China Expats and Culture Blog
1. The Chinese Takeout Container
You know the one I’m talking about. The quintessential foldable box for rice, almost origami-like, with a little wire handle. It often has a pagoda drawing on the side and a stylized “Thank you” written in “Asian-font.”
Mooncakes are as quintessential to Mid-Autumn Festival in China as turkeys are to Thanksgiving. The problem is that mooncakes are not quite as delicious as turkey.
What is Mooncake?
Mooncakes (“月饼 (yuèbǐng)” in Chinese) are Chinese pastries or baked goods that are eaten during Mid-Autumn Festival. Mid-Autumn Festival is a “harvest festival,” sort of similar to Thanksgiving, where people celebrate and worship the moon. Mooncake is as quintessential to Mid-Autumn Festival as turkeys are to Thanksgiving.