Tradition

By: Stephanie

Sep 22 2010

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Category: Morsel

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I have heard moon cake described as both the Chinese equivalent of fruit cake (read: nobody wants to eat it) and a much-anticipated seasonal delicacy. No matter which is more true in Taiwan, yue bing (月餅) remain irreplaceable tokens of good will and friendship during this time of year.

Stories explaining the origin of the moon cake often refer to the later days of the Yuan dynasty, where Ming spies would hide messages inside the yue bing itself or print them on top so that the receiver could slice and rearrange seemingly-innocuous characters into a secret code, signaling a mass uprising during the eight lunar month. Today, people continue to divide moon cakes, traditionally square or round, into cubes or wedges to share with friends and family, though the only secret to be discovered is the flavor of the filling…

中秋節快樂!Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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