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Five Nuts Mooncake with Sambal Dried Shrimp

August 25, 2019 | Recipe by Bake with Paws
Five Nuts Mooncake with Sambal Dried Shrimp

Five Nuts Mooncake with Sambal Dried Shrimp

125g Mooncake Mould  

160g Mooncake Mould 

After successfully making Five Nuts Mooncake with XO Sauce last year, I thought I would give it a Malaysian twist and use Dried Shrimp Sambal or Sambal Hebi this year. This time, I also made the skin thinner and I think I have got the ratio of skin to filling right this time.  My family love this and all agree that it is better than the one I made last year.

I referred to Y3K Mooncakes Coobook and Katherine Kwa's Mixed Nuts Mooncake as a guide.


What type of flour to use?
It is advisable to use low protein flour like pau flour or cake flour.  All purpose flour is acceptable too if you can't get pau flour or cake flour.  The lower the protein content of the flour will yield more softer mooncake biscuit.

What type of oil?
Neutral-flavored oils are suitable for making the skin dough.  Example like corn, peanut, canola, or sunflower oil.  Most recipes will specify peanut oil as it adds a nutty fragrance.

How to determine the weight of the mould?
Put some dough into the mould and press until fill up to the brim.  Remove the dough from the mould and weight it on a kitchen scale.  

How to store and when is the mooncake ready to eat?
Freshly baked mooncake biscuits are rather dry and are best enjoyed 2 or 3 days later. Store the mooncake in an airtight container in a cool place, eg. air-cond room. Let them rest for at least 2 to 3  days before serving in order for the pastry to relax for a better flavour and texture.  After about 4 - 5  day, it is recommended to store the mooncake in the refrigerator.  It is best to eat the mooncake within 2 weeks.  

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Recipe - Five Nuts Mooncake with Sambal Dried Shrimp 

11 mooncakes  for 160g mooncake mould
13 mooncakes for 125g mooncake plastic mould



350g low protein flour (pau flour/cake flour/all purpose flour)
230g homemade golden syrup (click here for recipe)
1 tsp Alkaline water
80g Peanut oil
Egg wash : egg yolk + 1 tbsp fresh milk, mix well and strain

  1. Mix sugar syrup, alkaline water and peanut oil together thoroughly
  2. Sift flour in a large bowl, make a well in the center and pour in the sugar syrup mixture. Using a rubber spatula to mix and form to a soft dough.
  3. Cover the dough using cling wrap then set it aside in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight before using.
  4. After one hour or the next day, remove the dough from fridge. 
  5. 160g Mooncake Mould :-
    1. Measure dough to 50g and roll it into a ball. Make 11 balls and use the balance for mooncake biscuits.  The percentage skin is around 30%.
  6. 125g - 135g Mooncake Mould :- 
    1. Measure dough to about 42g and roll it into a ball. Make 13 balls and use the balance for mooncake biscuits.  The percentage skin is around 30%.


Ingredients A
100g walnuts, toasted and chopped
100g almonds, toasted and chopped
100g melon seeds, toasted
100g pumpkin seeds, toasted
100g sesame seeds, toasted
100g kat paeng (candied mandarin orange), diced small
110g tong kua (candied melon), diced small
120g koh fun (cooked glutinous rice flour)

Ingredients B (Seasoning):
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp five spices powder
50g or 5 tbsp vegetable oil (I used extra virgin coconut oil + extra virgin olive oil)
2 tbsp rose wine (may replace with shaoxing wine if can't get rose wine)
90 - 120g water (start with 90g, add in the balance if you find too dry after adding all the ingredients)
1 tbsp ligh soy sauce
80g or 4 Tbsp honey 
25 sesame paste (blend 25g of toasted sesame seeds with food processor till creamy)
135g sambal shrimp prawn (I used my homemade sambal hebi)

  1. Combine all ingredients A (except koh fun) in a mixing bowl. 
  2. Combine all ingredients B in a big mixing bowl and mix well with the spatula or hand whisk.
  3. Add the ingredients A mixture into ingredient B mixture.  Stir all together to combine with spatula.
  4. Then add in koh fun and mix well
  5. 160g Mooncake Mould :-
    1. Roll into 11 balls, approximately 110g each. Set aside.  The percentage for filling is around 70%.
  6. 125g - 135g Mooncake Mould :- 
    1. Roll into 13 balls, approximately 94g.  Set aside.  The percentage for filling is around 70%.


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C (top and bottom heat).
  2. Line baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Roll a ball of Skin Dough out until approx 4.5 inches in diameter or you can flatten with your hand.
  4. Place a ball of filling in the centre, wrap around the filling and carefully push the folds to seal, shape into a ball. Dust with flour all around. 
  5. Dust the mould with some flour too and tap out the access flour. Press the mooncake firmly into the wooden mould. Knock the mould on surface to release. Place it on the lined baking tray.
  6. Lightly spray some water onto the mooncakes.  This will prevent mooncake from cracking.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes. Brush with egg wash. Return mooncakes to the oven and bake for another 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Let the mooncakes cool completely on a rack before storing.  The mooncake may look slightly cracked and uneven colour when you remove it from the oven.  However, the cracks will lessen or disappear and the colour will become even and darker over time as its oils naturally distribute. 
Do also note that the baking temperature and timing provided are what works for my oven and should also be regarded as a guide only. Every oven behaves a little differently, so please adjust accordingly for your oven.
Skin Dough


To Assemble

125g Mooncake Mould ⬇

Five Nuts Mooncake with Sambal Dried Shrimp


  1. Hi ! I would like to find out is there any difference that u used honey for the Sambal Dried Shrimp moon cake but for XO sauce moon cake is golden syrup.
    Thanks and awaiting for your reply.

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for asking. Both yield the same result. Just honey is more healthy.

      Cheers :)

    2. Thanks for your prompt reply!

  2. Can i increase the syrup to 245grams but decrease the oil to 70grams?

    1. Hi, thanks for reading and the question. I guess you can if you have already tried before.

      Cheers :)

  3. I love that mould you use, where can I buy that?

    1. Hi, I ordered online from Shopee. Thanks


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