Very Veggie Recipe Submission: Tea-Flavored Mung Bean Cakes

January 14, 2021
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Recipe by Isabelle Lin

With mung beans, there is little one cannot do. Considered a household staple in east and southeast Asia, the humble bean blossoms into beautiful form when turned into impressive and crowd-favorite mooncakes.

In this tea-flavored twist on the classic, it is essential to use shelled or split mung beans for a smooth, palate-pleasing texture. And, while you will need the help of a few special tools, like a mooncake mold, there are countless designs available for you to choose from. Let’s get started!


1 Jing Si Black Tea Bag

350g water

300g shelled mung beans

150g sugar

100g oil or butter

special tools: mooncake mold, kitchen scale, rice cooker, hand mixer, pastry brush


  1. Using scale, measure out 300g of mung beans. Place into a larger metal dish (but no wider than your rice cooker).
  2. In a separate heat-proof bowl, add tea bag and boiled water. Let brew for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the brewed tea to the mung beans and mix.
  4. Add 2 cups of water to your rice cooker. Place the bowl with mung beans inside. Set to cook.
  5. Next, measure out 150g of sugar and 100g of oil or butter.
  6. When mung beans have cooked, stir in. Use a hand mixer to blend ingredients, ensuring no mung bean grains are left visible. Resulting mixture should look like dough.
  7. In a pan or wok, lightly fry mung bean mixture to stiffen a bit for the next step, molding. Gently fold throughout until able to form a cohesive ball. Let cool a bit.
  8. Begin measuring mixture into 35g portions (you may adjust depending on mooncake mold size).
  9. With an additional 1 tbsp of oil, use pastry brush to oil the inside of your mooncake mold and prevent sticking.
  10. Place each portion into the mold and press down to shape.
  11. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours. Serve on your favorite plates and enjoy with a hot cup of tea!

A Message From the Chef

I almost never cook or bake in my daily life, so I think participating in this project was a really nice experience for me. The project also introduced me to video editing, which I find really interesting to do. Overall, it was a unique experience and allowed me to expose myself to the fun of baking and go more in-depth about the details of video editing; I learned to be more creative when making my video and think more outside-the-box.

– Isabelle Lin, Westmont High School in Campbell, California

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