The price of mooncakes is increasing each year. More than RM10 just for a piece of mooncake. Therefore, it is not surprising that more and more people prefer to try making their own mooncakes.
Question is where to get the supply? Let me share with you….
Our family have been making mooncake for years- not for sale but to be distributed to friends and family. We only make the traditional ones: ‘kam thui’ and lotus paste. The part on lotus paste is not easy to cook- but for us, we cook everything from scratch.
First, how to make mooncakes
To learn how to make mooncakes, you have some options- you can find out if there are classes being held at your area. Usually you can ask baking suppliers like Bake with Yen about the classes.
Or…there’s always YouTube…just perform a search “how to make mooncakes” and you have it.
But one thing though….generally even if you pay for the classes, the instructors would not share everything with you. Somehow even if you follow the instructions, your mooncake would not turn out like those being sold at the store. There would be ‘something’ missing.
Still, by starting and learning through trial and error- with time the taste would improve.
Where to get mooncake raw material and supplies?
From baking suppliers. For example, Bake with Yen http://bakewithyen.my/shop/ (they have branches in Puchong, Taman Megah in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh) or Chang Tung. Bake with Yen sells almost everything that you need to make the mooncakes such as:
- lotus paste (ready made)
- mooncake moulds (but I think only the plastic mold)
- mooncake cardboard boxes and the plastic to place the mooncake
- walnuts, sunflower seed, lemon skin for the ‘kam thui’
- ingredients to make the skin
You may also inquire with them if they have mooncake baking classes available.
In Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur near Jalan Sultan, there is this shop- I have not been there for a long time so I do not know the name but when I spelled the Chinese pronounciation it is pronounced as “choi fatt heng”. This shop is located opposite a pet shop supplier in Petaling Street area (not far from Popular bookstore). If you ask around It sells fresh supply of mooncake materials including wooden moulds. However the last we checked, some items are cheaper at Bake With Yen like walnuts and almonds.
Making your own mooncake and selling them
Yes, there is some who may make their own mooncake for sale. I have seen a stall at the pasar malam (night market) who specialises in selling jelly mooncakes- they would sell it during mooncake festival (photo below taken few years back):
This stall at the nightmarket would sell various varieties and each mooncake is sold for RM5.50 each. It is much cheaper than the traditional ones because it is easier to make than traditional mooncakes like lotus or kam tui. Here are the flavors available for jelly mooncake:
- Dragon fruit
- Ice Cream mooncake
And on non mooncake festival time, they would sell colourful konnyaku jelly. Cost is not high but profit margin is very good. I have eaten jelly mooncakes before ….I love them but to me, they are like jelly being made in mooncake moulds- and tata….the usual jelly in a mould are now….jelly mooncakes.
Whether you are trying to learn to make them, I hope you would find the resources useful for you.