Market watch officers inspect a moon cake shop in Quy Nhơn City, Bình Định Province. — VNA/VNS Vũ Sinh HÀ NỘI — The Market Watch General Department will take samples of moon cakes sold to the public for tests to ensure the quality and safety of the products during the Mid-autumn Festival, which starts next month. The Ministry of Industry and Trade will assign relevant units to do the tests. The department will also keep an eye on homemade moon cakes, which are sold online and via orders. The origin of the products have mostly remained unknown. In a document sent to market watch departments of cities and provinces nationwide, the department has asked localities to tighten control on the quality of moon cakes and children’s toys during the festival. The market watch departments in localities will inspect the transport, production and trading of raw materials for the cakes to promptly curb the smuggling of materials … [Read more...] about Market Watch tightens control on moon cakes
They are made with fragrant glutinous sticky rice with tastily rich gac fruit flavour and the aroma of crystalised candied winter melon, or fragrant pandan leaf flavour mixed with the sweet taste of pumpkin and lotus seeds. A piece of vegetarian chung cakes also helps us savour the Tet flavour. Talking about how to make vegetarian chung cakes, artisan Tran Tuyet Mai, who has a long-time tradition of making chung cakes and xoi (steamed sticky rice) of Tuong Mai village, Hanoi, said that in the past ten years, many families like to order vegetarian chung cakes as offerings to ancestors and to enjoy during the Lunar New Year. Every Tet holiday, Mai receives a few hundred orders for making vegetarian chung cakes. The cakes are hot dishes from the mid-final month of the old lunar year until Tet. Not only the elderly, many young people also like to eat vegetarian chung cakes on Tet. Vegetarian chung cakes have two tastes that can easily satisfy customers, including vegetarian chung cakes … [Read more...] about Unique flavour of vegetarian chung cakes on Tet
Back to English Comments Culture & Arts - September 23, 2018 | 11:16 am GMT+7 One experienced mooncake-maker in Hanoi has seen the art and craft wax and wane, and do it again.Dung’s hands move with practiced ease.He has been doing this for 50 years and the dough is like putty in his hands. After some kneading he cuts the dough into smaller pieces and uses the mold to shape them. A thin layer of white flour flies into the air every time he taps one piece of dough out of the wooden mold.Flour is everywhere. On the table. On his apron. On his sweaty, chef’s hat. And from the cloud of dough dust, a moon emerges. A white, sticky rice mooncake is ready to be baked and keep its tryst with the fullest, biggest moon of the year – the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, celebrated as the “Mid-Autumn Festival.”About 20 people are busy in the “workshop,” mixing fillings, shaping dough and baking new batches of cakes. They are focused and … [Read more...] about Many moons ago, mooncakes were a dark secret – VnExpress International
Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
Expat Interest Some very Vietnamese events By Bradley Winterton Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018,17:14 (GMT+7) Some very Vietnamese events By Bradley Winterton Thien An Real event at the Sheraton Hotel on August 19 - PHOTO: BRADLEY WINTERTON HCMC - There is a certain kind of event that seems to be typical of Vietnam. It will typically take place in one of a five-star hotel’s reception rooms, or maybe in an up-market restaurant. Its purpose will be to celebrate and promote the products of a particular company, and maybe there’s nothing particularly Vietnamese in that. But the style in which such events are organized is something I have never experienced anywhere else in the world. The first of these I experienced was organized by Golden Asia Food. It took place in the Hoa Sui Restaurant, in Tan Binh District, on Sunday, August 11, and featured some 300 guests being lavishly entertained. There was a seven or eight-course … [Read more...] about Some very Vietnamese events