The must-eat food of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is mooncake. There are several mooncake origin stories, but all include a common theme of mooncake eating being a symbol and celebration of victory.
It’s said, during Tang Gao Zu years, the general Li Jing returned on 15th August after defeating Huns. Businessman from the city of Turpan paid tribute (in the form of cake) to the emperor to celebrate the victory. Gao Zu-Li Yuan took this gorgeous cake box and distributed the cake to his all officials.
Since then, mooncake production has evolved and become more diverse. Today, there are many regional variants of the mooncake with different flavors. Beijing-style, Suzhou-style, Cantonese-style and Yunnan-style mooncakes are four of the main kinds. Recently, Hainan-style fruit mooncakes has captured more market share.
Cantonese-style mooncake is one of the largest categories of mooncakes, originating from Guangdong province and the surrounding areas. It is characterized by heavy fillings, thin-skin, and a higher oil content of the filling than other kinds of mooncakes. With a glossy surface, it tastes soft and smooth.
Beijing-style mooncake originates from Peking and Tianjin districts in China’s northeast. The main features are sweetness and the balanced skin-filling. http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com/blog/?p=227 http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com/blog/?p=227 http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com/blog/?p=227It has special flavor and it tastes crisp.
The Suzhou mooncake is from Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang areas. The main features are crisp skin, filled with nuts and red beans, and perhaps a little sweeter than other kinds of mooncakes.
Yunnan-style mooncake comes from Yunnan, Guizhou and surrounding areas. They are becoming more and more popular outside their traditional home. The distinctive feature of the Yunnan mooncakes is the inclusion of Yunnan ham, giving this mooncake a salty flavor.
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