DIY Creative Mooncake Party: Expats Have Their Own Way to Celebrate Mid-autumn Festival

Authors: Go Chengdu

2016-09-14

A group of foreigners in Chengdu, from countries such as the US, India, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands had a unique way to celebrate the upcoming Mid-autumn Festival.
The DIY Creative Mooncake Party, organized by GoChengdu.cn and Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu, was held on August 12 at Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu. A group of foreigners in Chengdu, from countries such as the US, India, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands had a unique way to celebrate the upcoming Mid-autumn Festival — they had a session on how to make mooncakes under the guidance of the chefs from the hotel.
Mr. Li, a master chef from Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu, first introduced the ingredients and the moulds to make mooncakes, and demonstrated the methods to make the crispy-skin mooncake, a kind of traditional mooncakes, closely watched by the participating foreigners with great interest.
One of the participants, Sushila from India, showed skillful techniques in making the mooncakes. "It's somewhat very similar to making the Indian Samosa," she said, "Not as difficult as I thought." Not surprisingly, the mooncakes she made got the nod from the chef and won praises from everyone.

Emelyn from the Netherlands was attracted by the moulds and asked if she could buy one for home decoration, and everybody was thrilled by the introduction on how to clean the moulds. "What a smart invention," they said, "We are so impressed with the talent of ancient Chinese."
By trial and error, all of them finished with success in making mooncakes with the instructions by the chefs.
The party came to a climax with the part of DIY Creative Mooncakes, in which the participants tried to make mooncakes with their imaginations, by using any of ingredients provided: lotus seed paste, sausages, Pixian broad bean paste, cream, mustard, sugar, vinegar, and so on. "That's crazy," some exclaimed at the end of the session, "Imagine you have a mouthful of mustard mooncake!"
But everyone was excited about the extraordinary experience that helped them better know the tradition of Mid-Autumn Festival and local culture.

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