May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, as if we are hundreds of miles apart – from a Chinese poem
Hong Kong is a fascinating metropolis where ultramodern and Chinese influences fight to win. At this time of the year living Hong Kong toward the Mid-Autumn Festival “, an ancient festival that is celebrated since the Tang Dynasty on the 15th day of the eighth” lunar month. “ This year is the 15th September.
The festival is traditionally celebrated with offerings of thanks for the harvest and as a moment of union with relatives who live far away. The moon with its round shape symbolizes unity. The same round shapes come back in the round fruits (Chinese grapefruit and grapes) and the characteristic mooncakes that are offered and paid according to tradition.
Today mooncakes prevail. The most traditional version is a cupcake stuffed with lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk incorporated. However, more and more improvised on the theme. After mooncakes with custard filling there are now mooncakes with chocolate and even durian filling. The classic size is quite large – the cupcakes are divided into wedges and with each other – but also mini mooncakes are becoming increasingly common.
During my stay this month in Hong Kong I made mooncakes a guide to explore Hong Kong. My friend Kiwi, born and raised in Hong Kong, I had gotten the addresses of the most prestigious pastry shops and patisseries and they all ran off.
I gazed at me the traditional mooncakes in exemplary cake tin with butterflies in the window of Ms Bs Cakery on Gough Street, a typical street in Central, Hong Kong Island. I tasted for the first Mooncake at Kee Wah Bakery in the artistic neighborhood Sheung Wan. I crossed the harbor to the mainland to admire the Mooncake-load box of the luxury bakery of The Peninsula Hotel (the price was 888 HK, approximately 100 Euros, a multiple of 4, Chinese lucky number) and found that the fashion house Shanghai Tang a restaurant where the moon cakes in large round boxes can be ordered with moon design.
Mooncakes are a Hong Kong hype and I’m in it. A small chest of drawers with four traditional ones (lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk) is safely stowed in my suitcase. On September 15, I’m going there in the moonlight of the feast. And no doubt my mind will wander to relatives and friends thousands of kilometers away …