Saturday, September 19, 2009

Teochew Spiral Yam Mooncake (潮州芋蓉月饼)

I remember eating this Teochew Spiral Yam Mooncake that I buy from one of my ex-colleague who makes to sell. The yam fillings covered by the crispy spiral skin is so fragrant on your every bite. Unlike those that sell in the shop, the filling is not too sweet and sticky. You can still feel the yam crumb blend with pinch of savory taste.

I decide to attempt baking this myself since I have lost her contact and no longer able to place the order with her.

Ingredients (12 pieces)

Water Dough :

200 gm plain flour
1/2 tsp white rice vinegar
50 gm shortening
30 gm sugar
80 gm water

Oil Dough :

180 gm plain flour
100 gm shortening


500 gm yam
140 gm sugar
4 tbsp shallots oil (4 nos of shallots, slice and fry till golden brown. Use the oil for the fillings)
1/4 tsp salt
40 gm melon seeds (roast / microwave the melon seeds for about 5 mins)
8 salted egg yolks (optional)


- Fillings

  1. Peel, wash and cut the yam into wedge or quarter size.
  2. Steam yam in a cooker or wok until soft.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mashed the yam.
  4. Add in sugar, shallots oil, salt and melon seeds.
  5. Mix well and put aside to cool down.
  6. Soak the salted egg yolks in white rice wine for 5 mins. Discard the white rice wine (to remove the strong smell). Steam salted egg yolks over medium heat about 5 mins. Put aside to cool down.
- Water Dough

  1. Rub shortening with flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
  2. Add in water, sugar and mix together to form a small dough.
  3. Rest for 30 mins.
  4. Divide into 4 portions.

- Oil Dough

  1. Mix all the ingredients together into a smooth dough.
  2. Divide into 4 portions.


  1. Take water dough and wrap up the oil dough.
  2. Roll into a long rectangle and roll up into a swiss roll shape.
  3. Turned 90° and repeat step 2
  4. Repeat step 3
  5. Cut the roll into 3 pcs each. Roll out the cut dough, spiral side facing up and wrap up with yam + salted egg yolk (optional) filling.
  6. Repeat step 1 to 5 until you finish with all the dough.
  7. Deep fry in medium hot oil till golden brown.

Grab, 4 pcs to FIL house for bunch gathering. Very glad that FIL likes the Teochew mooncake. Seeing him finished up one whole piece by himself warmth my heart.


  1. Hi,
    Ling here. Do you make it for sales? I'm thinking to buy it for my relatives.


  2. Hi Ling,
    I will love to if the times allowed.

    Thank for dropping by!

  3. Hihi,

    Thanks for sharing this spiral yam mooncake recipe. May I check with you what is the reason why we need to steam salted egg yolk? can i bake instead of steam? can add seasame oil to egg yolk?Hope you can enlighten. thanks thanks.


  4. Hi JC,
    yes, you may bake it. I try baking it the other time instead of steam. Perhaps my time estimation is not very good. It isn't turned out that well as compared to the steam method. It all depends on your own preference if you like to add seasame oil.

    Happy Baking!