Monday, October 1, 2012

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

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Yesterday was the Mid-Autumn Festival. There are two Chinese holidays that we are always sure to celebrate in our home. This one, and Chinese New Year.

We celebrated with Chinese Hot Pot. Our favorite type of Chinese meal! We had a similar meal while in Beijing in May, and although we don't include some of the very strange things they gave us (like blood tofu!) we pick our very favourite items and Canadianize (is that a word???) them.

My creation 1

We buy our hot pot stock at TNT Supermarket, our local Asian speciality market. Our hot pot includes:

- baby bok choy
- mushrooms
- peppers
- dumplings
- fresh noodles
- thinly sliced beef
- shrimp

We then dip these items into a Sesame Dressing (I use Kraft) with fresh cilantro and hot chili oil.

We ended our meal with tea and moon cakes. We tried some traditional moon cakes with walnuts and dates and some ice cream moon cakes, neither were a big hit!

My creation2

The Mid-Autumn Moon
by Li Qiao

A full moon hangs high in the chilly sky,
All say it's the same everywhere, round and bright.
But how can one be sure thousands of li away
Wind and perhaps rain may not be marring the night?


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4 comments:

Monica said...

Happy Mid-Autumn Moon! Your celebration sounds so fun - and yummy!!

I love that first picture. Silas looks so great in the middle of those two beauties.

The Hull Munchkins said...

Oh Yumm!! What a fun way to celebrate with the whole family. I love hot pot!! Need to get one...

Silas looks to be adjusting really well. They are all so precious sitting together!

We hope to get TA this week! Can't wait.

the meaklims said...

Looks and sounds delicious Paige! It was lovely to be in China while they were preparing. :)

Jill

Marie said...

I thought of celebrating this year and that's as far as it got...a thought only. It is so neat and important to do these things with our kids...hats off to you for being to diligent.