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Moon cake – A sweet treat to complete your Chinese tea ceremony

Have you ever tried a moon cake? Living in Japan opens up a doorway to various Chinese food (especially bakery products) and culture in general, which can sometimes be exciting and even intriguing.

A moon cake (月餅) is called ‘geppei’ in Japanese.Moon cakeRound, moderately thick and medium-sized, they don’t actually resemble the Moon that much. But they are round, so maybe they do – in a proper setting. Moon cakes are often eaten in autumn, while enjoying the real, beautiful Moon.Moon cakeHowever, they are available all year round. You don’t even need to go to Yokohama Chinatown, though checking out their moon cakes might be a good idea too. I usually buy mine at the nearest convenience store. Consuming moon cakes somehow implies making a pot of flowering tea (花茶 or 工芸茶), which also originated in China.Moon cakeSlice your moon cake into little wedges and enjoy!

I’m not sure about traditional fillings like lotus seed paste, but I like the red bean paste and matcha paste fillings. A moon cake with sakura filling from Yokohama – that is so Japanese!Moon cakeA snow skin moon cake or crystal moon cake is an interesting non-bake variation of moon cake, but I haven’t tried it yet. Have you?

If there is the Moon, there has to be the Sun somewhere. And of course there is also a sun cake – popular Taiwanese dessert filled with condensed malt sugar. Although not as popular as its ‘nighttime counterpart’, a sun cake is also an interesting dessert to accompany your cup of tea.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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