Lunar Luxuries

Cherry Blossom

Mid Autumn Festival is upon us once again and just like every year, every player in the F&B business starts pushing their mooncake will ahead of the actual festivities. With plenty to choose from, consumers are never short of choices.

And every year you’ll find me heading back to the same handful of restaurants for my personal stash. I’m a true believer that the old guys make them better, I prefer the tried and tested. I’m also one of those people who gets turn off by egg yolks in my mooncake, and prefers the chilled snow skin variation. So what if I’m not a purist? I like what I eat and I eat what I like.

Without fail, my annual pilgrimage includes a stop to OVERSEAS RESTAURANT for their Snow Skin Pure Lotus Paste mooncake which is always a pleasure. As any self-proclaimed connoisseur will tell you, that the secret to a good mooncake lies in its lotus paste. It must contain the right ratio of sugar and oil mix to achieve that smooth melt in your mouth texture which Overseas never fail to produce. Another reason why I love the mooncakes here is how their Snow Skin is always subtle in taste letting the lotus paste take precedence and it’s never dry, brittle or taste like plastic.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve also found joy in their new creation of the Cherry Blossom Mooncake. It’s still quintessentially the same lotus paste mooncake, but with a hint of Sakura’s fragrance in it.

Champagne Mooncake

But no Mid-Autumn Festival would be complete (at least for this lil’ monkey) without indulging in the luxurious Moët & Chandon Champagne Mini Ping Pei mooncake from Ritz Carlton’s famed Liyen Chinese Restaurant. Screw Häagen-Dazs‘ uber expensive faux ice cream mooncake. If you have to splurge this season, spend them on these.

Made fresh to order with no preservatives (apparently they go bad within a week). One whiff of its soft champagne skin and a taste of its immaculate golden lotus paste will send you straight to bubbly heaven. Kinda like M&Ms, they melt in your mouth not in your hands. The only down side is its minuscule size. Measuring slightly larger than a 50-sens coin in diameter, this little wonder will disappear before you can say “Cheers!“.

No guessing how I felt receiving a box of these lovely goodies from McCutie while I am still recovering at home. And no, it’s not the alcohol speaking *hic*

9 Responses to Lunar Luxuries
  1. Life for Beginners
    August 25, 2008 | 9:42 am

    Ah, the things we do to satisfy our better halves. Me hunting for the best snow skin lotus paste mooncake in town… but kinda hard when The Devil Wears Prada likes it with not one but TWO egg yolks! Ai. Yai. Yai.

  2. McCutie
    August 25, 2008 | 11:05 am

    Egg yolk = gross
    Double egg yolk <> double gross
    Double egg yolk = (gross)^2

    Had to throw in some math and programming language… lol

  3. qwazymonkey
    August 25, 2008 | 11:41 am

    McC: lost you after egg yolk equals gross.

    KM: In all trueness…double egg yolk’s not only gross but it’s an instant cardiac arrest, but u can Liyen’s egg yolk lotus ping pei. Did you try hunting at Jusco?

  4. Life for Beginners
    August 26, 2008 | 1:52 pm

    ALFM: I actually ended up at Midvalley after all, due to a change in lunch plans, and saw a bevy of hotels parading their stuff. Devil likes ‘em simple though. Ah well…

    McC: Only you can math food… Haiyo.

  5. Crystal
    August 26, 2008 | 11:59 pm

    thanks for posting those pics..the mooncake looks so delicious..i havent have that in long time..
    u r so dam

  6. qwazymonkey
    August 27, 2008 | 12:32 am

    KM: Hmmm you gotta head into JUSCO, not outside KFC. Jusco’s where the non-fancy old school bakeries operate while KFC’s area is mostly designated to the hoteliers and the other fancy outlets. Try Sg.Wang Plaza since you’re in town.

    Cystal: Hmmm don’t Chinese around the world serve/sell this delicacy? Try Chinatown or those Chinese restaurants. I’m pretty sure they make em there.

  7. Big Boys Oven
    August 28, 2008 | 3:18 am

    Did I hear someone mentioning about a pair of egg yolk! wow! must be tasty muahahahahhhaha…..
    Anyway do send us a box of mooncakes if you have any spares lol!
    p/s happy recovery!

  8. Life for Beginners
    August 29, 2008 | 4:11 am

    Aiya, no wonder lah! Nevermind, we picked up Mandarin Oriental’s fare from Isetan @ KLCC. I gotta say, they are small and expensive but I love their green tea snow skin mooncakes… Terrific! A dark taste I adore…

  9. qwazymonkey
    September 1, 2008 | 10:33 am

    BBO: thanks for well wishes. How about u guys bake a box for us le?