Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!
It’s that time of the year–the time to let loose and eat all kinds of mooncakes in honor of the Mid-Autumn Festival, aka the Mooncake Festival, an official harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people!
During Mid-Autumn Festival, people celebrate by eating & giving mooncakes filled with lotus paste and a salted egg yolk (yum!!) to their friends and neighbours, while children attend lantern parades holding colourful lanterns, and families attend big lantern parades and exhibitions. How fun!
If you got some mooncakes from your friends/ neighbours, here are some tips on storing mooncakes (so they won’t go to waste!)!
1. Mooncakes actually have a fairly long shelf-life due to their high sugar content, and will of course last longer if they’re stored in vacuum packaging.
2. The mooncakes should be stored in a cool place, and not exposed to heat (i.e. don’t place your box on top of the microwave oven, or in your car boot).
3. Baked mooncakes (the “original” kind) can be kept for up to three months, and snow-skin mooncakes can be kept for ten to twenty days if stored in temperatures between 5°C and 6°C (the usual fridge would do fine).
4. Mooncakes without egg yolks are yummier if consumed after three months.