Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

UPDATED POST ON 11-7-2016

I have decided to incorporate any recipe of the less common dual filling variants of the la pia. In mandarin, it is called 双亨朥饼。 It is usually made of white tausa and black tausa. In addition, candied pork belly or winter melon is used. You can put nuts if you preferred 

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

INTRODUCTION

When I told Facebook friends of members that this is my favourite childhood moon cake, many seems to read in doubt and some claimed that it looked like the marriage cakes. Yes, in fact it is a smaller version of Teochew marriage cakes.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

When I further told them that it is a very traditional Teochew dialect moon cake, some disclaim that “it is Teochew Moon cake”  because most  Teochew moon cake should be the yam moon cake with spiral flaky skin.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

I really have a hard time to justify my moon cake. 2 days later, I  decided to prepare some moon cake which is much smaller in size and usually sold in a white tube wrapped with red paper.

 Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Insides the tube, there are 10 small moon cakes which my mum used to buy this for praying to the Goddess of moon. With this packaging, some are able to recall the moon cake  and said that the cake  brings them fond memories.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

What I am sharing today is a type of traditional flaky skin moon cake which in existence well before the existence of the yam spiral moon cake. It usually comes with the white mung beans fillings and was called “la pia” or “朥饼“。 During the time when my late father worked for a Teochew bakery, then , it was prepared using lard as one of the important ingredients. However, in recent years, most bakery have started using lard and use vegetable oil instead.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

For those who understand Mandarin, it was written in an article that the moon cake of Chaozhou and Shantou are characterized by its thin flaky skin and luxurious thick mung bean fillings. For those who are interested in this traditional moon cake, you may want to refer to the link before to read more about the various regional variations of this Teochew traditional moon cake.

“潮汕朥饼,也称潮式月饼,是早已扬誉中外的潮汕名饼食。潮州朥饼色泽金黄鲜艳、皮酥薄脆,豆沙馅厚润滑,口味清甜,肥而不腻。中秋节品尝月饼是我们中华民族千百年来的习俗。不过潮州人却喜欢在中秋佳节之时,边冲功夫茶,边品尝别有风味的潮州人称之为朥饼的本地月饼. (Source: http://www.gdxcw.cn/index.php?app=resource&mod=Travels&act=show&id=55)”

 

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Per Wikipedia,

Chaoshan (Teochew)-style moon cake: This is another flaky crust variety, but is larger in size than the Suzhou variety. It is close in diameter to the Cantonese style, but thinner. A variety of fillings are used, but the aroma of lard after roasting is emphasised.” (Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mooncake)

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

This is not a difficult recipe and rather basic. There are still many variations for this Teochew moon cake and some have candied winter melon, pork belly, tangerine peels, sesame seeds and etc. If you have never tasted this before, it taste exactly like the sweet “tausa pia” commonly sold in the Teochew bakeries.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)


WHAT IS REQUIRED

Recipe: adapted from: Teochew Style Moon cake

Servings: Prepared about 4 moon cakes of about  4 inches diameter

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Water pastry

  • 100 grams of all purpose flour or plain flour
  • 50 grams of vegetable shortening or Crisco shortening or lard
  • 50 grams of water

Oil Pastry

  • 100 grams of all purpose flour or plain flour
  • 65 grams of vegetable shortening or Crisco shortening or lard

Fillings

  • 300 grams of  mung bean paste
  • 50 grams of pumpkin seeds (optional)

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Fillings of dual fillings version

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)


STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

  • Divide the nuts, sesame seeds and candied pork belly into two portions. One portion added to the white tausa and another portion added to black tausa. Knead until well mixed. Divide the white tausa into 4 portions and the black tausa into 4 portions. Take one portion of white tausa and one portion of black tausa and shape into the balls. Perform the same for the other 3 portions.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

  • Mix all ingredients for the water pastry in a bowl, mix and knead until it form a pliable dough. Divide into 6 balls. Set aside. Perform the same for the oil pastry.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

  • Put the mung beans paste and pumpkin seeds in a bowl, knead until well mixed and divide into 6 balls.

  • Wrap one ball of oil pastry with the water pastry. Seal the edges and shape it into a ball.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

  • Use a rolling pin to roll it flat, that roll again into a Swiss roll pattern . Roll again flat and roll again into a Swiss roll pattern. Repeat this rolling pattern 3-4 times. Put a ball of filling on top of the skin,

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

  • Seal the edges, shape like a ball and use a rolling pin to lightly roll it flat. Chop on top of the cake red chop of your choice. Repeat the same for the remaining 5 cakes. Bake in the pre-heated oven of 180 degree Celsius for 20-25 minutes.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)


CONCLUSION

This is the type of moon cake that capture my heart. It brings fond memories and my niece still bought this for me, deep frozen in the fridge and passed it to me when she meet me months later.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

In recent years, I have difficulty to get this bigger size moon cake as its popularity have been dwindling rapidly. For the smaller tube type of packaging, I have not bought for years because it usually comes with a very thick skin, little and hard fillings . Some of these moon cakes may have been prepared  months ago and by the time it reach the customer, most of the moon cake are not fresh and start to harden. However, homemade freshly baked moon cake is a totally different story. It is flaky with lots of fresh fillings. I have decided to blog this rather niche moon cake to satisfy my cravings.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

This recipe was included in Page 20-21 of the “Easy Mooncake Recipes E-book”. For more mooncake recipes, you can have a copy of Easy mooncake recipes  – A step by step guide” that was packed with 20 recipes, 45 pages at a reasonable convenience fee of USD4.00. The recipes covered various recipes from durian mooncake, traditional baked mooncake and also the less common Teochew mooncake . You can purchase by clicking the link above.You can either pay using Pay Pal or Credit card account. Please ensure that you have an PDF reader like Acrobat or iBooks in your mobile phone or iPad if you intended to read it in your ipad or mobile phone. Should there be any problems of purchasing, feel free to contact me at kengls@singnet.com.sg and separate arrangement can be made.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)


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Teochew Traditional Moon cake (潮汕朥饼)

  1. Hi Ken, thanks for linking this nice recipe with Best Recipes^^
    Honestly,I really hope that I can have a bite of your lovely mooncake right now..haha

  2. Kenneth this looks so much like the mooncakes my Grandma made when I was little. It really brings back memories. And a bit of tears. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Never tasted this before even I’m a Teochew. Such a shame! May be I can give it a try this year. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank . Thank. I did it , pastry is very flaky.many thank I learn from yourxxx.

  5. Hi Kenneth, thank you for sharing tis recipe! Tis mooncake was my late Father-in-law’s favourite. I tried today and it tasted really good! But I was struggling with the dough as the shortening was kind of ‘melting’ and I kept using alot of flour to salvage. Any tips that u cn impart? Tank u so much!

  6. lovely moon cakes. I love this kind of flaky skin moon cakes. May I know where is a place to get the red cake stamp?

  7. Pingback: Traditional baked mooncakes (月饼) | Ginger and Chilli
  8. Hi Kenneth, will you able to share mung bean paste recipe? Or We can buy off the store?

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