The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivals in the Chinese calendar. When the moon is brightest and roundest – on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar – families and friends gather together, burning incense and enjoying the traditional harvest festival treat: the mooncake.
The giving and receiving of mooncakes is central to the festival, their round shape symbolising completeness and reunion. They are often given as gifts, sometimes accompanied by osmanthus wine, the flowers of which are in season during this time.
Mooncakes differ from region to region, from traditional pastries filled with savoury seaweed and ham or sweetened red bean pastes, to contemporary versions stuffed with ice cream or salted caramel.
Yauatcha has created a signature mooncake for this auspicious occasion, filled with a sweet Chinese-style custard. The mooncakes will be available from the restaurants and at Yauatcha Patisserie from Tuesday 28th August until Monday 24th September.