Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chewing on Mooncakes

In the editorial world, the arrival of mooncakes sends a love-hate frenzy among media friends. It is also a sign that Christmas is coming. HEY IT IS COMING! #youhearditherefirst! Moohehe.

Ok I digress.

Mandarin Orchard's box boasts an elegant feel with a plush red border and gold lattice motifs. The baked mooncakes were pretty good with smooth, not-too-sweet fillings of Azuki Red Bean Paste and Pine Nuts ($57 for 4 pieces), Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste ($61 for 4 pieces) and Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar White Lotus Paste ($57 for 4 pieces).
The interesting one which stood out was the 8-Treasure Mala Szechwan Spice and Jamon Iberico ($65 for 4 pieces). A savoury mooncake, this one had meaty flavours with the mild tingling aftertaste from Sze Chuan peppercorns.

Over at the InterContinental Singapore's Man Fu Yuan, baked mooncakes take on a more traditional feel with timeless favourites such as White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolks ($59 for 4 pieces) and Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk ($49 for 4 pieces). Those who prefer one with less sugar can opt for the Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk ($49 for 4 pieces).

I particularly enjoyed the Shanghai Mooncake with Single Yolk ($57 for 4 pieces), top left in the above photo. Its buttery, slightly salty crust complemented the sweetness of the lotus seed paste nicely.

Man Fu Yuan's snowskin mooncakes are also equally tempting with the Snowskin Mooncake Combination ($57 for 4 pieces) offering one piece of each of 4 flavours- the rich "Mao Shan Wang" Durian Mooncake with Coconut, intensely nutty Sesame Paste with White Sesame Seeds, subtle White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts, and my personal favourite of the aromatic Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine.

Man Fu Yuan's beautiful box this year is designed by students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Simple with understated class. Inside this, the individual mooncakes are covered by small boxes with colourful butterfly designs.

Happy Mid-Autumn, folks! Here's to a peaceful one filled with dreams of Chang E quality time spent with family and friends over delicious mooncakes and teas. Moohehe.

Thanks to Mandarin Orchard and InterContinental Singapore for the mooncakes.

Chew On This: Cos they only appear once a year! #maytheynotgothewayofthebakchang

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