A friend from States, Phuong, whom I known thru my blog requested me to send some mooncake mould to her about 2 months ago. While buying stuff for her, I get some of the props for myself too. I bought 2 different design and shapes of mooncake mould and a packet of Red Man jelly powder.
This is my way of cooking without refering to the cookbook. The jelly mooncake turned out quite ok but still need some room of improvement.
- 1 packet of Red Man jelly powder (or any brand that you favour)
- approximately 200ml of coconut milk (I emptied a box of pre-packed coconut milk)
- 1 liter of water
- 180gm sugar
For the filling:
Mung beans (pre-soaked for 6 hours. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on it before steaming them for about 20minutes till done)
Red beans (pre-soaked for 6 hours before cooking under slow fire or crock pot with sugar for about 1.5 hours till done)
- Mashed mung beans and red beans using a shieve. Discard any husk from the red beans that can’t be mash.
- Boiled approximately (cos I just simple pour half of them in the pot) half of the 1liter water into a pot and half of the sugar into the pot. Emptied 1 packet of jelly powder into pot and stir them under medium fire till dissolved and boiled.
- Scoop 1 ladle of mixture into the mung beans and 1 ladle of mixture into the red beans. Stir to mix mixture evenly. Now this is a quick multi-tasking.
- Pour the remaining water and sugar into the pot again and cook till boiled. While waiting,
- transfer the mung beans and red beans on a plate and cool them in the freezer to save time.
- Back to the mixture, once boiled, emptied a box of coconut milk and stir. Switch fire to the lowest possible.
- Separate mixture into 2 pot with 2 different colourings. I used natural food colouring for red. That is beetroot and since I have nothing for the orange, I used edible colouring. Discard beetroot once you get the colour you desire.
- Pour mixture into your mooncake mould about 0.5cm height only. Cool them in the freezer to safe time.
- Remove from freezer after about 5minutes. Transfer back to freezer if mixture is not harden yet.
- Cut out filling according to your mould size as in the picture.
- Place the paste on the centre. Arrow is indicating the base of the jelly. Remember to use a fork to make scarring on the surface of the jelly so that the first layer (base) and second layer will stick together. Remember your fire is still burning on low? Never let the jelly mixture cool down or else, they won’t stick to the first layer too. Now that you have finished with the paste and such, this is the time to switch off the fire. This is the full view of the mould.
- Pour the remaining jelly mixture in the mould covering the paste.
- Cool them in freezer to safe time. LOL. I am so impatient right?
- Cut and serve.
This is the red square jelly mooncake using beetroot as colouring:
The cut out showing the red bean paste:
Towards the ending when I have not enough mixture for one mould, I just mix together what I had and came out with a multi coloured mooncake.
Even the paste is mixed:
The adults love them but my two kids discard the bean paste and just eat the jelly. Actually I don’t like the paste too. haha! You should try making this jelly mooncake. Very easy only.