Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu

Mark your calendars! The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Finally, something to celebrate!

A couple of years ago, I posted a Mid-Autumn Festival menu and I wanted to update it for this year. I think we all deserve something a little extra special, so you’ll find my original menu items plus some new Mid-Autumn Festival menu additions that you’re sure to love. 

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu

Festival Food

Naturally, my Mid-Autumn Festival menu has to begin with traditional mooncakes. I’ve also included snow skin mooncakes with a custard filling, a really beautiful version of mooncakes that are more like mochi on the outside. Dan Huang Su is another fun puff pastry mooncake filled with red bean paste and salty egg yolk that is a special treat and worth every bit of effort. 

The Ultimate Guide to Traditional Mooncake (传统广式月饼)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - The Ultimate Guide to Traditional Mooncake (传统广式月饼)

Snow Skin Mooncake with Custard Filling (冰皮月饼)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Snow Skin Mooncake with Custard Filling (冰皮月饼)

Dan Huang Su (Pastry Mooncake with Salty Egg Yolk, 蛋黄酥)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Dan Huang Su (Pastry Mooncake with Salty Egg Yolk, 蛋黄酥)

Mooncake Filling & Ingredients

For the Mid-Autumn Festival menu, mooncakes really are one of the biggest pleasures. You can find different fillings below, ranging from lotus seed paste to golden syrup. Make a variety of them and give them as gifts, or enjoy them with your family to make the holiday even better. 

Homemade Lotus Seed Paste (莲蓉馅)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Homemade Lotus Seed Paste (莲蓉馅)

How to Make Red Bean Paste (红豆沙馅)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - How to Make Red Bean Paste (红豆沙馅)

Homemade Golden Syrup (转化糖浆, Inverted Sugar Syrup)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Homemade Golden Syrup (转化糖浆, Inverted Sugar Syrup)

Kansui (lye water, alkaline solution, 枧水)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Kansui (lye water, alkaline solution, 枧水)

Appetizers

One of the best parts of the Mid-Autumn Festival menu is that you must fill your table with an array of dishes. Appetizers should come out first to set the tone for the rest of the meal. Start with avocado shrimp spring rolls or Chinese baked hot wings if you want something more modern. Or go more traditional with Chinese pickled cabbage, salt and pepper pork chops, or easy Chinese cucumber salad. 

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops (椒盐猪排)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Salt and Pepper Pork Chops (椒盐猪排)

Chinese Pickled Cabbage

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Chinese Pickled Cabbage

Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp

Chinese Baked Hot Wings

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Chinese Baked Hot Wings

Easy Chinese Cucumber Salad (拍黄瓜)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Easy Chinese Cucumber Salad (拍黄瓜)

Chinese Beef Dumplings

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Chinese Beef Dumplings

Main Dishes

On a holiday, main dishes should be extravagant. For the Mid-Autumn Festival menu, you can’t go wrong with crispy Chinese duck breast, a heavenly treat. Three cup chicken is a classic main dish that everyone will polish off, while steamed fish with black bean sauce is sure to bring good luck for the season. 

Simplify your cooking time by using your Instant Pot to make tender braised beef. And if you have any meatless guests joining you, add Kung Pao cauliflower to your Mid-Autumn Festival menu. 

Crispy Chinese Duck Breast

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Crispy Chinese Duck Breast

Steamed Fish with Black Bean Sauce

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

Hong Shao Rou (Red Braised Pork, 红烧肉)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Hong Shao Rou (Red Braised Pork, 红烧肉)

The Best Cantonese Roast Chicken (广式烧鸡)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - The Best Cantonese Roast Chicken (广式烧鸡)

Kung Pao Cauliflower (宫保菜花)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Kung Pao Cauliflower (宫保菜花)

Three Cup Chicken (三杯鸡)

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Menu - Three Cup Chicken (三杯鸡)

Sweet and Sour Pork (糖醋里脊)

Sweet and Sour Pork (糖醋里脊)

Instant Pot Braised Beef (Chinese-Style)

Instant Pot Braised Beef (Chinese-Style)

Side Dishes

As per Chinese tradition, the Mid-Autumn Festival menu has to have side dishes to go with those mains. These simple additions add more delight for guests to choose from and round out the meal. Try something spicy with Szechuan dry-fried green beans. Please everyone at the table with soy sauce fried rice. Get more veggies going around with a baby bok choy stir fry, Chinese coleslaw, or my easy Chinese broccoli recipe. Even better, try them all!

Soy Sauce Fried Rice (酱油炒饭)

Soy Sauce Fried Rice (酱油炒饭)

Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans (干煸四季豆)

Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans (干煸四季豆) - {Vegan Adaptable, Gluten Free Adaptable}

The Best Chinese Coleslaw

The Best Chinese Coleslaw

Real Deal Sesame Noodles

Real Deal Sesame Noodles

4-Ingredient Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry

4-Ingredient Baby Bok Choy Stir Fry

An Easy Chinese Broccoli Recipe

An Easy Chinese Broccoli Recipe

Get ready to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and choose the dishes you’ll want to put on your table. The more, the merrier! Which ones will you be making?

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