This month is the Chinese mid-autumn festival. The mooncake festival as it’s also called is about eating cakes filled with sweet nutty paste, sometimes with an egg yolk in the center.
There are so many varieties of mooncakes to try. There are new varieties that include durian, chocolate, and honey.
At this time of year, moon cakes make their appearance in the shops in celebration of the traditional Chinese mid-autumn festival. A variety of moon cakes are available to suit every taste, including durian, chestnut, and sesame. But this one is my favorite. It is a mochi moon cake, a scoop of chocolate ice cream encased in a sweet rice dough that the Japanese call mochi. It’s cold, sweet, and chewy!
When it comes to moon cakes I only like one kind: black sesame and without the egg yolk. It’s sticky, sweet, and smooth with the taste of sesame. It goes well with green tea, very lightly steeped and not sweetened at all.