Celebrating the Mid Autumn Moon Festival

mid-autumn-festival-2014 Tomorrow, September 8th, is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. You might have heard people talk about the lantern or the mooncake festival, but it's all the same! It is celebrate every year on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Lunar calendar and is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture.


Mooncakes are a big part of the celebration where people give them as presents to family, neighbors, and friends. Learn more about the history of the mooncake here. You can take part by bringing some home for your family to try.

Check them out at the Hong Kong Supermarket on 157 Hester St. If you find other places, let us know! Happy mid-autumn moon festival!

What is Tang Jai Jook, also known as Sampan Congee?

Cantonese-Sampan-Congee A famous Cantonese congee is called "tang jai jook" which is very popular in Hong Kong. Back in the days, the fishermen there lived in wooden boats called sampan and included peanuts, dried squid, fish slices, etc. in their congee.

You can always make this on your own and get ingredients from Hong Kong Supermarket. If not, Great NY Noodletown has a delicious one on their menu! Don't forget to order the fried crullers, a fried Chinese bread, to go along with it!

Hong Kong Supermarket 157 Hester St New York, NY 10013 (212) 966-4943

Great NY Noodletown 28 Bowery Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 349-0923

Dimes in Chinatown

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On the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side is a little gem called Dimes. It is great for patrons who are budget conscious, vegetarian, like the healthy lifestyle, and raw food. Those who frequent Dimes enjoy the pulled chicken sandwich, the acai bowls, and the BLT. I mean come on, who says no to lime mayo?

Dimes 143 Division St New York, NY 10002 (212) 240-9410