Swoon over new mooncakes
CREATIVITY is alive and well in the food-and-beverage sector, and this is evident each year during the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations as hotels and restaurants roll out ever-wider varieties of mooncakes in a riot of flavours, colours, shapes and sizes.
Jade Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has come up with an exquisite mooncake box this year - a striking red set of four drawers with a golden plum blossom design.
Its latest creation is a green bean with sweet potato and white lotus seed paste mooncake ($58 or $71) wrapped in an orange snowskin that was inspired by the local dessert.
Also available are its popular white lotus seed paste with egg yolk snowskin mooncake ($60 or $71), and the pandan with gula melaka snowskin mooncake ($58 or $71).
They can also be purchased as part of the Fullerton Snowskin Treasures set ($59 or $71). If you're looking for something to give away, the Fullerton 15 Treasures Premium gift set ($189) - featuring a white lotus seed paste and eight-yolk mooncake surrounded by 14 mini baked mooncakes of assorted flavours - looks as impressive as it sounds.
The mooncakes are available at The Fullerton Cake Boutique at the lobby level of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore till Sept 27. For inquiries, call 6877-8943 or e-mail email@example.com
Celebrating its 20th anniversary with a commemorative box, InterContinental Singapore has captured many sides of the Bugis district facade, and the hotel's place within it.
The classy tin box features whimsical illustrations by local artist Jacqueline Goh, a graduate of Lasalle College of the Arts.
InterContinental Singapore's 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition ($105) includes its newest limited-edition baked maple-glazed Shanghai mooncake with single yolk.
Also new is its Snowskin Tea Collection ($66) featuring Earl Grey & Baileys truffle, Japanese matcha, oolong & black sesame, and rose & pistachio.
These mooncakes are available at Tin Hut, at the entrance of InterContinental Singapore from Bugis Junction, as well as nine other locations, until Sept 27. For inquiries, call 6820-8519 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SG50 may already be over, but that's not stopping Orchard Hotel's Hua Ting Restaurant from paying tribute to the nation this Mid-Autumn Festival with its new mooncake creations.
Its Millennium Mooncakes will be housed in limited-edition collectible tin boxes - shaped like a large book and decorated with pop-up Singapore icons - as a commemorative mooncake gift coupled with an SG50 keepsake.
Master chef Lap Fai and his team have come up with two new snowskin mooncake flavours for this year: a mini snowskin avocado with almond flakes ($9.50 per piece) and a Golden SG50 mini snowskin red/white twist ($9.50 per piece) which is made in the shape of the Merlion's head on top.
These red and white mooncakes come in a combination of red bean paste and salted green bean paste, and are sprinkled with popping candies to give them extra kick.
The Millennium Mooncakes will be available at the mooncake booth at the Orchard Hotel lobby till Sept 27, from noon to 8pm daily. To order, visit mcmooncake.millenniumhotels.com.sg
Haven't quite satisfied that durian craving yet? Then head over to Peony Jade Restaurant, because it takes its durian very seriously.
One of its new flavours this year is a premium farmed and pesticide-free "A" grade pure Mao Shan Wang durian mooncake in organic pandan snowskin, which is limited to only 500 boxes ($102 nett for four pieces).
For those who aren't fans of the durian's pungent aroma, there are three new fruity mini snowskin mooncake flavours: the Japan Kyoho grapes, peach-passion fruit-chocolate with champagne mousse centre and the chestnut-salted caramel ($76 nett for eight pieces).
Peony Jade's mooncakes are available at the two Peony Jade restaurants (Clarke Quay and Keppel Club) till Sept 27, as well as nine other locations across the island. For inquiries, call 6659-4159 or visit www.pjmooncakes.com
Who would've thought a Western celebrity restaurant would make mooncakes? But Joel Robuchon Restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa is doing just that, with chef Antonio Benites' selection of snowskin mooncakes being made in four unconventional flavours: raspberry with white lotus paste, salty caramel with white lotus paste, champagne with white lotus paste, and coconut with white lotus paste and passion fruit ($100++ per box of nine, pre-order necessary).
The Joel Robuchon mooncakes will be available from Sept 1 to 27, only at the restaurant, in limited quantities and only by pre-ordering at least three days in advance. For inquiries, call 6577-6688 or e-mail email@example.com
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