The popular Chinese moon festival or moon cake festival will be soon upon us, being held in the middle of the eighth month of the lunar calendar at the time of the full moon. The moon is considered to be at its brightest at this time of the year and as the full moon represents family togetherness this is a time to celebrate with family. The moon cake is the traditional food used to celebrate the festival and is eaten at family celebrations and also given as a gift.
The moon festival is based upon an ancient Chinese story from China’s Zhou Dynasty. The legend goes that Hou Yi was given an elixir which, when taken would cause him to ascend immediately to heaven and become a god. He presented the potion to his kind hearted wife, Chang E to keep. Unfortunately, Peng Meng witnessed him give the potion to his wife and when Hou Yi was out hunting, he demanded that Chang E hand over the elixir. Instead she swallowed the elixir and immediately flew out of the window and up into the sky. Chang E’s great love for her husband drew her to the nearest place to the earth in the heavens, the moon.
For Mooncakes for celebrations and gift giving you can’t go past the range at TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell St, Melbourne. Traditional Mooncakes can be had in the following flavours –
White Lotus Paste
Yellow Lotus Paste
Red Bean Paste
Mung Bean Paste
Green Tea Paste
These all come with a choice of zero, one, two, three or four salted egg yolks. The Mooncakes come in the following brands –
Wing Wah (Hong Kong)
Kee Wah (Hong Kong)
Maxim’s (Hong Kong)
Godly (Vegetarian) (Shanghai)
Elegant Flower Brand (Hong Kong)
They can be purchased separately or in pre-packaged tin cans of 2, 3, 4, 8, 12 or 16 Mooncakes and they are all in different shapes and sizes as gift sets.
Also on offer are the snowy/icy Mooncake range (a frozen dessert) where the skin is made with a glutinous flour pastry skin and a range of flavoured fillings –
Mango with Pomelo
Sesame seed with macadamia,
Pandan and chocolate pearls
All have a mung bean paste as a base. They are available in the following brands –
You can get your Mooncakes at the Tang Asian Emporium of Food between 10am to 11pm 7 days a week during this time of festivity. A new website is on its way with all the information about Tang Asian Emporium’s food http://tangfoodemporium.com.au/ and you can keep in touch through facebook