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The upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival means the time has come to overindulge with sugary, calorie-laden goodies in the shape of Chinese mooncakes. So why not take this time of liberation to load up your plates and head to your bedroom – if you can’t eat in bed guilt-free at this time of year, when can you? Since this might be your first time eating such a scrummy treat in an area normally off limits for snacking, we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to show you how to eat mooncake in bed, help you – and your bed - survive in one piece!
Step One – Choose your weapon
Everyone’s opinion on the best mooncake differs, so it’s just a matter of buying your favorite mooncake for yourself and assuming the rest of your party will have made provision for themselves! For those with posher tastes, Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula offer very popular mooncakes, which are often circulated as corporate gifts in Hong Kong. Another local popular choice is Maxim’s -- very high quality and not nearly as expensive. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your favorite mooncake:
Step Two – Check for a moon outside before you bring one inside
Maybe it’s just an old wives’ tale, or maybe it’s a lunar effect thing, but the rumors are that eating a mooncake at any time other than under a full moon will cause tummy aches. Seriously.
Step Three – Cast your net far and wide
Just like any holiday, Mid-Autumn Festival is best enjoyed with as many friends and family as possible. Given the staggering calorie count, you also need to make sure you have enough people to share your mooncakes. Just be sure you are really close to them, the bed could get quite cozy…..unless someone chose the durian!
Step Four – Divide and conquer
Remember to cut your mooncake into 4 equal size slices. Why? The sugar, fat and calories would be tantamount to a heart attack on a plate! However, if you have a larger family or someone forgot to go shopping, you can – begrudgingly – cut your mooncake into 8. If you can do this without snarling at the smaller portions, just remember your waistline will thank you for it.
Step Five – Prepare your mattress
Let’s be honest, no-one likes crumbs in the bed. While a good bed set-up, such as our Hush Mattress™ and, may provide in the event of potential spillage, may we suggest arming yourself with two critical items:
Step Six – Let your style shine through
This is your chance to show the world how it’s done. Are you a nibbler – working your way from the soft inside to the chewy outside? Do you devour the outside first, leaving the interior to almost melt into your mouth? Or maybe you just swallow it whole? Who cares – just eat it your way!
Step Seven – Lighten the load
Sorry, but it’s time to leave your comfy mattress to finish the festival traditions. Go outside, light a lantern, and walk off all those calories you just consumed!
And don’t wait for next year to repeat this annual tradition. Eat your leftover mooncakes the next day!