Mooncake Craft

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Lita Mu is a handbag designer based in Shanghai whose biggest hobby is baking for her friends and family in her spare time. Lita bakes Chinese mooncakes by hand, making them from scratch. Each mooncake is carefully crafted in her small design studio. Along with traditional mooncakes, she also makes unusual black mooncakes with red bean filling. The raw ingredients are soaked, crushed, cooked, molded, baked, and then later packaged in sets of six. Mooncake crafting is quite a labor-intensive and meticulous process, so Lita’s mooncakes are highly coveted as a special gift during the Mid-Autumn’s Festival holiday in China. She shows us the whole process from start to finish in this short video.


慕惠希是生活在上海的手袋设计师。业余时间,的最大爱好就是为亲朋好友烘焙,自然也少不了做手工月饼。在她小小的设计工作室中,惠希为每一个月饼精雕细琢。除了比较传统的月饼外,她还做罕见的黑色红豆馅儿月饼。做手工月饼是个慢工出细活的事,原材料要经过浸泡,碾磨,烹煮,压模,烘烤,最后再六个一打进行包装。所以惠希的月饼在中秋时节倍受垂涎。在短片中,她给我们展示了整个制作过程。

“I don’t want to give someone a gift that tastes bad, so I started experimenting with making truly delicious mooncakes. I think that giving this type of gift during Mid-Autumn’s Festival is more thoughtful. I still have a soft spot for traditional mooncake flavors, but rarely did I find any that tasted very good. For it to be truly delicious, the sweetness has to be controlled and you have to use really good ingredients. The buttery taste has to mask the taste of the beans so that the flavor is more smooth.”


“我不想把不好吃的东西送给别人吃,于是就开始自己尝试着做真正美味的月饼,我觉得这样送出去的中秋礼物才够得上有心意! 我对传统口味的月饼是情有独钟的,但是很少能吃到做得好的。提升口味的一个重要因素就是要控制用糖,还有食材一定要好。 黄油香浓的味道完美地掩盖住豆子的腥味,能让口感也更加滑润。”

“I make two types of skins for the mooncakes: a traditional one and a pure black one (made with bamboo charcoal powder) that is more unconventional. These two kinds paired together make up a perfect black and white combo, and can create a sense of mystery. The bamboo charcoal powder also has positive health effects for the body. The enthusiasm that everyone has shown for the mooncakes has given me a lot of encouragement. Even though the process can be quite difficult, it really does make me happy. I hope to start my own brand of desserts in the future and come up with new interesting sweets every month for everyone to try.”


“我做了传统和创意的两种月饼皮。纯黑色的这款,是我用食用竹炭粉混在面粉里做成的,正好呼应一黑一白两种馅料的颜色,在视觉上也给食客很大的神秘感。而且竹炭粉可以为身体排毒,非常养生。做月饼这个事上,大家的喜爱真的给了我莫大的鼓舞,虽然制作过程很辛苦,但是真的好开心。我觉得以后我可以做自己的甜品品牌,每个月出一款有意思的美味点心给大家吃。”

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Contributor & Videographer: Jia Li
Photography: Chan Qu


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供稿人与视频摄影师: Jia Li
照片摄影师:Chan Qu