The Golden Dragon Jumped Over the Moon

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The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon, around the time of the autumn equinox, is a centuries-old harvest ritual, associated with paper lanterns, dragon dances and but of course, yummy moon cakes.

These pastries were supposedly an ingenious invention by the Yuan dynasty revolutionaries, who used them to exchange secret messages hidden in the pastries.

They are traditionally made with a stuffing of egg yolks, red bean and lotus seed paste. A lighter, and more colourful modern version, popularly known as snow skin or ice skin moon cakes is made with glutinous rice flour in different flavours instead of plain flour.

Taj Krishna Hyderabad’s Autumn Moon Festival, on till September 14 2014, is a sweet excuse to sample these different versions of moon cakes. Master Chef Hung Fong Ng and his team have cooked up a special menu of Zhou dynasty cuisine that tastefully complements the moon cakes.

There’s a plethora of flavours and dishes to choose from – right from stir fried prawns with tobanjan (chilli bean sauce) and Beijing onion pancakes for starters, the seafood coriander and garlic soup, whole fish Jinan style and stir fried prawns with picked Chinese mustard leaves and sweet peppers for the main course and many more vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

An absolute must-try is the revitalising Mandarin Orange ice cream. Love, love, loved it!!!

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