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Foreigners make moon cakes with local residents in Shandong

2019/9/17 11:00:22   source:sdchina.com

Overseas students from Pakistan, Uganda, Laos, Chile and Thailand visited Shunjing community and learned to make moon cakes with local residents to experience the festive air of China's Mid-Autumn Festival in Jinan, east China's Shandong province.

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of August on the Chinese lunar calendar. Moon cakes have been a traditional snack eaten at the Mid-Autumn Festival since ancient times.

Under the guidance of residents from Shunjing community, the overseas students started to make traditional moon cakes by themselves. "Pour in warm water of 85 degree. The ratio of water to flour is 1:1. Knead the dough evenly while it is warm and set it aside to cool," said a resident. "The filling for one moon cake is about 25 grams in weight. Knead it into a ball, put it in the center of a dough, wrap it up and put it into the oiled mold..."

However, it was not easy to take the moon cake out of the mold. Yimmy, from Thailand, was disappointed when her first moon cake stuck to the mold. A resident told her, "It will not stick to the mold if you put more dry flour on the surface of the moon cake." Then she tried a second one. This time she made the moon cake using the method that the resident told her and finally succeeded.

In this way, a number of moon cakes took shape in the hands of the overseas students. They felt excited and satisfied with the mooncakes made by themselves.

Yang Guangming, from Laos, said, "this is my first time to make moon cakes and first time to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is really interesting. Through making moon cakes, I have become more interested in traditional Chinese culture. "

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