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About Mooncakes

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09:21, December 20, 2011

Mooncakes are traditionally Chinese pastries generally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival typically involves family getting together to share mooncakes while watching the moon.

Typical Chinese mooncakes are round in shape, and measure around 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter and 4-5 cm (2 inches) in thickness. Most mooncakes consist of a thin tender skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling.

Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges shared by family members. They are generally served with Chinese tea, and very rarely, mooncakes are served steamed or fried.

Mooncakes are the must-eat food for the Mid-Autumn Festival. It was customary for house wives to prepare mooncakes at home when the festival was approaching.

However, as the production is labor-intensive and they are widely available in markets, very few people make them at home nowadays.

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