In Chinese families (or at least all the Chinese families I know of, relatives or not), birthdays are usually (in my case, -always– thanks to my parents) celebrated with a Chinese fruit cake instead of those overly sweet American cakes. The fruit cake consists of 1-3 layers of sponge cake usually with fresh fruits (almost always honey dew, melon, strawberry, mango, kiwi, and pineapple… depending on the season or even just chestnut filling) sandwiched between them. As far as I can tell, the cake is always custom ordered by the family at a Chinese bakery, with choices like canned/fresh fruit, top exterior design, and the writing on the cake. As far as I can remember, I don’t think I ever had the same designed cake twice in my life. The cake is light and the cream is just whipped cream so it is not as sweet or heavy. While it is nice to have “fresh” cake for your birthday, the downside is that it goes stale in a matter of 2-3 days.
Here’s the slice which I am about to chow down. It wasn’t my birthday today but just thought I’d like to share this Chinese tidbit ^^. When it is my birthday, my parents will always order me one of these cakes no matter how many times I told them not to and that it is not necessary. It’s not just my birthday but anyone’s birthday… and we’ll be eating this cake. Probably easy to guess that I’m kinda sick of it by now… ^^;. Do you do something similar like this for your birthday? (be you Chinese or not)
Oh! It’s persimmon season! Chinese people love these things! Funny thing is… even though I’ve been eating these all my life as well, I didn’t find out what they were called in English until like… not too long ago. I also remember a Gundam 4koma where the Frost Bros were scheming to throw persimmons at Garrod and Tifa (Gundam Wing G Unit Vol. 2) xD. I love the taste of this fruit, it has a flavor like no other. However, there was this one time where I almost lost my love for persimmon due to a statement someone made. One of my female friend commented that Persimmons smell like (WARNING: highlight and read at your own discretion!) “men’s sperm” , to which a couple of others agreed. *facepalm* Still, if you haven’t tried this stuff yet then you’re missing out!