Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM
All food photos are of real food with no photoshop
The intrepid and indomitable Travelling GourmetTM tells you about the…
MMMMM…MOST marvellous and gigantic Mooncake from Peach Blossoms restaurant in the Marina Mandarin Hotel Singapore. Ay! Yai! Yai! Caramba! First I was impressed with the size! Then the beautiful colour and aroma of the pastry made a very good impression and made my mouth water in anticipation of sinking my mighty molars into the King-Kong sized Mooncake… Many traditionalists actually prefer the old fashioned baked pastry Mooncake filed with lotus seed paste and salted duck egg yolks. Great as corporate gifts. As for the taste…it is simply very yummie! Ultra smooth lotus seed paste that is not overly sweet with the contrast of the slightly salty egg yolk, plus the texture of crunchy melon seeds on your eager palate is heavenly! The light pastry is not too thick but just nice. It is healthy too with reduced sugar! The amount of sugar is perfect. Sweet but not cloying. Just nice. Too much carbohydrate consumption makes us fat! This mighty Mooncake has 8 yolks for good fortune! Size does matter… 🙂
The 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month falls on Monday 8 September, 2014. That is when you will see the…
a poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM
Silver glimmers while the sun snoozes
The full moon appears in the charcoal dark night
Her glowing disk attracts the tide
Her silver rays tango with the sea as ocean waves collide
She comes to me almost every night
Bringing with her sweet shimmering dreams
But depart she must when the sun awakes
She floats in cool Beauty but cannot linger
Fear not for we’ll meet again
When the sun sets…She’ll be at my door 🙂
Marina Mandarin Hotel
Peach Blossoms Restaurant
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6845 1000
Meanwhile…at the Grand Hyatt Singapore you will find
HANDCRAFTED MOONCAKES for the Mooncake Festival
Grand Hyatt features two New Fresh And Fruity Snowskin Mooncakes in Singapore
Tastefully presented in a stylish gold-amber acrylic case and stamped with Grand Hyatt Singapore’s distinctive Chinese insignia, this year’s collection of mooncakes includes two refreshing new miniature snowskin mooncake flavours perfected by Hyatt’s pastry artisans: white lotus with rose truffle plus white lotus with passion fruit truffle. You can also create the perfect gift for family, friends or business associates by choosing from four traditional and nine snowskin mooncake flavours.
Each piece is handmade by Hyatt’s dedicated team of fourteen expert pastry chefs to maintain the quality and freshness of both the traditional and the snowskin mooncakes. The other hotel that makes their Mooncakes by hand is the Singapore Marriott. All mooncakes are 100% preservative-free, and do not contain pork or lard. Did you know that years ago, all traditional mooncakes were made with pork lard! This is no longer acceptable to consumers in the 21st Century.
White Lotus with Rose Truffle Snowskin Mooncake (contains alcohol)
Encased in this rosy hued snowskin mooncake is a delicate white lotus seed paste that envelopes an Ispahan rose truffle; infused with raspberries, raspberry liquor and the alluring scent of the Damansk rose. Other popular snowskin creations that incorporate alcohol include the ever popular lychee martini truffle inspired by the Martini Bar, and the elegant green tea with sake truffle.
The Rose Truffle has an exquisite scarlet red colour but I would have liked a more intense perfume of Rose. It is very yummie nonetheless! I adore this matched with Rooibos Vanilla Tea with Lavender Honey from Avignon.
Wenn Sie aufgeben zu trinken, rauchen und lieben, leben Sie bestimmt nicht laenger, erschienet nur laenger… 🙂
White Lotus Passion Fruit Truffle Snowskin (contains Grand Marnier Orange liquer)
In a cheery shade of orange, this new flavour presents itself as a refreshing twist with a zangy passion fruit ganache infused with Grand Marnier liquor within the white chocolate truffle. The Passion Fruit ganache has just the right touch of sour-sweetness and is a perfect complement to the Lotus Seed paste that is not overly sweet! I like this one a lot! Heavenly with a glass or two of 2008 Donnfugata Ben Rye Sicilian wine…
Indulge too in other snowskin varieties like caramel sea salt truffle and the avant-garde gold-dusted black sesame yuzu truffle.
For those who prefer traditional baked Mooncakes…
Baked to a luscious golden shade of brown, enjoy classic flavours of traditional mooncakes such as red lotus single yolk with roasted melon seed, white lotus double yolk with roasted melon seed, white lotus with roasted melon seed, and sesame lotus single yolk with bamboo ash.
The mooncakes are available for sale at the Grand Hyatt shop, and at Mezza9 from 4 August to 8 September (10:00am to 11:00pm). The Mooncakes are also on sale at the lobby shop located on the ground level from 11 August to 8 September (10:00am to 10:00pm).
Early Bird Purchase
For purchases from 4 to 20 August, 2014 Mooncake afficionados will enjoy 20% discount when paying with selected credit cards. Damai and Club at the Hyatt members enjoy 25% discount.
For purchases from 21 August to 8 September, enjoy 15% discount when paying with selected credit cards. Damai and Club at the Hyatt members enjoy 20% discount.
· Ngee Ann City – Level B2, Takashimaya Square (7 August – 8 September 2014)
· Chevron House – Ground Level, Change Alley (11 August – 8 September 2014: Mondays to Fridays only)
· Vivo City – Level 1, Atrium (19 August – 8 September 2014)
For further information please call the Grand Hyatt Singapore’s
retail hotline +65 6887 5492
Grand Hyatt Hotel Singapore
10 Scotts Road
Tel : +65 6738 1234