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The Moon festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn festival, is a very joyous occasion in southeast Asia. This colourful festival is celebrated with lanterns, lion dancing, and a gala banquet where families gather in thanksgiving for the year. In China, the Moon Festival is filled with auspicious foods and dishes. For an authentic Chinese experience at home, discover the most popular Moon Festival dishes that are prepared this season.

Mooncake

Available in sweet and savoury variations, mooncakes are incredibly rich and indulgent – and no Moon Festival celebration is complete without them. Usually made round in shape to symbolise the full moon, these buttery pastries are filled with ingredients such as salted egg yolk, lotus seed paste, red bean paste, jujube paste, and nut paste. You’ll find an array of different types of mooncakes across Asia. For creative versions, such as ice cream mooncakes, take a peek at the top 10 varieties of mooncakes here, or learn how to make mooncakes in 10 easy steps. Popular dishes made during Moon Festival

Hairy crab

One of the most sought-after seasonal delicacies, the hairy crab is rich in protein and amino acids, and it’s at its best during the Moon Festival. These delicate crabs are simply steamed then served with a dressing of vinegar and ginger, with salad and rice on the side. If you’re keen to serve hairy crab at home, find out how to clean hairy crab in five simple steps.

Pumpkin

Long before mooncakes gained popularity, pumpkins were a celebratory food in the Mid-Autumn Festival, thanks to the abundance of the fruit at this time of year. For more than 3,000 years, Chinese people have eaten pumpkin during the Moon Festival as it is believed to bring good health. Find out more about the symbolism of pumpkin during the Moon Festival, or skip straight to dessert with this steamed pumpkin custard. 5 delicious dishes using pumpkin - Copy

Osmanthus Cake

Sipping on some reunion wine and savouring the sweet-scented osmanthus cake is a tradition of this festival. Cakes are made of osmanthus, as this season is when the osmanthus flowers are in full bloom. This is considered a symbol of a happy life and family reunion.

Taro

Similar to sweet potato, taro is an Asian vegetable with a starchy tuber root and edible leaves. The tradition of eating taro during the Mid-Autumn Festival began during the Qing dynasty as the word ‘taro’ sounds the same as “luck is inside”. Eating taro during the festival is believed to dispel bad luck and welcome in good luck and wealth for the coming year. Add taro to a duck hotpot, enjoy taro dumplings at your local yum cha restaurant, or whip up a batch of these glutinous taro balls. glutinuous-taro-balls-in-coconut-syrup

Duck

The tradition of cooking duck with taro is widely followed during the Moon festival. The osmanthus flower duck is a must have and is crispy, tender, and not greasy at all, whereas the smoked and baked duck is relished as a main course.

 Smoked duck - Moon Festival Dish

Image: stu_spivack used  the Creative Commons Licence

River snails

The moon festival is the best time to have river snails and eating them is believed to brighten the eyesight.  When raw, its smell can be unappetizing, but once cooked with spices, they are full of flavour and makes for a palatable delicacy For an authentic Chinese Moon Festival experience, share these auspicious and popular moon festival dishes with your family, light a few lanterns, and take some time out to gaze at the moon and give thanks for life’s abundance. [post_title] => Popular Moon Festival Dishes [post_excerpt] => The Moon festival also known as the Mid-Autumn festival is a very joyous occasion in southeast Asia. Here is a list of the popular dishes made during Moon festival. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => popular-dishes-made-during-moon-festival [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-12-01 10:35:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-30 23:35:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://asianinspirations.com.au/?post_type=asian-culture&p=38343 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => asian-culture [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

Popular Moon Festival Dishes

The Moon festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn festival, is a very joyous occasion in southeast Asia. This colourful festival is celebrated with lanterns, lion dancing, and a gala banquet where families gather in thanksgiving for the year. In China, the Moon Festival is filled with auspicious foods and dishes. For an authentic Chinese experience at home, discover the most popular Moon Festival dishes that are prepared this season.

Mooncake

Available in sweet and savoury variations, mooncakes are incredibly rich and indulgent – and no Moon Festival celebration is complete without them. Usually made round in shape to symbolise the full moon, these buttery pastries are filled with ingredients such as salted egg yolk, lotus seed paste, red bean paste, jujube paste, and nut paste. You’ll find an array of different types of mooncakes across Asia. For creative versions, such as ice cream mooncakes, take a peek at the top 10 varieties of mooncakes here, or learn how to make mooncakes in 10 easy steps.

Popular dishes made during Moon Festival

Hairy crab

One of the most sought-after seasonal delicacies, the hairy crab is rich in protein and amino acids, and it’s at its best during the Moon Festival. These delicate crabs are simply steamed then served with a dressing of vinegar and ginger, with salad and rice on the side. If you’re keen to serve hairy crab at home, find out how to clean hairy crab in five simple steps.

Pumpkin

Long before mooncakes gained popularity, pumpkins were a celebratory food in the Mid-Autumn Festival, thanks to the abundance of the fruit at this time of year. For more than 3,000 years, Chinese people have eaten pumpkin during the Moon Festival as it is believed to bring good health. Find out more about the symbolism of pumpkin during the Moon Festival, or skip straight to dessert with this steamed pumpkin custard.

5 delicious dishes using pumpkin - Copy

Osmanthus Cake

Sipping on some reunion wine and savouring the sweet-scented osmanthus cake is a tradition of this festival. Cakes are made of osmanthus, as this season is when the osmanthus flowers are in full bloom. This is considered a symbol of a happy life and family reunion.

Taro

Similar to sweet potato, taro is an Asian vegetable with a starchy tuber root and edible leaves. The tradition of eating taro during the Mid-Autumn Festival began during the Qing dynasty as the word ‘taro’ sounds the same as “luck is inside”. Eating taro during the festival is believed to dispel bad luck and welcome in good luck and wealth for the coming year. Add taro to a duck hotpot, enjoy taro dumplings at your local yum cha restaurant, or whip up a batch of these glutinous taro balls.

glutinuous-taro-balls-in-coconut-syrup

Duck

The tradition of cooking duck with taro is widely followed during the Moon festival. The osmanthus flower duck is a must have and is crispy, tender, and not greasy at all, whereas the smoked and baked duck is relished as a main course.

 Smoked duck - Moon Festival Dish

Image: stu_spivack used  the Creative Commons Licence

River snails

The moon festival is the best time to have river snails and eating them is believed to brighten the eyesight.  When raw, its smell can be unappetizing, but once cooked with spices, they are full of flavour and makes for a palatable delicacy

For an authentic Chinese Moon Festival experience, share these auspicious and popular moon festival dishes with your family, light a few lanterns, and take some time out to gaze at the moon and give thanks for life’s abundance.

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