Monday, September 25, 2006

Of Chocolates and Moon Cakes...

Had a pleasant surprise last week when a neighbour dropped a box of chocolate at my doorsteps.

Mozart Chocolates?

Something so pretty ought to be kept and not eaten, but because there was an expiry date on it...and curiousity of what the content of the choc was...

eat already can play piano???

Quick Quick Quick...

The choc was really nice and it even came with a free key chain!

Really can play piano soon...

It has Marzipan as the first white coating and praline in the centre...heavenly...

sorry saliva all over...

And so, this goes out to my neighbour that dropped this box of delight at our doorsteps...THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! Me and Wifey enjoyed the chocs really very much. :)

Moving on, it's now the 8th Lunar Month now. After enduring 2x 7th Lunar Months, it's time to rejoice and put anything and everything ghoulish behind and celebrate Moon Cake Festival.

Now, for those that needs a bit of history, Mooncake Festival goes back a long long time, perhaps many many blue moons ago, or more.

To me, when i was growing up, Mooncake Festival means we could play with fire, literally. Perhaps even burning up one or two of those lanterns, be it on purpose, or not on purpose.

But in actual fact, or the more famous story was that back in the thirteenth century, when China was ruled by the Mongols (read: Genghis Khan). It is said that mooncakes - which the Mongols did not eat - were the perfect vehicle for hiding and passing along plans for the rebellion. Families were instructed not to eat the mooncakes until the day of the moon festival, which is when the rebellion took place. the Chinese threw off their oppressors in 1368 AD.

Other legends and stories has it said about the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon's shadowed surface.

The legend surrounding the "lady living in the moon" dates back to ancient times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous archer to shoot down the nine extra suns.

Once the task was accomplished, Goddess of Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill that would make him immortal. However, his wife found the pill, took it, and was banished to the moon as a result.

Legend says that her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon festival. Which, in my opinion, is partly true. Take note of the Moon on the 15th Lunar falls on the 6th October this year. it will be full, fiery and ...well...unless Mr. Haze decided to show up...

Another legends has it said that on this day the "Man in the Moon" was spotted at an inn, carrying a writing tablet.

When questioned, he said he was recording the names of all the happy couples who were fated to marry and live happily forever after.

And so, many Chinese weddings are held during the eighth lunar month, with the fifteenth day being the most popular. Don't believe? wait for the paper to show you pics of couples getting married! I already know a friend that will tie the knot on the 8th of October!

And so, when it comes to Mooncake Festival, there got to be mooncake right? And no, i'm not talking about SPACE cake. hahahaha..

Mooncakes now comes in assortment of flavour and concotion. Even in ice cream form. So, yesterday, me and Wifey went and buy some for her mum. Amongst the most interesting one would be this one below:

what ever happened to simple Lotus paste and Red Bean paste???

It's halal by the way...made by Tai Thong

White coffee and lotus paste?

Frankly, i would much prefer the old skool style of Lotus paste or Red Bean or mooncake with 4 yolks or with Sunflower seeds... now kena conned by those Big Corporation to part with RM9.20 for that piece of eye candy mooncake (really, it looked better than it taste)... i'll stick to the more basic variations.


Happy Mooncake Festival y'all!

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