Tips on Perfecting Your Mooncakes for Mid-Autumn Festival

Unravel the secret behind one of the most cherished Chinese treats – mooncake – and explore its popular components as we learn how to make these mouth-watering delicacies for the Mid-Autumn Festival.


Mooncakes are known for their ability to connect people and bring them together. However, in order to create delicious mooncakes, it is important to select the right ingredients. Let’s explore what is needed to make mooncakes!

1 Ingredients for Mooncake Crust

Ingredients for Baked Mooncake Crust

  • Egg yolk
  • Syrup for baking mooncakes
  • Lye water
  • Spices: melon seeds, lotus seeds, crystal malt

Note: For flour selection, it is recommended to use grade 8 flour or pre-mixed mooncake flour.

The ingredients such as sugar, lime, crystal malt, and lye water are used to make the syrup.

Lye water is also used to make the syrup for baking mooncakes. In the past, lye water was obtained by burning firewood, collecting the ashes, and filtering out impurities. However, nowadays, it can easily be purchased at stores that sell mooncake ingredients.

Ingredients for baked mooncake crust
Image: Ingredients for baked mooncake crust

Ingredients for Sticky Mooncake Crust

  • Glutinous rice flour
  • Pandan water
  • Spices: salt, sugar, cooking oil

The ingredients such as brown sugar, white sugar, vegetable oil, and filtered water are used to make the sticky mooncake syrup. Alternatively, pre-made sticky mooncake syrup can be purchased at grocery stores.

Glutinous rice flour is usually made from roasted sticky rice, which is finely ground into flour. However, it is important to roast it evenly to avoid discoloration, ensuring that the mooncake dough remains white, beautiful, and attractive.

Pandan water helps create a special and appealing aroma for sticky mooncakes.

Ingredients for sticky mooncake crust
Image: Ingredients for sticky mooncake crust

2 Ingredients for Mooncake Filling

Ingredients for Mixed Filling

  • Lotus seeds, melon seeds, candied winter melon, candied orange peel, candied coconut, black sesame seeds, candied pomelo peel, candied persimmon
  • Glutinous rice flour
  • Pandan water
  • Spices: star anise, cinnamon, fennel seeds, maltose

The ingredients for the mixed mooncake filling must complement each other to create a unique and appealing flavor for the mooncake.

Ingredients for mixed mooncake filling
Image: Ingredients for mixed mooncake filling

Ingredients for Mung Bean Filling

  • Mung beans
  • Glutinous rice flour (sticky rice flour)
  • Spices: sugar, cooking oil

It is recommended to choose peeled mung beans to simplify the process of peeling and steaming the beans.

Ingredients for mung bean filling
Image: Ingredients for mung bean filling

Ingredients for Agar Jelly Filling

  • Agar powder
  • Coconut milk
  • Condensed milk
  • Spices: brown sugar, filtered water

When making agar jelly, it is advisable to choose crispy agar powder as it has strong adhesive properties, ensuring that the filling remains intact.

Coconut milk adds a rich and aromatic taste to the agar jelly filling, while condensed milk provides a moderate level of sweetness.

Ingredients for agar jelly filling
Image: Ingredients for agar jelly filling

Ingredients for Salted Egg Filling

  • Salted duck eggs
  • Spices: salt, wine, filtered water, ginger

To ensure the freshness of salted eggs, it is essential to test their freshness by gently shaking them. If there is a sound, the eggs are no longer fresh and have been stored for a long time.

Salted duck eggs add a delightful and savory flavor to the filling, providing the perfect balance of richness and saltiness.

Ingredients for salted egg filling
Image: Ingredients for salted egg filling

To enjoy mooncakes, you can find authentic and reasonably priced mooncakes at our store, offering various brands such as [brand names].

Above are our recommendations for the ingredients needed to make mooncakes. You can refer to this article to surprise your family and friends with these unique mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival!

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