Meet Chef Yip Wing Wah. Chef Yip is a master of mooncakes, the egg custard-filled, baked pastries that are given as gifts during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. As the Peninsula Hotels’ Dim Sum Ambassador, Chef Yip and his team hand-make approximately 400,000 mooncakes each holiday season and they usually sell out in one day.
We met up with Chef Yip during his first Manhattan mooncake-making mission and he showed us how he makes the tasty little treats.
A sort of step-by-step but missing some major steps (like how to make the dough and filling) guide to making mooncakes:
- Roll your dough into a nice fun ball.
- Flatten the nice fun dough ball you just made into a little frisbee.
- Wrap your filling in your dough frisbee and seal it back up into a ball.
- Place your mooncake ball inside of your awesome custom wooden mooncake mold.
- Bang your mooncake mold against the table as if a small part of you kind of hopes it will break but not so hard that it will or else you’ll have to buy a new custom mold.
- Laugh knowing that you’ve just prepared four mooncakes for baking and you only have 399,996 more to go this Mid-Autumn Festival.
Check out more delicious Chinese recipes from F&W here.