Snowskin Mooncake with Red Bean Paste Fillling


You can immediately tell why this is called “snowskin” mooncake. The pastry is made of cooked glutinous rice flour or koh fun, sweetened with syrup and then wrapped over a red bean paste filling.  This mooncake needs no baking.  Just chill before serving.  It is also easy to add flavoring, much like the ones served in our Mooncake and Tea Party for Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24.


  • 50 g koh fun or fried glutinous rice flour
  • 15 g shortening
  • 50 g water
  • 75 g sugar
  • choice of filling,  red bean paste or lotus paste



  1. Make syrup by heating sugar and water in a pan until sugar is dissolved.  Cool in refrigerator.
  2. Combine koh fun and shortening, rubbing until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Add cooled syrup. Mix to combined but do not overmix.
  3. Weigh about 25 g of filling and roll into balls.
  4. Weigh about 20 g of mooncake skin.  Wrap over filling, place into mooncake mould and knock-out gently.
  5. Chill in refrigerator before serving.  To store, place in tightly covered container and keep refrigerated.


If you cannot find fried glutinous rice or koh fun, here is a recipe I learned from Lily on how to make them at home:

Home made fried glutinous rice flour or KOH FUN:

1. Bake glutinous rice flour in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
2. Place baked flour in a bowl and steam for 1/2 hour.
3. Remove and put in a microwavable glass bowl . Microwave on high 1 minute at a time until very slightly brown, stirring after every heating. (It starts getting brown at the bottom and you might not notice it.  My one pound bag of glutinous rice flour took 3 minutes.


To make flavored snowkin, replace the water with any fruit juice you want to use and adjust the sugar.  For green tea snowskin, add 1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder with the flour before adding liquid.  You can also use, peach, orange, lemon, pomegranate, etc.

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» jenn said: { Oct 2, 2009 - 11:10 }

Now this one I like. The bean paste makes it for me. ;-D

» Miranda said: { Oct 2, 2009 - 07:10 }

WOW! VERY VERY UNIQUE, but so so beautiful. I would love to try one!

» Miriam/The Winter Guest said: { Oct 3, 2009 - 01:10 }

They’re such beauties!

» Blackswan said: { Oct 3, 2009 - 03:10 }

Wow! I must try making this next year :) Thks!

» Miranda said: { Oct 3, 2009 - 05:10 }

WOW! VERY VERY UNIQUE, but so so beautiful. I would love to try one!
Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!

» lululu said: { Oct 3, 2009 - 02:10 }

unbelievable!!!!! these are just like art pieces!

» Vegetable Matter said: { Oct 3, 2009 - 03:10 }


» Mel @ said: { Oct 4, 2009 - 06:10 }

My favorite filling for bing-pei mooncake is TARO :) Awesome job! A feat I don’t have the guts to tackle :)

» Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said: { Oct 4, 2009 - 09:10 }

These are lovely! I really want to try a snowskin mooncake because the baked ones are usually too heavy for me. Where did you buy your molds?

» cristina said: { Nov 3, 2009 - 08:11 }

These just look so beautiful. how can you not eat them. lovely. someone said that good food satisfies hunger for your stomach as well as your eyes. this does the both i guess.

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