The Mid-Autumn Festival means lots of wonderful Moon Cakes!

Moon Cakes are a VERY popular treat to have during the Mid-Autumn Festival. They’re so popular in fact, that often you’ll find people ordering Moon Cakes several weeks in advance to the actual festival! Here in Hong Kong, Moon Cakes are specially created by several stores and are made to be both exciting to look at, as well as incredibly delicious. Starbucks has a Moon Cake promotion featuring gorgeous packaging, Kee Wah Bakery has stunning supreme Moon Cakes, and Häagen-Dazs offers a wide variety of ice-cream Moon Cakes. Here are 5 interesting details you may not know about this delectable delicacy:

– Moon Cakes are symbolic of family reunion

– One folk-tale suggests that Moon Cakes were used during the Yuan Dynasty as a means of sending messages between the Han people when they were planning an uprising against Mongol rule

– Some people prefer just to eat the skin (the outer layer) of Moon Cakes

– In 2014, 20 Moon Cake masters created a Moon Cake that had a diameter over 2 meters long

– During the Mid-Autumn Festival, some Moon Cakes can sell for over HK$1000

Interesting, right? You can even try to make your very own Moon Cake using this recipe from Fine Dining Lovers! We hope you all had a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival!

 

Doesn't that look so yummy? Image courtesy of Fine Dining Lovers

Doesn’t that look so yummy? Image courtesy of Fine Dining Lovers

Starbucks' stunning Moon Cake promotion

Starbucks’ stunning Moon Cake promotion

Super kawaii ice-cream Moon Cakes featuring Line characters. Image courtesy of Häagen-Dazs

Super kawaii ice-cream Moon Cakes featuring Line characters. Image courtesy of Häagen-Dazs

How adorable are these? Image courtesy of Häagen-Dazs

How adorable are these? Image courtesy of Häagen-Dazs

Beautiful! Image courtesy of Häagen-Dazs

Beautiful! Image courtesy of Häagen-Dazs

This image makes us so hungry! Image courtesy of Fine Dining Lovers

This image makes us so hungry! Image courtesy of Fine Dining Lovers

We can't stop staring at this supreme Moon Cake! Image courtesy of Kee Wah Bakery.

We can’t stop staring at this supreme Moon Cake! Image courtesy of Kee Wah Bakery.