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A traditional Chinese New Year dessert, the moon cake, is a round, flaky pastry, often filled with a paste of sweetened red beans, with


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Happy Chinese New Year

Red Bean-Filled Moon Cakes: A Delicious Controversy

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A traditional Chinese New Year dessert, the moon cake, is a round, flaky pastry, often filled with a paste of sweetened red beans, with a eggy, yellow crust on top. Stop into most any bakery in the ID and you'll be able to sample this delicacy. Not so strange as this may sound, moon cakes are an unusual and delicious treat.  

A recent story on NPR highlighted a culture clash in the accepted preparation and storage of this traditional bakery item. According to the story, health department officials were asking bakeries to refrigerate the pastries due to health concerns, despite the fact that moons cakes have been safely consumed, in the traditional unrefrigerated manner, for centuries. As one Chinese New Year celebrant noted, refrigerated moon cakes would be hazardous, due to their tendency to become hard as hockey pucks.

Any other Chinese New Year foodstuffs (controversial or not) that we should be on the lookout for?

(Photo by Neil Corcoran.) 

 
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