Snow skin mooncakes

September 12, 2008 at 9:53 pm 4 comments

 

The Mid Autumn Lantern Festival I believe falls on this Sunday.  I have the mooncakes, but no lanterns up yet.  I need to buy more lanterns and candles.  I love seeing the lighted lanterns when night falls.  I told Aly to invite some kids to come over and we will walk up and down the street and have some mooncakes afterwards.  I have quite a few I made and a couple of boxes that were given by friends.  I had wanted to make my own mooncakes for awhile and this year decided to dive right in.  I had no idea and had no equipments, so I bought a mooncake cookbook.  I did everything in 3 days so it was exhausting.  The first day I bought the book.  Then I bought some of the ingredients and molds the second day.  The third day, I bought more ingredients and gift boxes to give away the mooncakes.   The 2nd and 3rd days were the most tiring.  I had to run to a few stores to buy what I wanted and in the afternoon, make the mooncakes.  Luckily, the ladies came and helped me make some too.  This was also their first time too.  They helped me make a few mooncakes.  The third day, I was on my own, I  hadn’t  had enough yet.  Making the  pastes were the most tedious.  I didn’t know it would take so much time and the lotus seeds were so expensive.  When I told dh I wanted to make mooncakes, he thought I was crazy.  Now, I know why he said just buy them.  It’s very hard work.  But I had lots of help from my friends.  I really enjoyed making the different flavors and it was a learning experience.   I had a few flavors for the pastes-yam, coconut cherry, strawberry, green tea w/custard, lotus with melon seeds, mung beans.  The snow skins also were diff flavors.  Basic white was  koh fun(dry fried rice flour), powder sugar, shortening and cold water. To vary the different colors and flavors, I added milk, pandan juice, strawberry jelly, and food coloring for the purple yam, and 3 diff food colors w/cream soda for the rainbow  to the basic white recipe.  Only the regular sized mooncakes had some salted eggs.  The mini-sized ones were fun to make and I just put one or two flavors of paste w/out salted eggs.   I stuck with just making snow skin mooncakes and didn’t make any baked ones.  Next year I will try that.  I received some feedback already.  The green tea was a bit too strong.  The steamed custard was very good.  The flavor everyone liked was lotus with roasted melon seeds.

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  • 1. kouiii  |  September 13, 2008 at 11:46 am

    That sounds like a lot of work, but they look yummy! You did a great job, especially that it was your first time!

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  • 2. ramthree  |  September 14, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Wish you didn’t live half a world away, I would’ve given you some. I still have some left. Will slowly eat those. I like making them, but not so crazy about eating them now that I know it contains so much oil and sugar.

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  • 3. lstelzer  |  September 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Ramthree,
    I just came across your blog when I was looking to see if you can get local avocados in Penang. My husband and I are considering moving there in a year or so, and I love all things food – especailly cooking! I would love to meet you sometime. Maybe we can cook together! Thank you for the insights to cooking in Malaysia. I will continue to follow and see what other tips I can get from you! Your mooncakes are gorgeous!

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  • 4. ramthree  |  September 26, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for your kind compliment. I love cooking too and would love to meet and cook together. I often have friends over and have cooking sessions at my house upon their requests. We have fun chatting and eating afterwards. We are very friendly and would make you feel welcome. Yes, avocados are available here. Most in supermarkets are flown in from South Africa or California. The SF ones are quite reasonable. In Malaysia, avocados can be grown, but the fruits are not so fleshy. My fil used to have a very huge tree full of fruits but he cut it down b/c it was over taking the neighbor’s yard. Sad to see that beautiful tree down.

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