Top Ten Uses for Unwanted Mooncakes Part Three! 十佳剩余月饼处理妙方(三)

It’s that time of the year again. The Mid-Autumn Festival has come and gone. That means you’ve probably got a whole stash of mooncakes from work sitting in your apartment collecting dust.



“No, Johnson! You can’t have a raise. You can enjoy these MOONCAKES though!!”


Fortunately, your options aren’t limited to merely throwing them away or regifting them on any unsuspecting family members who are planning on visiting China in the nearby future.


Here at Sherpa’s, we’ve been racking our brains trying to find out great ways to utilize your unwanted calorie bombs. Waste not, want not.


Yoga Wheel  瑜伽轮


Yoga is great. It keeps you fit and helps reduce stress. Unfortunately, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but no worries – you just scored a free yoga wheel from your repurposed mooncakes!


Coaster  杯垫


“Dude, how many times do I have to tell you? This isn’t college anymore. You have to respect the wood.” With mooncake coasters, you’ll never have to wake up the next morning after a great party to encounter water stains all over your table again.


Park Spinners 公园扯铃


Alright, we admit it. We don’t know what those spinny things the old people play with in the park are called. Fortunately for you, you’ll impress the shu shus and ayis so much with your skills that it won’t matter how bad your Mandarin is.


Bikini 比基尼


You’ve already booked your Spring Festival flight to Thailand, you’ve chosen your sandy resort, and now you have the perfect bikini for the beach! Just make sure you don’t get hungry and nibble away too much.


Earplugs 耳塞


No more 6am jackhammer construction wake up calls for this laowai! The dense egg yolk and lotus root fillings will block out all unwanted sounds.


Rat Trap  捕鼠器


The big raise at work came in and you made the move to that gorgeous renovated lanehouse you’ve been dreaming of. The only problem? – Those mice sure do like 1st floor apartments in the alley. Good thing you’ve got mooncake traps.


Pothole Fix  坑洞修复


Just in case the city takes a little bit to fix that hole on your morning commute, you’re already prepared. Your scooter will thank you.


Cat Bed 猫床垫


You’ve spent countless rmb on beds for Miss Fluff, but she just won’t use them. Leave a few spongy mooncakes out though, and we bet she’ll have a new favourite spot.


VR Goggle Headset  头戴式VR眼镜


The kids have been begging for a PS4 Pro with VR goggles for Christmas for a while now. Too bad for them that whole setup is really expensive. Try out this knock-off set instead. It only plays Mooncake Mania, but its really, really fun. You’ll win parents of this year this upcoming holiday season.

孩子们已经吵着闹着好久说想要一个带VR护目镜的PS4 Pro作为圣诞礼物了。但整个装置真的很贵。试一试这套替代品。它只会播放月饼狂潮,但它真的,真的很有趣。在即将到来的假期里,你将赢得今年的最佳家长奖。

Frisbee 飞盘


Get out and enjoy the nice weather before the big chill comes! Your new mooncake frisbee is soft on the hands, and the bright colours make it easy to see. Perfect.


For even more mooncake ideas, check out our Mooncake posts from years past:


Mooncakes Part 1

Mooncakes Part 2

How about you guys? Do you have any fun alternative uses for mooncakes instead? Just us know in the comments below and maybe we’ll photoshop them for next year!



Mid-Autumn Festival Food You Have To Try! 一定要尝尝的中秋节佳肴!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! We hope your long weekend is off to a good start. Like any Chinese festival, food plays a big part in the celebrations of mid-autumn festival, the most popular being mooncakes, but what other food is enjoyed and why?


We’ve put together a scrumptious list of popular food you can eat over this glorious festival that celebrates the season’s harvest.


Duck 鸭肉


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You don’t need to go very far to find this delicacy, especially in Mid-Autumn Festival as it is the most popular food after mooncakes. Chinese people believe it plays an important part in keeping the yin yang balance in our body, thus to enhance health.


Pumpkins 南瓜


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Much like western countries, the pumpkin becomes a popular vegetable through the autumn months. Eating pumpkin on the night of Mid-Autumn Festival is believed to bring good health because of its round golden appearance.


River Snails  田螺


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In the south of China, particularly for Cantonese people, river snails are an important dish and is thought to help brighten the eyes. Because of its strong odour, it is often cooked with medicinal herbs.


Taro 芋头


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People love the fresh and soft texture of taro and it becomes a versatile vegetable during Autumn used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Since the Qing Dynasty, it is believed that eating taro during the Mid-Autumn Festival will dispel bad luck and bring good luck and wealth.


Hairy Crab 大闸蟹


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Eating hairy crab has become a popular delicacy in recent years and they’re at their best in September and October, being richest in protein and amino acids. The custom of eating them originated from Jiangsu and Zhejiang but is now popular across southern China.



