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    Default Chinese mooncakes

    So I'm working in the Toronto area, and went to this Roger's Chinese Lantern Festival http://www.chineselanternfestival.ca/english/index.html

    Then I heard people talking about mooncakes, mooncakes. What's all the fuss about?


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    It's just a chinese tradition haha. I love mooncakes.

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    LOL ive never seen bump shapped moon cakes...but it make sense tho hahaa

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    looks so yummy right now

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    It's tradition man. Forgot the story of how it all started though lol It's the only time of the year where I'll eat one.
    Conversations like this can be intense.

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    Moon cake is different nowaday - coffee, fruit, choclate, ice cream.. not the same anymore

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    I think they are pretty gross. Nobody in my family eats them, we just get them and regift them. I think the packaging is great though. I always want to buy them when I see them.
    Last edited by szw; 09-04-2008 at 12:39 AM.

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    Oh man, have you guys read the nutrition facts about these things??

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    I never really liked the ones with egg yolk but everything else is pretty good.

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    edit: whoops

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    same here, i never eat the yolk just the other stuff

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    egg yolk is the best! the more the better!

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    A lot of the traditional stuff is hard to find down here! Stupid health crap these days, it's just one time a year!

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    no idea what the true story is but moon cake is pretty good actually i like it but i havent ate it for some time now a few years?

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    from wikipedia

    Mid-Autumn Festival

    The festival is intricately linked to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. There is also a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule facilitated by messages smuggled in moon cakes.

    Ming revolution

    Mooncakes were used as a medium by the Ming revolutionaries in their espionage effort to secretly distribute letters in order to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China in the Yuan dynasty. The idea is said to be conceived by Zhu Yuanzhang (朱元璋) and his advisor Liu Bowen (劉伯溫), who circulated a rumor that a deadly plague was spreading and the only way to prevent it was to eat the special mooncakes. This prompted the quick distribution of the mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.

    Another method of hiding the message was printed in the surface of mooncakes as a simple puzzle or mosaic. In order to read the encrypted message, each of the 4 mooncakes packaged together must be cut into 4 parts each. The 16 pieces of mooncake, must then be pieced together in such a fashion that the secret messages can be read. The pieces of mooncake are then eaten to destroy the message.

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    meh, it's alright. Wife and her family make this every year, so we're probably going to make them soon again. We just make the plain lotus root paste with egg yolk and give them out to friends and relatives. With them selling @ $20-$30+ per box, we save a ton of money doing this and it tastes pretty good to.

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    i like the snowskin...they are so much better than lotus skin.

    is there rice dumpling in calgary.
    like how they wrap in up in leaves, shapes like a pyramid, with glutinous rice and meat inside.

    boy, i'm craving for that now

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    I've craving for mooncake now!

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    yo tomco,

    Can you get those bum shaped ones in TO? If you can you help me bring back a box?

    Thanks

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    Mmm Mooncakes. Had some yesterday
    Originally posted by R!zz0
    Did Calgary have a riot in 2004?
    Originally posted by rage2
    Just boobs. That's how we party.

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