Explore Practitioners 1: Mooncake Making – Chia Li Hui

As mid-autumn festival is around the corner, I have decided to learn how to make handmade snow skin mooncakes to give out to my family and friends. Therefore, I chose to approach my friend who sells snow skin mooncakes.

Process Documentation

Making handmade snow skin mooncakes may seem easy but it is a very tedious process. It takes up one whole day to create just a few pieces!


  1. Mix the flour with water and butter. Knead until the dough is form.
  2. Add food flavouring and colouring to the dough. Knead the dough until the colour is evenly spread out.
  3. Scoop about 20g of dough and roll it into a ball.
  4. Leave the dough one side and scoop about 40g of paste. Roll the paste into a ball.
  5. Flatten the dough balls using a wooden rolling pin.
  6. Wrap each flatten dough around each paste ball.
  7. Dust some premix flour around the wrapped ball to prevent it from sticking to the mooncake mould.
  8. Put the wrapped ball into the mooncake mould to create your final mooncake!
  9. Refrigerate the mooncake.

Tools used

  1. Bowls
  2. Wooden rolling pin
  3. Mooncake mould
  4. Electronic weighing scale
  5. Spoon

Worksite Documentation

As I made the snow skin mooncakes at my friend’s house, it is very convenient to get extra bowls. Additionally, it was easy to clean up and we prepared a plastic cover on the table so even with all the flour, we did not make a big mess. As there were several types of paste and dough, we are also required to wash our hands every single time we change a paste or dough. Hence, it was very convenient for us to wash our hands as the workspace was just beside the kitchen. Therefore, I find that I was at a very comfortable state to learn this new skill.

Pain points

Kneading of the dough takes the most effort. It takes skill to knead it properly and we are not supposed to knead the dough for too long as it would become too soft. When it becomes too soft, it would be hard to flatten it and wrap it around the paste balls. At the same time, the colours may not be spread evenly if the dough was not kneaded properly as well. From this, I learnt that making handmade snow skin mooncakes are not as easy as I thought it will be. It is a very tiring process and it takes up a lot of time to produce a small amount.

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