Friday, September 18, 2015

Mooncakes- Celebrating Chang Er's Sweet Tooth

It's the time of the year again when moon goddess Chang Er and her celestial bunnies are bouncing off jade pagodas and icy lakes from all that sugar high. Ah the mid-autumn festival. Seeing the lit lanterns and tasting a dozen boxes of mooncakes is a sure sign to the red fat man and his little helpers to prepare for that upcoming moost wonderful time of the year.

Over at the St Regis Singapore's Yan Ting, masterchefs dole out an exquisite selection of mini snowskin mooncakes presented in an elegant ivory tower. These handcrafted treats come in new flavours such as the White Lotus Paste with Lemon Truffle ($73 for a box of 8), which is imbued with a delightfully bright citrus touch, the interesting sweet-savoury combination of Cranberry Paste with Salted Egg Yolk ($73 for a box of 8) and the White Lotus Paste with Lychee Martini Truffle ($75 for a box of 8), which I suspect is just Chang Er craving for a cocktail. Moohehe.

Add a dash of colour to the dining table with Xin Cuisine's snowskin favourites. These mini beauties encased in a pastel blue and fuchsia pink box bearing dainty motifs of the Vanda Miss Joaquim, seduce the eyes as much as they tease the palate. Enjoy flavours like the rich and creamy Peranakan Durian, intriguing Soursop and Chocolate Crunch, alongside new ones such as the wholesome Purple Sweet Potato with Macadamia Nuts and the perky Coffee White Lotus Seed Paste with Rum & Raisin Chocolate. Each flavour is priced at $52 per box of 6.

Tea is the beverage of choice when enjoying mooncakes and what's even better is when tea is incorporated directly into the mooncakes for a clever winning combination. The InterContinental Singapore's Man Fu Yuan unveils its new Snowskin Tea Collection ($66 for a box of 4 pieces) with tea-infused flavours like the heady Early Grey & Baileys Truffle with White Lotus Paste, fragrant Oolong & Black Sesame Paste, floral Rose & Pistachio with White Lotus Paste, and my favourite Japanese Matcha. Love the latter's prominent green tea flavour with a pleasant slight hint of bitterness!

Also worth a shout out is the InterContinental Singapore's mooncake box for this year. Designed by local illustrator Jacqueline Goh, the beautiful tin box reflects the rich heritage and architectural facades of the Bugis area where the hotel is located at. After polishing off the mooncakes inside, it can be reused to keep jewellery, stationary and other small items.

All the above mooncakes are available at the respective hotels until 27 September.

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

Chew On This: Mooncakes are pretty high in cow-lories so do share them around with friends and loved ones to even out the damage! Moohehe.  

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