2014 Mooncake Mania!

It’s finally that time of the year!
We’re all set- lanterns, tea, pumpkin seeds and the big bright moon- but no Mid Autumn festival can be complete without mooncake!

We roamed the streets and shopping malls and got our hands on tasty morsels of mooncake, snowskin and more! It was a fun journey with an array of creative and yummy mooncakes- we were spoilt for choice. Not sure which mooncake house to try this year? No worries, we’ll share our favourite picks with you!

Home’s Favourite


These mooncakes are rather huge, and comes in a box of four. We love the Top Grade Snow Skin- it does not feel sticky even after removing from the fridge for a few minutes. We tried the Golden Phoenix Durian Mooncake– oh my, the durian filling sure is yummy! If you’re looking to gift mooncakes to friends, this is a good choice for any durian lover, all packed into a lovely, trendy box. If not, Home’s Favourite also offers the traditional White Lotus flavours and unique concoctions like Raspberry Panna Cotta or Chempedak that will be fun to try!

10% off for all mooncakes!
Home’s Favourite
http://www.homesfavourite.com/
6272 2028

大中国饼家 Chop Tai Chong Kok


You can’t go wrong with traditional mooncakes with a rich history, can you? 大中国饼家 has been around since 1935! They have experimented with new flavours like the Snow Skin Lotus Paste, but we feel that their signature traditional mooncakes such as the Lotus Seed Paste with One Yolk (or how about 4 Yolks?) and Red Bean Paste are still the best. These traditional delights are a popular choice to bring to a family gathering- simple and yummy to share. A nostalgic treat for all.

大中国饼家 Chop Tai Chong Kok
http://taichongkok.com/

Baker’s Well


Baker’s Well is a little cafe-bakery tucked in the same street of Katong Laksa. Besides their signature muffins, they also offer an exciting range of mooncakes! The Snowskin Mooncake with Champagne Truffle gets a thumbs up from us. We also tried the Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts (五仁) and was pleasantly surprised. Normally only parents and the older generation like the 五仁 taste- so we were taken aback when the taste was not your usual- the flavours blend really well and the nuts are crunchy. What an unexpected find!

Baker’s Well
35 East Coast Road. Open 8am-9pm daily.
Takashimaya Square B2 Near Fountain Entrance. Open daily from 7 Aug to 8 September.

The Peninsula


Alright, now let’s take a look at some special mooncakes. These mini mooncakes have a very mouthwatering pastry smell. Why? That’s because they have special egg custard skins! (Maybe because these mooncakes are made exclusively in Hong Kong too. Wow.) This is perfect on its own, or as a refreshing dessert after a meal. Be warned though, just one is not enough!

The Peninsula Boutique
B1-13 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn S238801
6235 2001/6835 9798

Peony Jade


Let’s welcome the delightful new range of snowskin mooncakes from Peony Jade! Durian lovers can also rejoice as Peony Jade offers many variations of the King of Fruits with the Premium Top Grade Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake in Organic Pandan Snow Skin, Mini Bamboo Ash Snowskin Mooncake with Premium Golden Phoenix Durian and the Black Thorn Durian Nyonya Mooncake in Coconut Mini Snowskin. A durian feast, anyone?

Be spoilt for choice with the new flavours Chocolate Salted Caramel Glaze Banana and Walnuts Mooncake and the Mini Snowskin Mango Philadelphia Cheese Mooncake. Made with no artificial flavourings and preservatives, you can happily munch on these sweet treats without worry.

And don’t forget the Teochew ‘orh ni’ baked mooncakes with its airy, flaky skin and the traditional baked Premium Mother of Pearl White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts & Double Yolk! They are always the standard fare in gatherings. A safe but wise and reliable choice!

For orders and enquiries, please visit www.pjmooncakes.com and www.peonyjade.com. The last online order for mooncakes ends on 31 August 2014, 7pm.

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore


Ooh! Shangri-La Hotel impresses with absolutely beautiful packaging.

