We’re at that funny time in the year when there is nothing to celebrate quite yet, the summer is almost over, Halloween isn’t here yet, we can’t get excited about bonfire night and don’t even mention the C word (to clarify that is Christmas…in case you thought otherwise).
How about the Mid-Autumn festival then? You might not have heard of it, but it’s celebrated in China on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar during a full moon. Celebrating the legend of Chang’e, the moon goddess, and Houyi, the archer, Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for gathering, thanksgiving and praying and families come together to make offers to the moon and think about friends and family who live far away. It’s also a time for eating moon cake, the circular shape of the cakes represents reunions – sounds like our sort of celebration, family, friends and food.
To mark the festival, Chinese restaurant Hutong has a special dedicated menu running now until 5th October. The 4 course, 8 dish menu courses including: Seafood dumplings in spicy broth; King prawns with Sichuan chilli and ginkgo nuts; and Sichuan-style double-cooked Iberico pork loin. Hutong’s magnificent take on the Mooncake will be the culmination of the celebrations, accompanied by lychee sorbet, believed to bestow good fortune and a happy life on the eater – so get eating…lots of it. There is also an optional drinks pairing with each dish, including the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ cocktail.
So head to Hutong to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival and why not give your that friend or relative who you haven’t seen for ages a call?