Mid-Autumn Festival has long become an important Tet holiday of Vietnamese people. Every year when the Mid-Autumn Festival comes, there are countless mooncake stalls of companies large and small along the streets. Along with the development of brands, moon cakes are therefore also modified and improved a lot from the filling to the form.
Buying the moon and giving each other moon cakes is also a way many people send their sincere thanks. Therefore, today’s mooncake box not only contains cakes but also pays great attention to the form so as to achieve aesthetic and luxurious elements. And to increase the value of the cake box, many people also choose boxes that come with auxiliary drinks such as tea and wine.
Talking about the combination of drinks and moon cakes. Traditional mooncakes used to be mixed in the past, but for long-lasting natural preservation, they used a lot of sugar. However, because of that, the moon cake is often very sweet, so when eating the cake, people often use it with tea to neutralize the sweetness, making the piece of cake less boring. Today, beyond the principles of cuisine, one can even combine moon cakes with red wine or coffee – drinks that are sour, acrid or slightly bitter. But the most traditional and imbued with national identity is enjoying moon cakes with tea.
So, which tea is the right taste for mooncakes to drink with? According to his father’s custom, moon cakes are often served with delicious Thai Nguyen tea. Whoever is more skillful, has more conditions, will bring that tea to brew lotus, marinate jasmine, so the batches of lotus tea and jasmine tea have strong autumn flavor. Because it is a special and solemn New Year’s Day, these teas are often saved, until the night of the full moon to break the feast, watch the moon with family and guests.
On the moonlit night, after the children had carried the lanterns, the whole family gathered around the five-fruit tray, eating cakes and enjoying tea together. Sweet-loving children just bite the big pieces of cake to eat for pleasure, but adults will sip each small piece of cake. Bite a piece of cake, take a sip of tea, you will see a mild bitter taste, a slight acrid spread in your mouth, and then after that bitter taste, you will see a sweet taste, making the deliciousness of the cake increase many times. Perhaps that is why there are few drinks that can replace hot tea in the art of enjoying moon cakes.
Today, besides traditional tea, some brands can also combine Vietnamese mooncakes with imported tea. But when it comes to the traditional tea, which is most suitable for the moon cake, surely Vietnamese people, whether young or old, still choose the day tea, lotus tea or day tea without hesitation. On the night of the most full moon of the year, beside the round cake, sips of bitter – acrid – fragrant – sweet tea like the taste of life make the story of friendship more intense and cohesive.