Exquisite mooncakes and gift boxes as usual from the mooncake giant!
The mooncakes are encased in a sophisticated box inspired by the traditional Chinese Cheongsam- opening it is a rich luxurious experience by itself.

New flavours include Baked Red Bean Paste with Diced Almond, and Mini Snow-skin Phoenix Supreme Oolong Tea, Mini Snow-skin Imperial Consort 18-year-old Pu-erh Tea and Mini Baked Passion Fruit for the Mini Mooncakes range. You can evoke the warm feelings of reunion this moonlit night of Mid Autumn! Great idea for a gift.

To order online, visit www.slsrewards.com.sg/mooncake2014 or call please call (65) 6213 4448 or (65) 6213 4473.
Retail booths are also located at the Shangri-La Hotel and various shopping malls island-wide, including Takashimaya, VivoCity, Junction 8, Jurong Point and Parkway Parade.

Park Hotel

Next, check out the new taste arrivals from Park Hotel Group that include the fragrant Golden Cognac Truffle, the nutritious Golden Pumpkin with Mung Beans & Single Yolk, and rich, sweet offerings like the Royal Topaz with Nougat & Chocolate Pops. Sounds exciting, no? We couldn’t wait to sink our teeth into these delightful treats.

If you’re looking for an elegant gift set to impress, do consider The Royal Mid-Autumn Treasures Gift Set which comes with a pairing of the Bottega Gold Sparkling Wine, the perfect companion drink to the four selected baked mooncakes. It’ll definitely help your gift stand out!

Also, don’t miss the signature traditional delights like the Golden Yam and Yolk, with its silky yam paste and light, flaky golden pastry.You can also check out the healthier, low sugar option White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts and the vegetarian Golden Jade with Duo Nuts with fragrant pine and melon seeds. Mmmm, so many flavours and choices to choose from!

Available for sale until 8 September 2014 at Grand Park Orchard, Grand Park City Hall and Park Hotel Clarke Quay. For orders and enquiries, please contact 6432 5555 or email mooncake@parkhotelgroup.com.

Tea Treats: Not quite mooncake, but definitely still great for Mid-Autumn

Minamoto Kitchoan

Can you resist these adorable bunnies?

http://www.kitchoan.tw/season.html

Mooncakes don’t always have to look round. Watch faces light up when you open this lovely box of ten bunny wagashi. They are too cute! The bunnies are inspired from the story of the Jade Rabbit, a companion of Chang E, who pounds away on his mortar to make the elixir of life on the moon. These wagashi, or Traditional Japanese Sweets, are filled with bean paste and yuzu. A good idea especially for your group of girlfriends or little children.

391-A Orchard Road
Takashimaya Department Store
#B206-1,Singapore 238873
TEL 65-6735-1315
http://www.kitchoan.com/

Pryce Tea


“When eating durian mooncake, what tea do you pair it with?”
This question left us scratching our heads. Thankfully, home grown brand Pryce Tea comes to the rescue with a tea set complete with a fun mooncake-tea pairing wheel!

Try their newest infusion teas of the Shanghai Tisanes range- the zesty, perky Mandarin Pu Erh, the aromatic Vanilla Dragonwell with nutty undertones reminiscent of roasted hazelnut, or their Grand Shanghai, a sweet Lychee Osmanthus tea brewed from Goji Berry. Their dramatic modern take on otherwise traditional teas result in interesting flavours to savour. Pair these with mooncakes and complete your Mid-Autumn’s night!

Pryce Tea is a home-grown local band developed by one of the oldest and most
established tea company in Singapore, Lim Lam Thye, to be the finest purveyor of orientalteas and infusions. Since its founding, Pryce has earned local and international accolades for its packaging and high standard of quality and taste such as the Great Taste Award 2013 and Singapore Packaging Star Award. Sounds legit!

You can find Pryce Tea at their debut launch:
7 Aug- 8 Sep 2014, Takashimaya Square, B2

http://prycetea.com/
https://www.facebook.com/prycetea

We hope you enjoyed our post about mooncakes! Wishing you a lovely Mid-Autumn filled with lots of love and laughter.

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