I'm a little confused about the Moon Festival. Ok, so it is the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month? Or is it the Gregorian calendar? And, that is September 18th? Isn't it supposed to be on the full moon? Tonight, not so full. Oh, I've got some serious Chinese Culture Homework to do. I am further confused because the Moon Festival celebration in San Francisco is this weekend, September 23rd/24th and the Santa Clara celebration is September 30th/October 1st. Maybe it is kindof an extended sort of thing. Hmmm?
One good way to tell that it is Moon Festival season? Mooncakes. Does anyone else think that they are cute? All shiny-glazed and wrapped so nice. I thought that it would be fun for jzboy and I to do a little taste test of these special treats...so I dropped by a local Chinese bakery & picked up a couple.
Here is a pic Pre-Mooncake-Taste-Challenge:
The flavors that I chose were Jasmine Tea, Pomelo, Pineapple & Mixed Nuts. The one at 12 o'clock - yes, the half eaten one, was the Mixed Nuts. Sorry, I got a bit hungry & didn't think about the blog potential of this exercise until I was sitting in traffic on the way home.
Here is a pic Post-Mooncake-Taste-Challenge:
Quite a few leftovers...
We didn't know one flavor from the next until tasting. My favorite was the Jasmine Tea - I liked the subtle flavor, it smelled good and wasn't too sweet. The Mixed Nuts (which were jzboy's favorite) held the promise of an old fashioned pecan pie which is why it made the cut. Nice theory. I didn't like it much at all.
Neither of us liked the Pomelo. That was a huge bummer for me because I LOVE Pomelo. Love it. The consistency of the Pomelo Mooncake was really strange. Jzboy described it as similar to what happens "when you are chewing gum & then take a bite of food"...that gritty, mealy texture.
My best description of this candied fruit/marzipan-ish cute little treat is "Holiday Fruit Cake Meets Fig Newton".
I really wanted to love them.
Jzboy and I will embrace the Moon Festival Tradition in our family. Mooncake and all. So, we plan to try different flavors, different bakeries and maybe even baking one ourselves. Who knows what treats we may find at the SF Moon Festival this weekend?? I'll admit that I am quite intrigued by the prospect of mooncakes with a duck egg center. Maybe with a Har Gow chaser??