Happy Moon Festival

In Culture, I'm a Newbie on September 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Mooncake: the mooncakes in Buenos Aires are sad in comparison to the ones back home. Not that good, though still happy. It is better than nothing.

Yesterday, the 22nd was the Moon Festival Holiday. The tragic story behind this Chinese holiday, involves a beautiful woman somehow stuck in the moon with a bunny, waiting helplessly for her love one to visit from earth; he is only allowed to visit once a year, during the fullest moon in September. In memory of this, our Chinese ancestors made cakes with different kind of fillings, in the shape of a full moon, which we call Mooncakes (月饼).

Missing home, I was set out to celebrate this holiday in my house inviting a couple over for a home-cooked dinner with mooncakes. It was the first time inviting anyone over-we were stoked; which means trekking to Chinatown in Belgrano; going around Arribenos, gathering all the ingredients from different stores. I enjoyed spending time there, seeing all the little asians buying mooncakes and shopping for dinner. It was heart-warming.

'The Chinatown'

This was the following menu I came up with:

  • Starter: Fried Wonton & Springrolls with Home-made Sweet and Sour Dip
  • Salads: Cucumber Salad 拍黄瓜 & Bean Sprout Salad 凉拌豆芽
  • Mains: Ma Pou Tofu, Gong Bao Chicken & Stir-Fry Beef with Hoisin Sauce
  • Dessert: Mooncakes from Belgrano (7 pesos each)

Salads were superb!

Everything was perfectly executed, though I wish the texture of the tofu would be a little bit firmer.

  1. Could you please post your recipe fr cucumber salad. Thank you

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