Said to have originated as a covert way of smuggling messages about an upcoming rebellion many moons ago, mooncakes also tell a tale involving Chang Er, the legendary beautiful moon deity.
While I have never seen a message hidden in a mooncake nor met Chang Er (sigh. Damn! Jade! Rabbit!), I do enjoy a bit of this seasonal delicacy each time the annual Mid Autumn Festival comes.
Over at Resorts World Sentosa's Feng Shui Inn (Tel: 6577 6688) mooncakes come in mini sizes with flavours such as Hawaiian Golden Pineapple paste with premium grade AA Imperial Bird’s Nest, Premium Grade AA Imperial Bird’s Nest, Flaky pastry with Organic Japanese Golden Sweet Potatoes and Flaky pastry with Japanese Purple Sweet Potatoes.
The ones with bird's nest are a luxurious touch and would be perfect as corporate gifts though the prized ingredient adds no distinct taste to the lotus-paste-filled mooncakes. The version with Hawaiian Golden Pineapple boasts a mild fragrance of the fruit.
The flaky mooncakes filled with organic Japanese purple sweet potatoes and organic Japanese golden sweet potatoes are perfect for those who dislike the often overly sweet mooncakes. I like the natural, wholesome appeal of these and only hoped that the skin was moore flaky and fragrant. I would reckon Chang Er would approve of warming these babies in the toaster/oven before spooning over a dollop of good salted butter. Moohehe. #myperfectdateplanwithChangEr
Feng Shui Inn's Premium Box of 8 mini mooncakes (2 each of the above mentioned flavours) comes at an auspicious $88.
For snowskin mooncakes, the InterContinental Singapore's Man Fu Yuan (Tel: 6820 8519) has four pretty yummy ones ($53.80+ for a box of four; 1 flavour each). The Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine is my favourite with its fragrant, slightly floral filling. For something rich and deeply nutty, try the Sesame Paste with White Sesame Seeds. It is flavoursome, sweet and with a savoury edge. The mildest of the lot seemed to be the White Lotus with Macadamia Nuts. This year's new flavour of Pulot Hitam features chewy grains of black glutinous rice with an aromatic coconut touch.
Pac Man mooncakes, anyone? Moohehe.
Now fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars...
Happy Mid Autumn Festival, folks! :)
Thanks to Feng Shui Inn and Man Fu Yuan for the mooncakes.
The Hungry Cow