If you’ve never heard of mooncakes, they’re kind of a big deal. Within Chinese communities, the mooncake festival has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years. It happens to involve some insanely attractive cakes.
mooncakes are not from mars
Obviously. As the legend of mooncakes goes, a mysterious woman drank the elixir of immortality and floated to the moon. Her husband prayed to the skies for her return, using her favourite cakes as an offering. Since then, families have offered mooncakes to heaven in return for blessings. This is known as the Mid-Autumn festival, which has been celebrated in China for over 3,000 years.
what even is a mooncake
Mooncakes are cased within a golden syrup dough (we’re done already), mixed with alkaline water. Main ingredients for the inside generally consist of lotus seed paste or bean paste. At the very centre of the cake, you’ll find an egg yolk. Yes, please.
it helped overthrow the mongolian army
This fact will help you win a season of Tinder dates. Secret paper messages were concealed inside mooncakes to pass the date and time of rebellion during the Han revolution against Mongolians! The plan succeeded, and the Ming Dynasty was established. Mind. Blown.
the yolk represents the full moon
Encased within the bean paste, a duck egg yolk can be found, giving Mooncakes God status. This is often a duck egg, which represents the full moon. Finding more than one yolk in a cake is representative of the phase of the Moon.
more calories than a big mac
A mooncake (size of the palm of your hand) averages at 1,000 calories, which is at least double that of a Big Mac. Sorry.
it’s cut into eight pieces
This is because the number eight is synonymous with prosperity in many Chinese cultures. And, you know, everyone wants to get rich by means of eating.