Mooncakes are flying off the bakery shelves in Chinatowns across the country in the days before the Mid-Autumn Festival — a Chinese lunar holiday that falls on Sept. 19 and commemorates the end of the summer harvest.
Families and friends swap the hearty mini pies — which are a bit sweet and a bit savory, thanks to their lotus seed filling and the salty duck egg, or two, in the center — to share their best wishes. The perfectly round cakes — and the yolks encased in their filling — represent the full moon that rises on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar.
Once that full moon rises, it’s time for the Mid-Autumn Festival, sometimes called the Harvest Moon Festival. It’s also time for foodies to blast into action because these tasty treats won’t be on the shelves again until next year.
Legend has it mooncakes went into culinary orbit in the 12th or 13th century, when Chinese rebels hid plans to conquer their Mongol rivals by baking them into cakes. (Today, bakers seem to prefer imprinting mooncakes with the Chinese characters for “longevity” or “harmony” rather than battle plans.)
It’s not hard to shoot for the mooncakes… Here’s a list for bakeries in New York City where you can pick some up.
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