Easy and Delicious Yokan Mooncake Recipe from Japan

Easy and Delicious Yokan Mooncake Recipe from Japan

If you’re looking for a unique and delightful twist on the traditional mooncake, why not try making Yokan Mooncakes? Originating from Japan, Yokan Mooncakes offer a delicious combination of the soft and sweet Yokan jelly filling, encased in a tender pastry shell. In this article, we will provide you with an easy and mouthwatering recipe to create your very own Yokan Mooncakes.


For the Yokan filling:

  • 400g red bean paste
  • 20g sugar
  • 15g agar-agar powder
  • 450ml water

For the mooncake pastry:

  • 300g glutinous rice flour
  • 50g powdered sugar
  • 50g vegetable oil
  • 150ml water

For the mooncake decoration (optional):

  • Mooncake molds
  • Egg wash (1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon of water)
  • Assorted nuts or seeds for topping (e.g., melon seeds, almonds, or sesame seeds)


  1. Prepare the Yokan filling by combining the red bean paste, sugar, agar-agar powder, and water in a saucepan. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil while stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until the agar-agar powder is completely dissolved.
  3. Remove the Yokan filling from the heat and pour the mixture into a square or rectangular mold. Allow it to cool and set at room temperature or in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour until firm.
  4. While the Yokan filling is setting, prepare the mooncake pastry. In a large mixing bowl, combine the glutinous rice flour, powdered sugar, and vegetable oil. Mix well until the
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