A Global Canton Fun International Moon Cake Festival was held August 27 to help foreign visitors learn more about Cantonese culture. The event, sponsored by the Information Office of Guangzhou Municipality and the Guangzhou Restaurant, took place at the Guangdong Museum. Foreigners from countries such as France, Russia, Belgium, Spain, Columbia, Chile, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Mauritius participated.
With Mid-Autumn Festival approaching, the foreigners experienced the traditional food of Guangzhou and learned how to make moon cakes from an experienced dim sum chef. Cantonese moon cakes are famous in China and overseas and are eaten during Mid-Autumn Festival. Guangzhou Restaurant, one of the most traditional Cantonese restaurants in the city, has been producing moon cakes for over eight decades.
Although the foreigners were a little bit nervous and in hurry, they had a lot of fun making the moon cakes. With the help of everyone, all foreigners completed preparing “mixed blood” moon cakes. Alicia from Spain and Ana from Columbia won the best moon cake making awards.
In order to make foreigners more aware about Cantonese food, the hosts arranged a pastry guessing game. After they were introduced to the history and the features of five pastries, baked pork biscuit (鸡仔饼), Sachima(沙琪玛), Bride crisp (嫁女饼), sweetheart pastry(老婆饼), and perserved egg cookies (皮蛋酥), they were divided into two teams They tasted the pastries and sampled their various flavors. Then, with covered eyes, they again sampled one of the pastries and had to guess its correct name. All the foreigners enjoyed the game.
After the activity, the foreigners said they would bring the moon cakes they made themselves to friends and relatives in their home countries.
(By Joanna You, Louis Berney)