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Word of the Day-Yue Bing (Moon cake)

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 月饼,yuè bǐng (moon cake). Even though the Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节) passed last week, we are still trying to finish the 月饼 (moon cake) at home. It's so sweet that I can only eat one small slice at a time. Moon cakes were traditionally made with lard, that's why they melted in your mouth. Yummy but bad for you. Nowadays the lard has been replaced with vegetable oil, peanut oil, etc. But imagine if you make it yourself, with ingredients that you can control. It's actually not that hard. You do need a mold though. The recipe I followed is from Chinatown Merchants Association in SF, Moon Cake Recipes . I made several moon cakes following this recipe when I taught Chinese at a preschool. The preschoolers enjoyed making the moon cakes and eating them, too. Give it a try. (Lotus seed paste can be purchased from Asian Markets such as Ranch 99)

 

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