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Garbage Gift: Hong Kong Threw Away 2 Million Mooncakes

ipsedixit Sep 9, 2013 06:29 PM

"It’s mooncake season again in China—that time of year that leaves stomachs, landfills and environmentalists groaning.

Last year, in Hong Kong alone, residents threw out nearly two million moon cakes, according to a survey conducted by local environmental group Green Power, and similar figures are likely this year."

So it begins anew for another year.

Read the rest of the WSJ blog post here: http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/20...

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  1. chefhound RE: ipsedixit Sep 10, 2013 07:19 PM

    Why are people throwing out mookcakes? I love mooncakes. Have them sent to my house!

    1. tcamp RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 06:17 AM

      Can't they be recycled into mooncake bread pudding or something??

      Or saved for next year, like fruitcake?

      1. chowser RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 11:13 AM

        The Chinese equivalent to fruit cakes. I don't know why they don't just regift it each year, like fruit cake. Save a lot of money and waste.

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        1. re: chowser
          ipsedixit RE: chowser Sep 11, 2013 12:10 PM

          They do. At least some do; otherwise it would be 3 million and not 2 million.

          1. re: chowser
            Kris in Beijing RE: chowser Sep 12, 2013 06:14 PM

            SO, so so true-- the great ones are few and far between but truly excellent.

            All the rest taste like unleavened cardboard with terra cotta spackle filling.

          2. dave_c RE: ipsedixit Sep 11, 2013 12:18 PM

            I guess regifting can only go so far with the one-ups manship going on and saving face. You can't look like a poor schlock by giving the same quantity.

            Too bad they just can't throw the extra tonnage into a powerplant and convert the mooncakes into 5 seconds worth of energy.

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              youareabunny RE: ipsedixit Sep 12, 2013 02:47 AM

              Time to sell half moon cakes.

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              1. re: youareabunny
                ipsedixit RE: youareabunny Sep 12, 2013 03:51 AM

                That would be bad luck.

              2. Kris in Beijing RE: ipsedixit Sep 12, 2013 06:16 PM

                TeenHound suggests a new delicacy-- mooncake stuffed shark

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