“Teacher, would you like sweet pineapple buns for an afternoon snack”, I asked? “We have too many moon cakes for that” came his mumbled reply as he shook his head and shuffled away.
At the tea house, there is plenty. And right now, there are plenty of moon cakes. Small cakes about 3 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches high. Filled with black bean or red bean or mung bean paste, tasting sweet like dates. They are given as gifts during the moon harvest festival and often to relatives and highly regarded acquaintances. My teacher is one such person and receives more than his share of moon cakes.
We’ve had moon cakes for the last two days, so I offered up a different option. But never one to let anything go to waste, my teacher will be serving moon cakes until they’re gone. Today we had a new favorite of mine: fruit and nut. Pieces of almond, sesame, coconut, maybe pineapple too and it was like a version of pecan pie. Nutty and sweet.