Mooncake festival/Mid-Autumn

Tomorrow, 22nd September 2006 is the first day of the eight month of the Chinese lunar calendar. I believe our Muslims friends are also going to start fasting within a day or two after the sighting of the new moon of Ramadhan. So, the month of October is going to be filled with lots of mooncakes stalls and pasar Ramadhan at the shopping malls and markets.

The highlight of the mooncake festival or mid-autumn festival is on October 16, 2006 this year which is the fifteenth day when the moon is at its brightest. However, from tomorrow onwards, children will be out and about playing with lanterns. I bought one lantern for my son the other day at RM5.90. It is made of paper and decorated with gold dusts and paints. I am not sure how fish features as one of the icon for mid-autumn festival. We used to call these lanterns ‘hoo teng’ (fish lanter) eventhough the lanterns come in all sorts of animals shape like horses, rabbits, dragons and now the modernised cartoon characters of Mickey Mouse, Power Rangers, Ultraman and etc.

There are mooncakes made into shapes of fishes too. The above is the type of mooncake which has only pastry without fillings. If I am not mistaken, it is made of flour, maltose and oil. I am not a fan of mooncakes so please don’t ask me for recipe! However, you can find some folklore related to mooncake festival and also recipe here at Tourism Penang website.

I have another mooncake post in my Food Haven blog but those mooncakes are not suitable for Muslims. There are now Halal certified mooncakes available on the market. So, I hope our Muslims friends will enjoy berbuka puasa with Chinese mooncakes.

Post Author: Lilian

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5 thoughts on “Mooncake festival/Mid-Autumn


    (September 21, 2006 - 3:40 pm)

    I prefer the old type lanterns. Not those which are battery operated and comes with some irritable music 😛

    I also like the mooncakes without fillings (too kia). Very the delicious indeed!

    Erina Law

    (September 21, 2006 - 7:13 pm)

    Lately, i received some mooncake from a friend who just came back from indonesia. It’s very different from ours. Their is like ‘loh poh pheng’ (in cantonese). They have chocolate flavour. Have not tasted them yet coz I wanted to take some photographs of it. Maybe, when i have taken the pics I will send it to you.


    (September 22, 2006 - 9:03 am)

    I love mooncakes like that!! When I was a lil kid, dad would bring us to Chowrasta Market and they would have those little piggies in baskets. Do they still sell that??


    (September 22, 2006 - 3:13 pm)

    Think u made a mistake. The mid-autumn festival this year is on the 6th October and not 16th.


    (September 22, 2006 - 5:09 pm)

    That fish-shaped mooncake looks ever so pretty! I love mooncakes, but here we don’t find any that look so…

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