Moon Cake is a special food for Mid Autumn Festival celebration in China. The traditional moon cake has egg yolk inside the cake. However in this picture, the filling of the moon cake is lotus seed paste. Very delicious. There are another examples of the traditional mooncakes, such as Five Kernel and Teochew Mooncakes. Five Kernel (Wu Ren) Mooncake : This mooncake has some salty and sweet tastes. Inside there are five types of nuts and seeds such as watermelon and pumpkin seed, peanuts, walnuts, sesame and almonds. Sometimes it has preserved orange peel, candied wintermelon or Chinese ham inside. Suzhou and Chaozhou (Teochew) Mooncakes: This kind of mooncake has a thin and multi layered crust. It also has sweet and savoury taste. Usually the popular filling are red bean, lotus or yam paste.
There are also some legends behind the moon cake festival. One of the legends says that long time ago there were ten suns surrounding the earth; this made the earth was very hot. At that time there was a hero called Hou Yi who decided to shoot down nine of the ten suns. Everybody was very happy because there was only one sun left and the earth was not too hot anymore. To honor his achievement, one of the goddess rewarded Hou Yi an elixir of immortality. However Hou Yi did not want to drink the elixir because he did not want to be immortal without his wife, - Chang e. So he asked Chang e to hide the elixir. But one day when Hou Yi went out for hunting, one of Hou Yi friend, – Feng Meng-, came to the house and forced Chang'e to give the elixir to him. Chang e refused to give the elixir to Feng Meng, instead she decided to drink it herself. After she drank it, her body was floating to the moon. Hou Yi later found out about this incident and he was very sad. Because he loved his wife so much, he prepared Chang e’s favorite fruits and cakes on a table and worshiped her wife. Other people also did the same thing in honor to Chang e.
Another version of the legends says that after shooting down the nine suns, Hou Yi was appointed to be a king. But he was turning to be a cruel king. He also asked an elixir of immortality from the Goddess. However Chang e did not want her husband to drink it because she did not want a cruel king to live forever. Therefore she stole it and drank it by herself and flew to the moon. Other people were very grateful to her and they offer a sacrifice every fifteenth of the eight month in the lunar year.