Here in Singapore, I don't think Dice Games are played but instead they tie this day in with the Lantern Festival. As early as a month ago, we have seen a lot of colorful lanterns being sold in mall atriums. I'm not quite sure yet what the lantern stands for but it sure looks really good to see the entire Chinatown district decorated with these colorful lanterns especially at night.
However, the main focus of this season are on these hand-crafted baked treats that we would give to friends, families and business partners as gifts. These are called Mooncakes and the story of how this came about dates back to the Yuan dynasty where mooncakes were made with a message inside. This was how the rebels spread the word about attacking the government on the night of the Moon Festival. Their plan was successful and brought about the establishment of the Ming dynasty.
As we got nearer and nearer to the BIG day, here are some of the yummy mooncakes that Paul and I were able to enjoy this year:
You see, I just found out that there are various durian grades available and what we normally have is the D24 which is widely available all over the region. Just recently, I was able to taste the Mao Shan Wang which is one of the more premium durian grades found here in Singapore and in Malaysia. I tell you, I'm never going back to D24 ever again! This one was creamier, more flavourful and had zero bitter aftertaste. I love it! I guess I've been raving about it so much that it was obviously a no-brainer for Paul when he went out to buy some more mooncakes.
There you have it, three delicious kinds of mooncakes for our first Mid-Autumn Festival here in the Lion City. Looking forward to trying more brands and variants next year.
How about you? What's your favorite mooncake?