Moon Cakes and Tea

Hubby and I had another shopping trip to the local Asian market and came back with some lovely goodies: moon cakes and tea! The moon cakes were a traditional treat to celebrate the mid-autumn festival. The timing seems odd to us, since in the U.S. we just started Autumn, but the Chinese calendar is different.

The mid-autumn festival is over, but hubby and I had our moon cakes and tea anyway. What are moon cakes? They are a curious mix of flavors, usually with some type of nut or bean paste inside. I think that the exterior layer tastes like a lettuce-on-white-bread sandwich, but the nut/bean paste is great.

We had a nice light pu-erh with them, steeped in a cast iron teapot (yeah, a gaiwan or Yixing teapot would have been more appropriate, but what the heck!).

While at that Asian market, we also found some Houjicha (a Japanese green tea that is roasted) and a Ceylon black tea. Woohoo!

All in all, a great tea time and shopping trip.

© 2012 A.C. Cargill photos and text

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