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Mid-Autumn Festival: Mooncake

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Every year, Chinese celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar month. This year it falls on 12 September 2011, which is tomorrow. To know more about Mid Autumn Festival, its story and how Chinese celebrates it in different countries, click this wikipedia link.

Snow Skin Moon Cake Recipe

No-Bake Snow Skin Mooncake
Photo courtesy of Rasa Malaysia

There are various type of mooncake available, the 2 major types are the traditional mooncake (below) and the no-bake snow skin mooncake (above). No-bake snow skin mooncake, made from glutinous rice flour & molded in special molds. It has a elastic, chewy and soft skin. Eaten cold and fresh.

Many years ago, all mooncakes usually came from homemade. I used to help my mom in making mooncakes to sell to relatives and friends during my teenage years. That was when my mom made some extra income for the household in a year. Due to age, long hour of standing and highly exhaustion from knocking the heavy wooden mold to get the mooncake out, my mom can no longer make them for selling. Occasionally, when ever she feels like baking some, she makes some for us. Hope that next year I will get a chance to bake with her and share her recipe here.

Now, there are so many brands and types of mooncakes available in the market, every one can afford to buy and give to friends and family. There are also lots of ready-made mooncake paste available in the market for those who would like to mold and bake the traditional mooncakes. Buying ready-made mooncake paste really helps in shorten the baking time of the traditional mooncake.

Below is the store-bought machine-made mass-production single egg yoke white lotus seed flavor.

traditional mooncake

Traditional Baked Mooncake

To free the hassle to needing a knife to cut the 4″ mooncake into 8 pieces for serving, sometime mooncakes come in mini size, just enough to serve a person.

Baked mini mooncake

Mini Mooncake

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Saturday 20th of July 2013

How to make a recipe Mooncake detail please.

Craft Passion

Monday 22nd of July 2013

Please click the link below the picture to get the recipe.


Tuesday 9th of October 2012

It looks delicios, and the recipe is quite easy. But the ingredients are unavailable in my country (Poland) Now I know what to buy as a "must" while visiting NY in the future :)

Faith Epp via Facebook

Sunday 30th of September 2012

I'm not Chinese, but grew up with them. I used to be really scared of the dragon on Chinese New Year's.

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Sunday 30th of September 2012

that's great, Faith! I am Chinese too :)

Faith Epp via Facebook

Saturday 29th of September 2012

I prob had these growing up. My mom had a restaurant in Chinatown, Honolulu. All my friends were Chinese children, we played together all the time. I used to love eating cakes like these.