Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Mooncake : Wheat Flour Figurine (Koong Chai Paeng) 公仔饼

Mooncake : Wheat Flour Figurine (Koong Chai Paeng) 公仔饼

Recipe source :  Flavours Magazine (courtesy of Radison Hotel & Convention Centre)

I made these figurines because of nostalgia more than anything else. Seeing wheat figurines being sold around town in anticipation of the coming Mid-Autumn Festival brought back childhood memories. When my siblings and I were young, our maternal grandmother would buy for each of us,  beautiful lanterns. In addition, she would be visiting us bearing boxes of mooncakes. I was attracted more to the wheat flour figurines than the round mooncakes. I still remember some of the figurines which were in the form of piglets with accompanying tiny red plastic baskets encasing them. 

I remember all of us siblings coveted the figurines possessively to admire and to play with rather than eating them! But of course, eventually all those biscuits ended up in our tummies!

Once YS discovered that there is no filling inside this "mooncake", he did not bother to taste it! I guess one needs to acquire a taste for this to fully appreciate this old-time biscuit from a different generation. But then again, if no one passes over the baton, cultural values and tradition will be lost!

Ingredients For Crust  (makes 27 pieces)

800g Hong Kong flour
600ml syrup
200ml cooking oil

Egg wash

1 egg, beaten

 The wooden mould that I used

 The lion-shaped mooncakes just knocked out from its mould

I stuck two black beans as 'eyes' for the lions 
Brushing egg wash over the mooncakes


1.  Mix flour, syrup and oil thoroughly. Cover with a cloth and set aside for 3 hours.
2.  Sprinkle the mould with flour. Press dough into the mould and shape it accordingly.
3.  Put in baking tray and bake about 30 minutes at 180 degree C or until slightly browned.
4.  Remove from oven and brush with egg wash.
5.  Bake for another 10 minutes.

I think they look cute instead of fierce-looking

I am linking this post to Cook-Your-Books #3

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Organised by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours


  1. Hi Doris,

    I'm a collector of these traditional mould too. I bought a few but have not bake anything with them yet :p

    Your Koong Chai Paeng looks great and I actually like it both with or without any filling too.


  2. Hi Doris,
    These Koong Chai Paeng look so cute & festive! I love eating this cookies but never have thought that it would be easy to make . Thanks for sharing this recipe. ;)

  3. Hi Doris,
    These are so cute! I remember seeing these biscuits at sundry shops when I was young, but we were too poor to buy them. Those were the days!
    I have not made these and mooncakes in decades, so lazy! :)
    Thank you for sharing with CYB!

  4. yeah yeah..the little piglets in the basket..i remember i used to carry the them around and play with a toy !well done..i hv never tried making koong chai peang but it seems like so much simpler than making mooncakes :)

  5. Wow! looks like everyone is feeling nostalgic about the koong chai paeng. Yeah, all the sweet memories.

  6. Hi Doris,
    I was attracted by your koong chai paeng and i am here :D
    Your lion KCP mould looks so cute and it do bring back the old time sweet memories!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Looks so cute :-). How to make the syrup in this recipe?

    1. Hi, I bought ready-made syrup from bakery shop.


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