with taro, pumpkin, duck, and hairy crabs, the mooncake is one of the traditional foods enjoyed during the Moon Festival.
A lesser-known but extremely delicious dish which joins these foods is the osmanthus steamed cake, which the Chinese relish during the Moon Festival, as well as during the Chinese New Year.
Osmanthus is an important flower which is found in Chinese writings. During the festival, the Chinese celebrate by sitting under the osmanthus trees, drinking osmanthus tea, and eating an osmanthus steamed cake. It is very evident that it plays a great role in fulfilling the tradition of this Chinese festival.
The cake has a delicate texture and is lovely to taste. It is made in a traditional way – two layers of steamed, white, unsweetened cake sandwich a sweet red bean paste and black sesame seed filling. To make this cake look even more delicious, tiny yellow osmanthus flowers, which are dried and sweetly scented, are sprinkled across the top of this light-as-air cake to give it a fresh burst of honey scent.
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