How to make the perfect Mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival

中秋快乐! Zhōng qiū kuài lè- Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

What the heck is that I hear some of you ask?

Basically, the Mid-Autumn Festival is like the Christmas Day of China and celebrates the coming together of family who share a big ol’ feast together.

These family banquets are usually held outside so everyone can enjoy a bit of moon gazing, while the kids make lanterns out of paper or even pomelos.

There is also an interesting legend behind the festival, and it’s said that if you look very closely during tonight’s full moon, you can see a beautiful goddess and her rabbit in the moon.

See my step-by-step guide on ‘How to Make Mooncakes‘.

Munching on Mooncakes

And of course, the Mid-Autumn Festival means people exchange the quintessential Chinese dessert – mooncakes (月饼 yuè bĭng).


A mooncake is a traditional Chinese baked good, and is given as a gift during the festival. They come in many flavors; lotus seed, peanut, rose, matcha green tea. The most loved mooncakes usually have a baked yellow egg yolk inside.

Mooncakes have a strange, heavy texture – almost like play dough – and are freakishly high in calories, but still, I find them irresistible!

So with an invite from my Chinese school to join an afternoon of mooncake making, I can’t wait to get a taste!

Mooncake Making at Aihua Mandarin School

At the main office of Aihua Chinese Training Centre in Jida, expats from every corner of the globe are sipping on herbal tea and gathering around our mooncake-making table, scattered with dough and filling.

Donning a pair of plastic gloves, we all get cracking on weighing, rolling and stamping our little mooncake masterpieces.

Coating the mooncakes with egg wash to darken
Coating the mooncakes with egg wash to darken

It is a fun afternoon, meeting other expats and laughing at our failed attempts to make an even-shaped, well-stamped mooncake.

A special thanks to Aihua Mandarin and English Training Centre for such a great day and going above and beyond to teach us about Chinese culture 🙂

See my step-by-step guide on ‘How to Make Mooncakes‘.


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