September 16th, 2016
In Hong Kong there’s something called the Mid-Autumn festival. It’s a very important holiday held on the 15th day of the eighth month on the Chinese calendar, being the first Holiday of the school year. This is a time to express gratitude with a jumbo harvest as well as enjoy a reunion with relatives who live far away. This year it fell on a Thursday, so evening classes were canceled and we were granted a lovely three-day weekend with Friday off. For most local students, this holiday meant packing up for the weekend and heading home to your family. For some people, it meant heading to Macau or flying down to Thailand for the extended weekend. Keith on the other hand, decided to take part in the festival and use this weekend to explore Hong Kong.
I did get to try my first mooncake. This is a pretty popular pastry in Hong Kong, especially for the festival, it’s like a soft biscuit with a moist chewy filling. The one I had was made with a thick red bean paste, that’s surrounded by a thin crust made with yolk from salted duck eggs. Very interesting, the texture was kind of weird and it tasted a bit like peanut butter during the first couple of chews. I’ll have to try out some other flavors to fully determine whether I like it or not.