Blogtober Challenge – Day 8 – Chinese Autumn Food

When I thought about this idea, I completely forgot that the best, best Chinese dishes are in the Winter and Summer! ( According to my Chinese co-workers)However, there are a few things here that are only available or in season in Autumn.

Best Chinese Autumn Food

1. 大闸蟹- Chinese Hairy Crab / Chinese Mitten Crab

When I asked my Chinese co-workers what was the best Chinese Food to eat in the Autumn, they unanimously said Chinese Hairy Crab. It’s apparently a Chinese delicacy that is only available from September to the end of the year. These crabs can be found in the Yangtze River Delta and the surrounding areas such as Yangcheng Lake. These crabs are often served in many restaurants in Shanghai (You can find it in other restaurants but it’s popular in the South)  If you ever find someone selling these crabs out of season, it’s fake! Another reason why this crab is popular is because of the roe in the male crabs. Eileen, my Chinese cooperating teacher, said

Chinese people love eating eggs. In shrimp, fish, and crabs, you can always find eggs. However, I don’t like the eggs!

Coworkers Aaron and Andrea got to eat some home-cooked crab this past week!

Chinese Autumn Food - Andrea Holding Hairy Crab
Andrea Holding Hairy Crab

Here are some advertisements of stores selling Hairy Crabs in my school’s elevator!

Chinese Autumn Food - Hairy Crab Adverstisement 1    Chinese Autumn Food - Hairy Crab Advertisement 2

2. 冬枣 – Dates

This fruit is popular because it’s in season. I actually have no idea when a fruit is in season, but what helps me learn are the street carts that roll in every night on the corner selling different fruits and vegetables. If it’s strawberry season in China, you will see maybe 5-10 carts down the street selling just strawberries. Since it’s Autumn, I see nothing but street carts selling dates and yellow tomatoes. The fruit is cheaper and the freshest during this time!

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3. 柿子- Yellow Tomatoes

Like I mentioned above, this fruit is also sold on street cards. Yellow tomatoes are juicy, which is considered a good thing for the Chinese because it helps with the dryness. ( I completely forgot to take a picture of the carts last night)! I’ll update later!

4. 月饼 – Moon Cake

Chinese Autumn Food - Mooncake
A friend who sells Mooncakes. These are the ones she did!

This is the most important food you should eat during Autumn because it’s mainly eaten during The Mid-Autumn Festival. This festival is a celebration and worship to the moon. Before, these mooncakes were an offering to the moon. Now, they are eaten! Mooncakes can have many fillings, such as fruits, nuts, meat, egg, and yolk. I asked my Chinese co-workers which mooncake was their favorite. Here are there responses:

Egg Yolk with Coconut ~ Eileen

Any kind with Nuts ~ Ruby

Red Bean Paste ~ Kathy

You can read more about Mooncakes & The Mid-Autumn Festival here.

5. 玉米 – Corn

Chinese Autumn Food - Unimart Corn
When I arrived the corn was still cooking! I asked her if I could take a photo. Thankfully there is Unimart right next door to work!


I feel like this is universal, haha! Steamed corn is delicious during the Autumn. You used to be able to find them on street carts, but since the Mayor has issued a street cart cleanup, you rarely find “cooked” things on carts. However, you can find corn anytime at Uni-mart! It’s delicious!






What Autumn foods are popular in your country? Let me know in the comments below!


Autumn is finally here! It's time to start stocking our stomachs for Winter. If you are ever in China, here is a list of the Best Chinese Autumn Food!


  • Alex BetterTogether

    Mmm this post made me feel hungry! I have never ever eaten crab before. The corn and moon cakes look good. My favourite foods in Autumn are comfort foods – mac n cheese, crisp green apples, homemade cider and jams 🙂

    • Tyra Skinner

      Oooooo you are making me hungry because I won’t be able to enjoy those foods you mentioned this year! The moon cakes are extremely sweet though. So I normally eat like a small bite.

  • Alexi R

    Waaw moon cake sounds delicious with egg and coconut flavor, that hairy crab though it looks gigantesque I bet there’s a lot of fats in there, I’m not so fan of dates but corn with for me, I can eat those all day. lovely autumn foods would pack this all and put on my drawer 🙂

    • Tyra Skinner

      I never tried the ones with egg before! I should probably do it. I normally eat the ones with meat or red bead paste. I’ll peobably be eating a lot of this corn and tomatoes cause I’m not a fan of dates either!

  • FarsicknessTraveler

    I feel like I would really really enjoy that moon cake! Chinese food is my favorite go to dinner food. However I heard Chinese food from America tastes a lot different than from China, do you think so?

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes, Chinese food is completely different in China then in the US. However if you go to a Chinatown, there are some restaurants that are authentic. Nonetheless, in China food differs by region. So you get tons of regional specialties!

  • Heraa Farooq (Scarlet)

    I have tried moon cakes and they are really very yummy. I haven’t tried crab ever but I have tried quiet a lot of Chinese dishes and I find them very tasty.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Hehe yes most are tasty, some a bit oily

  • Silver Surfer

    I would say that foods to warm you up are more popular in the UK this time of year. Things like hearty soups and pot roasts would go down a treat.

    • Tyra Skinner

      I can always eat a hearty soup. Something with potato’s and cheese would be nice!

  • Helene Choo

    Love mooncake! I never used to like the yolk because it’s a bit dry…But now I do! I also like red bean paste ones:) Haven’t had one in ages though!

    • Tyra Skinner

      I have a love hate relationship with moon cakes. The first one I eat I enjoy, but the box of moon cakes my students give me, is hard eat all of them lol

  • Neha T

    This is is nicely written food blog. I will prefer moon cake and corn. Man I’m feeling hungry. It’s lunch time in India. Off to lunch… 👍😁 the pictures are awesome.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Hehe, thank you! Yeah I was hungry writing this post. Almost bought a corn that day!

  • Hairy crab sounds kinda cute. hehe.. I love moon cakes – have been eating them all through the moon festival. I like the ones stuffed with lotus paste without the eggs. Cheers!!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Hehehehe, cute hairy crabs lol. That one is good

  • Digital Travel Guru

    WoW I have tried some of these and they are DELICIOUS. I am not sure about hairy crab though lol, but would definitely try it. My Fav is mooncake.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Lol, I’ve heard the crab it’s not hairy lol! A little juicy and a bit smaller than others

  • Hairy crab is also popular in Jiangsu province and I was also able to enjoy it there. What’s most exciting is the array of tools to pick the crab meat even from the smallest limbs.