Temple offers vegetarian mooncakes

The vegetarian mooncake from Shanghai's Jade Buddha Temple hit the market over the weekend after the abbot and senior monks blessed the traditional Mid-autumn Festival food.
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A customer purchases a box of mooncakes at the Jade Buddha Temple on Saturday as the festival feast hit the market over the weekend.

The vegetarian mooncake from Shanghai’s Jade Buddha Temple hit the market over the weekend after the abbot and senior monks blessed the traditional Mid-autumn Festival food.

The temple has a 30-year tradition of making mooncakes for the festival that falls on September 24 this year. The traditional Suzhou and Cantonese style mooncakes are being made through traditional procedures such as stuff making, modeling and baking that can hardly be produced by machines, according to the temple.

Some 150 senior chefs make about 70,000 mooncakes in over 20 flavors every day. Many of the chefs have been making the traditional food for decades.

The vegetarian mooncakes of the temple are made with less oil and sugar comparing with other traditional festival treats.

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A ceremony is held on Saturday at the Jade Buddha Temple to mark the beginning of the annual sales of its vegetarian mooncakes.

The temple’s abbot and senior monks blessed the mooncakes and the production line that people believe will bring good luck. The mooncakes are available in the temple and supermarkets across the city.

The temple initially made mooncakes to treat monks within the temple or present to guests and local seniors, but an increasing number of visitors ask to purchase and taste the festival snack.

The mooncake from the temple is especially popular among overseas Chinese and foreign visitors who buy at the temple on Jiangning Road in Putuo District which receives millions of foreign tourists every year, according to the temple.

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