After kneading the apprentice had to peel the dough off the pot. She tried and nearly broke off a piece of the dough instead of peeling the dough off as a unit.
The master demonstrated the right way to do it. The dough nearly peeled off as an entire piece and the master’s hands seemed to be able to handle the dough in a firm yet soft manner.
It looks as if the trick is to grasp the dough firmly without excessive finger strength, feel it and then decisively peel it. It is probably easier said than done but this was how it looked like to me because it reminded me of what we do in our Taiji to demonstrate the uprooting skill part of Play Pipa.
In Play Pipa if you just try to use strength to pull your partner off balance you will have a hard time doing so. Even if you use speed to try to stay one step ahead of your partner’s response it may not always work as he could still react fast enough to resist and thwart your plan.
The trick to overcoming your partner’s resistance is to use your body as a unified whole then use it to lever your partner’s root off the ground. In this way his entire body will be peeled off the ground, just like the way the mee sua master peeled the dough off.