The World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Exists 世界上第一个回转奶酪诞生


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Conveyor belt food isnothing new. It started out as early as 1958, when Japanese restaurant manager Yoshiaki Shiraishi took a novel approach to dealing with staff shortages in his small sushi joint. He invented kaitenzushi – translated literally to ‘rotating sushi’ – a restaurant style where the fish dishes make their way through the restaurant on a conveyor belt, waiting for hungry guests to pick off their favourite.

回转食物不是什么新鲜事物。早在1958年,日本餐厅高管Yoshiaki Shiraishi想了一种新方法来应对服务员短缺的问题。他发明了Kaitenzushi——翻译过来就是“回转寿司”,也就是一种餐厅风格,可以把餐盘放在一条回转带上,这样就可以经过整间餐厅让饥饿的客人挑选他们最爱的食物了。


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Sushi trains should all be familiar to most of you (if not, get yourself down to a kaitenzushi restaurant!), but how about putting other foods on the brilliant belts and letting guests serve themselves? Well, that’s just what one London restaurant has decided to do.



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Pick & Cheese has just opened in London’s Covent Garden area – and it’s the world’s first restaurant with a cheese conveyor belt. Rather than the usual salmon nigiri and tuna homosaki snaking through the restaurant, you can instead expect to see the likes of gouda, cheddar and pecorino slowly gliding past you – as well as some cured meat plates added in for good measure.

Pick & Cheese在伦敦考文特花园区域新开张,这也是世界上第一家拥有回转奶酪的餐厅。没有寻常的三文鱼寿司和金枪鱼小吃,你可以在这家餐厅邂逅高德干酪、车打奶酪和羊乳干酪,他们会在你身边慢慢飘过——此外也会有一些腊肉拼盘等。


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The cheese chunks are accompanied by condiments, and there are waiters on hand to offer expert tips on wine pairings for the 25+ cheese options. While it might be easy to get carried away, you’re best advised to keep an eye on the number of colour-coded plates you’re plucking off the 40-metre belt – they can pile up quick! If you still haven’t quite had your fill of cheese, even the soft-serve ice cream is infused with brie.


Unfortunately, the conveyor belt doesn’t quite reach all the way to your door in China – but leave it our delivery drivers, and they’ll make sure your food gets to you just as easily.



BJ Winning Wednesday: Free Wine from Le Gourmand

It’s 6 PM on a Winning Wednesday, which only means one thing:

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That’s right. Winning a nice bottle of wine will have you feeling fine in no time.

So it’s a good thing that our friends over at Le Gourmand are offering two lucky winners a free bottle of Flutt White Bairrada or Flutt Rose Bairrada from Portugal!


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Flutt White is a bright, citrine-coloured effervescent wine and an award-winning delicacy! It took home the 2018 Portugal Gold Medal for sparkling wines and has scored four medals since first entering the market in 2017.


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Flutt Rose features a fresh, flowery aroma with wonderful wild berry notes. It takes on a pinkish colour with a salmon hue after its second fermentation in stainless steel vats. The persistent effervescence provides a creamy mousse texture with lively, balanced acidity.

 For your chance to win, scan the QR code below to visit our WeChat account, comment ‘Wine wine wine’, and tap ‘Wow’.


Contest ends this Friday at 6 PM


Via Le Gourmand

Le Gourmand Co., LTD is a wine importer and retailer that specializes in boutique wines. They mainly work with family estates throughout Europe, with a focus on wines that are naturally made or produced with traditional techniques. Most of these family estates have been creating amazing wine with these old-school methods for generation after generation.


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Le Gourmand’s wine selection features predominately organic or bi-dynamic certified wines or wines that are cultivated and made in organic, natural ways.


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They aim to provide customers with authentic wines that represent the terroir of the region, the passion and personality of the producers, and, finally, the art and craftsmanship of the winemakers.



If you don’t end up winning this contest, don’t fret. Le Gourmand is hosting a limited time only promotion exclusively for delivery via Sherpa’s. Customers can snag a free bottle of Canto Alentejano, Flutt White Bairrada, or Flutt Rose Bairrada when they spend ¥380 and above on an order from Le Gourmand.

 For your chance to win, comment ‘Wine wine wine’ below and tap ‘Wow’.



 Competition Details

◦   Entrants must comment, and tap ‘wow’ to qualify

◦   Prizes can not be exchanged for cash

◦   Prizes can only be used in the restaurant

◦   Sherpa’s has the final say in all competition rules and winners

◦   Ends Friday, September 13th at 6 PM

◦   This prize is not offered by Sherpa’s but by a third party and Sherpa’s can not be held accountable for problems that may arise in relation to the prize

Le Gourmand is available for delivery through Sherpa’s! Grab a great bottle of wine today.