Guess what? Rovio Mobile has its own bakery products in China — the bird-shaped mooncakes (pictured above). These Angry Birds mooncakes are specially made to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn festival — a holiday for members of a family to get together wherever it is possible.
So how does a mooncake tastes like? Well, we have a video showing one of our colleagues trying her mouth on every kind of Angry Birds mooncakes, after the break.
The Mid-Autumn festival (also called the Moon festival) falls on September 12th in the year 2011. On this day, when the moon is at its maximum brightness, the Chinese people would invite friends and relatives to hold family reunion feasts for celebration at the night of the Moon Festival. They sit together to eat mooncakes, appreciate the bright full moon, celebrate the bumper harvest and enjoy the family love and happiness. To the Chinese people, the full moon symbolizes family reunion, so do the mooncakes.
What’s so special with the mooncakes?
The mooncake is actually a kind of cookie filled with lotus seed paste (the traditional one) or other types of filling (the snowy type), surrounded by a relatively thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Sounds kind of weird? Lotus seed paste and egg yolks? It’s actually not bad (especially the yolk part) and when enjoy with a cup of tea, it’s a nice light breakfast or afternoon snack. How big is it? It’s roughly the size of an Apple TV. Mooncakes are quite filling, so they are meant to be cut diagonally in quarters and passed around. At the Moon Festival, people eat mooncakes to express their homesickness and love for their family member, and their hope for a bumper harvest and a happy life. Nowadays, mooncakes with their various flavors and delicate packaging actually have become a kind of artwork. And here we have the Angry Birds mooncake!
>>>> Hands-on with Angry Birds Mooncake (on Flickr)
First, the traditional Angry Birds mooncakes are packed in a nice tin box.
How about mooncakes from China? Since it’s a Made-in-China food product, we don’t have much appetite for it. Why? The TV news here have been reporting that Made-in-China food products are not “safe”, they contain toxic ingredients. For more info, click here to see a news report covering the “bad” mooncakes from mainland China.
Anyway, we still tried to eat this traditional Angry Birds mooncake. However, we couldn’t unhinge our jaws to get the entire mooncake into our mouth at once. The best way, we found, was to eat it like an ice cream sundae; by hacking away at its sides with a fork. And we drank 7 cups of water to swallow the pieces of the mooncake. It’s really a bad experience…
The Snowy Mooncake (made in Hong Kong)
p.s. Do you like mooncakes? Have you ever tried them before? Before you try, you need to know that a mooncake contains 700-800 calories, while McDonald’s Big Mac contains 540 calories.