Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu

On September 24, 2018, it will be time to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, a holiday I love dearly. No holiday would be complete without a proper Mid-Autumn Festival menu though so take it from me, these are the things you’ve got to have on your table to do this celebration right.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu

Festival Food

There are 3 things that symbolize to any Chinese person that it is Mid-Autumn Festival time. They are mooncakes, pumpkin buns, and rice cakes. I’ll admit they are a bit of work, particularly the mooncakes, but they’re worth the effort and so beautiful too. If you have the time for making mooncakes, this ultimate guide to traditional mooncakes will help you. If you’re short on time or you love pumpkin (or both!) try the Chinese pumpkin bun for a crispy texture and sweet brown sugar filling you’ll love. These sticky rice cakes with sweet red bean paste are another option for a festival treat for the holiday!

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Festival Foods - Mooncake & Rice cakes


Like any good feast, you’ve got to have some starters. These will bring the wow-factor to your Mid-Autumn Festival menu.

Honey Lotus Root with Sticky Rice

Hearty lotus root is cooked with a delicate floral broth and drizzled with Osmanthus syrup for a flowery finish.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Honey Lotus Root with Sticky Rice

Cheesy Shrimp Baked Spring Rolls

This baked version of a dim sum classic will vanish fast, especially since it has cheese that beautifully unites both American and Chinese cultures in every delicious bite!

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Cheesy Shrimp Baked Spring Rolls

Chinese Beef Dumplings

Every Chinese holiday needs dumplings! Add these juicy and flavorful beef dumplings to your Mid-Autumn Festival menu and they’ll disappear fast!

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Chinese Beef Dumplings

3-Ingredient Fried Shrimp

A tempura-like texture makes this simple appetizer a perfect way to start out any celebration.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - 3-Ingredient Fried Shrimp

Main Dishes

On to the main event! These Mid-Autumn Festival menu items are ideal for such a special occasion.

Crispy Chinese Duck Breast

One of the best delights in China is a crisp duck breast, served with thin pancakes, sliced green onions and savory sauce to wrap up all these beautiful flavors in the perfect package.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Crispy Chinese Duck Breast

The Best Slow Roast Duck

Use a whole slow-cooked duck for fall-off-the-bone tender meat with a crispy crust to be the star of your dinner!

Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken - This homemade soy sauce chicken has silky tender meat with a deep savory flavor. Learn how easy it is to make this Cantonese dim sum at home and even achieve restaurant taste. #marinade #recipe #healthy #glutenfree #brownsugar

Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Tender, juicy fish flakes apart revealing a buttery taste swirling with the fragrant aroma of garlic, soy sauce, ginger, and fermented black beans.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce

Mom’s Best Braised Pork Ribs

Tender rib meat falls from the bones, drenched in a rich and savory sauce you’ll want to eat on everything.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Mom’s Best Braised Pork Ribs

Slow Roasted Crispy Pork Belly

Slow-roasted to perfect, you get tender and juicy pork meat on the inside and crispy crackling on the outside for a textural taste sensation.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Slow Roasted Crispy Pork Belly

The Best Cantonese Roast Chicken

On the outside, a stunning roasted chicken with crispy skin delights your guests. Serve it up and delight them further with juicy, flavorful meat they’ll eat until they can eat no more.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - The Best Cantonese Roast Chicken

Side Dishes

Along with your main dishes, these sides are just as eye-catching and delicious.

Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans

Slightly charred and tossed with an unforgettable sauce, when you make green beans this way, you’ll wonder why anyone slathers them with canned mushroom soup!

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans

Chinese Broccoli with Mushrooms

This easy stir-fried side is sure to please with a delicious brown sauce that will have everyone eating their veggies.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Chinese Broccoli with Mushrooms

The Best Chinese Coleslaw

Crispy, fresh, and absolutely amazing, this side with a tangy sweet sauce comes together fast for a crowd!

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - The Best Chinese Coleslaw

Real Deal Sesame Noodles

The secret is in the sauce for this phenomenal noodle dish that tastes so authentic, your guests will swear you’ve rung for takeout!

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Real Deal Sesame Noodles

3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice

Oh no! Forgot a side? Got extra guests showing up? This fried rice goes from start to finish in just 10 minutes. Simple, delicious, and completely customizable, it’s just what you need to complete your Mid-Autumn Festival menu.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - 3-Ingredient Egg Fried Rice

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu


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