MID-AUTUMN TANTALIZING DELIGHTS
“The only thing sweeter than union is reunion.” – Kathleen McGowan
Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up on 24 September this year. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month which offers up the biggest, brightest full moon of the year. In this joyous occasion, this is a time for family reunions, moon cakes and lantern parades for children. Mooncakes are the official Mid-Autumn Festival holiday treat. They are round (in Chinese, this sounds like reunion) and it reflects the shape of the moon; the decoration and fillings range from simple to elaborate. Let’s dig into some exquisite mooncakes that are available here at Compass One.
Traditional mooncakes have a thin pastry skin surrounding a sweet, dense lotus seed paste filling. Often there is a salted egg yolk in the center, again symbolizing the full moon. Mooncakes are always embossed with a symbol, good luck any some other wishful sentiment. This year, Bengawan Solo (#B1-28) packaged their premium mooncakes in an all new elegant floral tin. They are offering Pure Lotus Seed Paste with Double yolk at $42.00 for a box of 4, while a box of 4 Vegetarian mooncakes are available at $36.00.
Fancy a molten salted egg yolk, which is still the craze amongst Singaporean? Canton Paradise (#03-14) introduces an exclusive new mini baked Custard Collection. These mooncakes are brushed with real, edible gold dust for a touch of elegance. Take your pick from one of the two available flavors – Mini Baked Custard with Molten Salted Egg Yolk or Mini Baked Custard with Pork Floss. The pork floss version is a unique savoury and sweet combination, with cashew nut bits for added crunch. A box of 8 pieces is retailing at $56.00; and Citibank and Maybank Credit or Debit Cardmembers and PGR members can enjoy 15% off.
The Pine Garden (#B1-39) practices the traditional method of using traditional wooden molds, and kneading and knocking mooncakes by hand in order to extricate its natural flavor. Try their new creation of Baked Skin Pandan Jade Coconut Dodol at $15.00 per piece. A beautiful jade-green pandan paste jazzed up with a sticky-chewy Coconut Dodol, made from coconut milk, jaggery, and rice flour. Or enjoy their classic favourite of Snow Skin Lychee Martini White Lotus Paste with lychees soaked in Martini; A divine classic! Each piece at $17.00. Enjoy early bird discount of 15%, valid till 5 September 2018.
The name “snow skin mooncake” refers to the original cake’s translucent appearance, which made it appear as white as snow. The skin gives a “cooling” effect in the mouth and is made without baking. Looking for new flavours of mooncakes to savour? Presenting Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert (#B1-47) signature collection flavors like White Lotus Snow Skin with Yolky Custard, White Lotus Snow Skin with Salted Yam Truffle and White Lotus Snow Skin with Osmanthus Truffle. Be delighted with the limited edition Whuite Lotus Snow Skin with Champagne Truffle – a smooth white lotus paste centered with light champagne flavored truffle, only available in their Champagne Collection. Both Signature and Champagne collection is retailing at $22.80, for a box of 6.
It’s fun to get a little fancy now and then, isn’t it? Break from the normal norm and dig into these misty ice cream mooncakes from Swensen’s (#B1-16). This tasty treat has always been a favourite; Wrapped in a unique pastry skin. Ranging from the signature Sticky Chewy Chocolate, as well as new creations, Sedap Chempedak, Feel Good Passionfruit, Wild Floral Honey Crumble, Salted Butterscotch Crumble, and Mao Shan Wang. Indulge in the new Wild Floral Honey Crumble that promises to flutter hearts and tummies all around with its delicate floral notes. Adding texture and crunch to this sweet, creamy delight are bits of cookie crumble. Indeed, a wonderful after-meal dessert! Mix and match a box of 4 flavours at only $39.80, or get to walk away with a single piece at $10.90.