Darling, look at the moon…

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…

Full Moon

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

Marina Square

Singapore 039594

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.

IMG_0145 Be a  “Moonie”! Eat Mooncakes! 🙂

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.

New Flavours

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.

IMG_0147 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.

Generic Discounts

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.

 Retail Booths

·  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

Singapore 228211

Tel : +65 6738 1234

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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