Inspired by the many beautiful photos put up by fellow food bloggers in their blogs, I decided to try my hand at making some "ping pei" (snowskin) mooncakes. I'm not much of a mooncake fan so that's why I opted to try making some mini ones. Being small, mini mooncakes are not that "jelak" and I do think they look cuter too!
Ping pei moonies are not that difficult to make, actually. It's the same principle and procedure as making Angkoos! Furthermore, there is no cooking or steaming required... so it's really easier than making angkoos, hehe! I prefer making the ping pei moonies and not the baked version because for ping pei, I can actually try making a variety of colours and fillings too. The pastel shades are so pretty, don't you think?
So, yesterday being a public holiday and I had no plans to go anywhere, I gathered all the necessary stuff and spent a couple of hours trying to make these moonies.
This was the very first time I ever made any mooncake, haha! Yes, I know they look kinda amateurish... much can be improved!
I only experimented with 2 colours yesterday... all from natural ingredients!
For the green ones, I used freshly-made pandan juice and the filling was pandan lotus paste. For the pink ones, I used beetroot juice and filled them with redbean paste. Just a small of amount of beetroot juice is enough to give this lovely pink shade! Oh, I also added in generous amounts of melon seeds into the filling to give it that extra crunch and bite!
I ended up with more than 70 pieces of these in my fridge. Besides giving some to my neighbours, what I did was pack them into individual plastic containers like these (of course nothing as fancy as those you can get from the restaurants or hotels!) and I gave them out to my colleagues this morning!
Reading masak-masak's blog has inspired me to try other variations... and that's going to be my project this weekend! Hey Boo, thank you for all the great photos and ideas!
I have a few ideas in my mind already and I can't wait to work on them :-))
And, of course, I'm gonna try to improve on the moonies - appearance, taste and all! Watch out for Version 2, coming soon ;-)
Anyone willing to be my "guinea pigs" out there? :-D