It seems that Cody and I picked the perfect time to move to Malaysia. It is the start of holiday and festival season. Hari Raya just ended and a week later, it was the Chinese Lantern Festival. Our condo association was having a celebration of their own, so we went downstairs and joined in the festivities and hoped to make some new friends. All of the kids had bright and colorful paper lanterns and there was plenty of food and entertainment.
We did not meet any new friends, but I did say hello to the man who works downstairs at the Curry House and I saw my favorite condo kid. The one I scared in the elevator by saying “bye” to him. Cody is convinced that I made him pee his pants by my awkward departure.
There was dancing and a karaoke contest. We almost won a raffle prize too but I had to sit one chair away instead of the chair that won.
This time of year is the only time that you can get mooncakes.
Mooncakes are Chinese pastries traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival / Zhongqiu Festival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching; moon cakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy on this occasion. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival, one of the three most important Chinese festivals.
Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4-5 cm thick. A thick filling usually made from lotus seed paste is surrounded by a relatively thin (2-3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are rich, heavy, and dense compared with most Western cakes and pastries. They are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea.
One classroom at Cody’s school made some and we got to try them. They are really sweet and pretty good.