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    BTW, is moon cake a one word or two separate words?
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    Does it remain unchanged in its singular and plural form?

    Confused cuz some said it's a one word as in "mooncake" and some said, it's a two separate word as in " moon cake ".

    Plus, do we say moon cakes or mooncakes or just moon cake or moon cake ( plural form I mean) ?

    Sorry for posting such a confusing question! Please help T_T

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    The cake made for the Moon Festival is spelled as either one word, 'mooncake' or as two words, moon cake.

    The plural forms are 'mooncakes' and 'moon cakes.

    Whether 'm' is capitalized ('Moon') or not, doesn't seem to be an issue.

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    Many thanks again! ^o^

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    Some mooncakes are delicious, many however, are not. Can you imagine eating a 'cake' filled with beef or egg? Not my cup of tea. And the ones filled with green bean paste are just plain nasty. :(

    I much prefer the fruit-filled ones! :D

    Incidentally, the Chinese eat mooncakes during the 'Mid-Autumn Festival', which usually falls in September. Because these are a specialty associated with a festival, the shops like to charge grandly for them - about US$40 (approx. £25) for 12 cakes which are only 3 inches in diameter!

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    "about US$40 (approx. £25) for 12 cakes which are only 3 inches in diameter!"


    ----my god, sir, you must buy some kind of luxurious moon cakes.
    basically, by the standard of the public, you can buy a box of cakes using
    us$ 5. hehe, but if you wanna take it as a present, then maybe you would have to be tricked into this "luxurious gift". if you like it, buy it in other time but mid-autumn. then it would be cheaper.
    xixi, i know the "green bean paste" . it's delicious for me, for many chinese.

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    Well, there is no accounting for taste. :wink:

    I think the phrase you are looking for is fancy mooncakes (rather than luxurious mooncakes).

    (Say: any time but mid-autumn. It's cheaper then.)

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    fancy is meaning "favorite"?
    xixi, i refer to its expensive price. $40 .wow.
    i never tasted this kind of cakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    Some mooncakes are delicious, many however, are not. Can you imagine eating a 'cake' filled with beef or egg? Not my cup of tea. And the ones filled with green bean paste are just plain nasty. :(

    I much prefer the fruit-filled ones! :D

    Incidentally, the Chinese eat mooncakes during the 'Mid-Autumn Festival', which usually falls in September. Because these are a specialty associated with a festival, the shops like to charge grandly for them - about US$40 (approx. £25) for 12 cakes which are only 3 inches in diameter!
    Do you have them in chinatown in Milton Keynes? Or is there a chinatown in MK?

    The hotels in say Shenzhen charge a bomb for them too. In Singapore, a box of four ranges from equivalent US$25 to US$40 also. Some restaurants make a quarter of their annual takings just from mooncakes.
    Many years back, they only had green bean and yellow bean paste, and nuts inside. Now it has become big business and varieties sprout like hot mooncakes. I guess you've heard of the story behind the festival? :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwschang

    Do you have them in chinatown in Milton Keynes? Or is there a chinatown in MK?
    No, there isn't a Chinatown in MK, but there is one in London. Having said that, I haven't been to the UK for over a year, so I don't know how much they cost there!

    The expensive ones I was referring to are sold in the French supermarket (Carrefour), and they employ beautifully slender girls dressed in qi paos (or cheong sams) to attract the customers. Of course, I don't buy the expensive ones, being the cheapskate that I am. :P

    I was told that these expensive ones are a way of exploiting the 'face' system in China. If you give a really expensive box of mooncakes to someone, it earns you great respect in the future.

    I guess you've heard of the story behind the festival? :wink:
    Yes, I have been told the story behind this particular festival. What was the girl's name again? I've forgotten!

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