Moon Festival Is Coming Soon

What is Moon Festival?

Moon Festival is also called Mid-Autumn Festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in Taiwan. On this day, families and relatives gather, eat moon cakes, and barbecue together.

Actually, long time ago, there was a time people couldn’t bear the rule of the government. A brave man, Zhu Yuanzhang, came up with a brilliant idea and stuffed hiding notes with “Uprise on the night of August 15th” in mooncakes, which made it easier to pass messages and successfully staged an uprising. Since then, eating moon cakes has been a custom on Mid-Autumn Festival. What really interesting is that typical moon cakes are round, and round sounds similar to gathering and reunion in Mandarin.

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On last Saturday, to celebrate the up-coming festival, we organized a day tour for foreign visitors from all over the world. The bakers at Guo Yuanyi Museum of Cake and Pastry taught them how to knead the dough, stuff the sweet fillings in the moon cakes.

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After that, they also enjoy their tea time and pastry. They mentioned that they had so much fun there.

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What’s more, they put on traditional Chinese costumes, acting like the brides and grooms. It seemed like they travel back in time, which is so cool.

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How to Make Moon Cakes?

FOR THE DOUGH

  1. Mix the golden syrup, alkaline water and oil well. Sift in the flour. Knead into a dough. Cover with film wrap and rest for 40 minutes.
  2. Mix egg yolks with wine.
  3. Cut into 12 equal portions.
    Photo Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn_Xdmp9iyI

     

    FOR THE EGG WASH

    1. Whisk the egg yolk with the egg white. Sift through a fine sieve.
      Photo Credits: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Egg-Wash
      Photo Credits: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-an-Egg-Wash

      FOR THE FILLING

      1. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into a small ball shape.
      2. Place the egg yolk inside and roll and shape into a ball.
      3. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 to 12 minutes.
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        Photo Credits: https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E6%9C%88%E9%A5%BC/248376

        Of course, you probably can not make such  beautiful shape of moon cakes. And what you need is a moon cake master.

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Taiwan Is Not Thailand

If you’ve once traveled to other countries, and introduced Taiwan to foreign friends, you will find it surprising that a lot of people mistake Taiwan for Thailand. Because the pronunciations between Taiwan and Thailand are too similar, lots of people get confused easily. Actually, if you observe these two countries closely, there are countless differences between them. Let me tell you how they vary from different aspects.

  • The shape of country

Taiwan looks like a sweet potato. Thailand looks like an elephant.

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Taiwan vs Thailand: The shape of country

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