I expected the locals prepared an elaborate celebration for this festival. I thought there will be a lot of food, fireworks, and the dice game. The school organized for local students to meet & greet the "foreign" students on Mid Autumn. I got to ask how do they celebrate this festival. Their answer actually surprised me. They said most of them usually meet up with friends or stay with their family, eat some mooncake and look at the moon. I asked if they have the dice game. They looked at me with a puzzled looked & asked what dice game. I said, "didn't the tradition originate here, where you play a dice game on Mid Autumn and you get various prizes?". They said those kinds of tradition might be regional. I guess Beijing being in the north and my ancestors hailing from the southern part of China didn't share the same way of celebrating the Mooncake festival. I hope one day I will be able to visit my ancestral land during this time of the year. It would be interesting to see how they celebrate it in the twenty first century.
|The ever present Xiao Long Bao|
|Fish Fillet with Tao So Sauce|
|Sauce for the fish fillet|
|Fried mini "sliver thread" buns|
|Condensed milk for the buns|
|Braised Abalone with Mushroom & Vegetables|
|Mooncake for dessert at home|
Remember: Eat Live and Be Happy!
** Full details about Peking Garden can be found in a previous entry.**
中秋节快乐! (Zhong Qiu Jie Kuai Le) Happy Mid Autumn Festival Everyone!