Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mooing Over Mooncakes

Dear Chang Er,

How on earth do you keep your figure and beauty with all the mooncakes? Oh wait a minute. You're not on earth. Not fair! LOL. Moo-deration is key as always I guess.

Anyway it's the time of the year when mooncakes make their appearance touting traditional favourites alongside new flavours. Yes, folks it's Mooncake Festival Mid Autumn Festival. Corporations dole out big budgets for mooncakes gifts to build rapport with clients while family and friends buy boxes of these once-a-year treats to express well wishes and to please sweet tooth teeth. ;)

Here's a look at what mooncakes this cow has been nibbling on:

A beautiful purple box inspired by the elegance of cheongsum housed A Selection of Baked Mooncakes ($58 for 4 pieces) from the Fairmont Singapore's Szechuan Court.

I have halved them for your viewing pleasure. Moohehe. The new flavour this year, which coincidentally also turned out to be moo favourite flavour, was the Ying Yang Delight- Black & White Sesame in White Lotus Paste. Loved the nutty, natural flavour from the black and white sesame seeds. :)

The other mooncakes were:
- Double Yolk in White Lotus Paste
- Baked Mooncake with Roasted Pinenuts in White Lotus Paste
- Peach-shaped with Single Yolk & Macadamia Nuts in White Lotus Paste

Overall, I found these mooncakes to be less oily and would appeal to those who prefer less grease.   

Szechuan Court also had a box of Selection of Mini Snowskin Mooncakes ($56 for 4 pieces). Which is what flavour?
Yellow- Mini Snowskin Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache
Orange- Mini Snowskin Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate *new*
Green- Mini Snowskin Pandan with Macadamia Nuts
White- Mini Snowskin Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle

I enjoyed the yellow and orange ones the most. Moohehe.

Chang Er, if there are angry birds flying around your celestial palace, you might want to check out the Angry Birds mooncakes from Szechuan Court too! Moohaha.

 Mandarin Orchard's Mandarin Court has the Assorted Baked Mooncake Selection ($58 for 4 pieces):
- Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts and (interestingly) Jamon Iberico
- Baked Mooncake with Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste
- Baked Mooncake with Single Yolk and White Lotus Paste
- Baked Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar White Lotus Paste

Traditional options with just a bit of modern twists that I reckon moost traditional palates would be pleased with.

One of the prettiest snowskin mooncakes was from Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium's Xin Cuisine ($48 for 6 pieces). I had a box featuring each of their 6 snowskin variants (from top to bottom in above photo):
- Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Black Truffle, Walnut & White Lotus Seed Paste *new*
- Mini Snowskin Peranakan Mooncake with Durian Paste
- Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Soursop & Chocolate Crunch *new*
- Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Lavender Chocolate & Chempedak Lotus Paste *new*
- Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Champagne Chocolate & Pandan Lotus Paste
- Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Rum and Raisin Chocolate & Chinese Dates Paste *new*

While I didn't find the soursop one to my personal liking, I like the interesting flavour combinations of floral lavender and fragrant chempedak, and Champagne, chocolate and pandan. Durian lovers would enjoy the rich, creamy durian paste of the blue Peranakan mooncake. A smile and a childhood flashback mooment happened when I tasted the one with Chinese dates. :)

Xin Cuisine can even offer a choice of 2 wines to pair with the mooncakes. I tried the Riondo Prosecco DOC which was a slightly fizzy white wine with delicate floral and mineral notes. Very clean and would make a good pairing with many snowskin mooncakes. 

Thanks to the respective hotels for the above mooncakes.
Happy Mid Autumn Festival, folks!


Laura said...

These are beautiful pics. Wanted to let you know we're running a moon cake contest on our site at Check it out if you're interested!

The Hungry Cow said...

Laura: Hey there. Thanks and happy mooncaking!