03 October 2017 0 Comments Posted By : Gail Johnson

Celebrating Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with a feast of king crab, duck, taro, and mooncake

While many families are getting ready this week for a turkey feast to celebrate Thanksgiving, members of Vancouver’s Chinese community will be marking the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The second grandest festival in China after Chinese New Year, it takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar during a full moon. This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Wednesday (October 4)..

“This is a time for families to hold reunions,” says Annie Lee, spokesperson for Western Lake Chinese Restaurant (4989 Victoria Drive). “The moon is the fullest and brightest on this day, and the round shape of the moon signifies reunion in Chinese culture. Mid-Autumn Festival is considered a harvest festival, and some people even compare it to Thanksgiving in North American culture."

A lavish meal is a major part of the celebrations. Western Lake chefs Tony Mah and John Deng, both natives of Taishae who specialize in fusion of Northern and Southern Chinese cuisine, will be preparing a 12-course feast.

The extravagant menu includes crispy Peking duck skin with crepes, duck lettuce wraps, King crab legs steamed with garlic, shredded duck-meat soup with dried scallops, diced beef tenderloin with deep-fried milk puffs, tossed noodle with crab sauce, sauteed and deep-fried sole fillet, baked tapioca pudding with taro, and, of course, mooncake, among other dishes.

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