Mid-Autumn Festival is over, which means the uneaten moon cakes piling up probably make Shanghai look like the Chinese equivalent of Chewandswallow from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. And since we don’t want to waste millions of moon cakes like Hong Kong did last year (or god knows how many the mainland dumped), we compiled 10 ingenious ways to reuse your leftover Mid-autumn festival pastries.
1. Animal feed
Cake manufacturers have in the past converted moon cakes into animal feed (which we hope they denote on the meat’s label: “organic, free-range, moon-cake-fattened”). So why shouldn’t you? Though apparently pandas only eat piping hot moon cakes made from scratch by Miss China Cosmos pageant contestants. We imagine feeding them hour-old cakes made by moderately attractive women is a capital offense.
2. Suck it up and eat them
If expired moon cakes are good enough for drugged-up, H7N9 feedlot animals, than they’re obviously fit for human consumption, as Dongguan manufacturers have showed us. Get creative like Fujian Normal University canteen staff, who, after the 2011 Mid-Autumn fest, fed students over-the-hill moon cakes stir-fried with tree-ear mushrooms, chilies, and various sauces – something that’ll hopefully never happen again if/when they outlaw corporal punishment in Chinese schools.
3. Hockey pucks, paper weights, and door stops.
4. Building materials
Use them to patch up those pesky holes in the walls of your shared apartment, or help reinforce your building’s shoddy foundation. Or build an insane asylum for anybody who’d spend over 1,000RMB on a luxury box that only contains around four freaking moon cakes!
5. Vessels for hate messages
As we’ve observed, moon cakes are the perfect vessels for hate messages. Simply etch your spiteful slogan on the top of your uneaten cake like so. Bonus: you won’t need aid of a rock to send the message through the recipient’s window. And considering a moon cake’s shelf life, your message will no doubt be seen millions of years from now when they unthaw the permafrost, and will probably taste the same as when it was first baked.
6. Gifts for next year’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].