Hi all Taobabes and Taodudes! This is just a quick reminder to all those who are going to be making Trung Thu cakes to start soaking them eggs!
Here’s how you do it.
8 cups water
4 Tbs salt
1/2 cup of wine (any old cooking wine will do)
1 tsp sugar
4 star anise cloves (optional)
1 cardamon pod (optional)
Bring water to a rolling boil.
Add salt, wine, sugar, anise and the cardamon.
Allow to boil for a few minutes and then turn off the heat.
Allow the salt water to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, gently place eggs in a large jar.
Then pour the salted water over the eggs until completely covered.
Make sure the eggs are completely submerged in the water. Use some object like a small bowl or plate to place on top of the eggs. I sometimes ball up a wad of aluminum foil and shove it into the mouth of the jar to keep the eggs under water.
Cover tightly and set aside until 3 days before Trung Thu.
And we will be back with the cake directions at that time. Enjoy the rest of the summer, y’all.
Thank you for the recipe Taobabe! I need to find a good jar and plate so the eggs don’t float. My mom just bought some moon cake molds because she wants to make purple yam moon cakes.
Wow. Hats off to your mom. I just make the boring old mooncakes using basic ingredients like red bean paste and salt egg. I don’t know how to make the fancy stuff. How do you make purple yam moon cakes?
Hi Taobabe! I this recipe from http://happyhomebaking.blogspot.com/2011/08/prelude.html is similar to how my mom makes it.
300g purple sweet potatoes
50g chopped cashew nuts (or walnuts, pistachios, hazel nuts, peanuts etc)
20ml maple syrup or honey (adjust according to preference)
Roast nuts (of your choice) with a small frying pan over low heat until lightly browned, stir constantly. Leave to cool and coarsely chop the roasted nuts, set aside.
Wash, peel sweet potatoes. Cut into small chunks.
Steam under high heat for 15-20mins until soft.
Mash sweet potatoes with fork. Mould into small round balls about 30g each, (my mooncake mould is for 50-60g mooncake). Place inside the mould (comes with a plunger), push the plunger to release the sweet potatoes.
Drizzle over maple syrup or honey and
My mom also adds coconut milk to the purple yam mixture and a mung bean filling. She likes to make them because they’re easier to make haha. Also Happy Vu Lang 🙂
Are you really gone for the rest of summer?
We miss you Taobabe!