MARRIOTT’S Marvellous MOONCAKES!

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Friday, 12 June, 2015

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The audacious and irreverent Travelling Gourmet TM goes to taste…

MOONCAKES from the Marriott Hotel in Singapore. Every year, the creative Chefs of the Marriott, and in particular their fine dining Cantonese Restaurant Wan Hao, come up with the most amazing Mooncakes! In 2003 I was the very first gourmet in the world to match Mooncakes with wines at the Marriott. In 2004, I was the first gourmet in the world to match Durian with wines at the Marriott so every year I always look forward to their new Mooncake creations!

This year there are FOUR new flavours. At a special tasting in Wan Hao with the trim and fit Dieter Ruckenbauer, the Marriott’s Resident Manager, I found the new flavours to be very intriguing and inspiring…

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The Travelling Gourmet TM with Dieter Ruckenbauer

Teh Tarik (literally translated from the Malay it means “pulled Tea”) Snowskin Mooncake

The colour is a deep chocolate brown. the filling has a gooey, sticky mouthfeel. On the palate the sweet and fragrant tastes of caramel and tea and coalesce to give a pleasing taste sensation. Then you crunch on something! There are little cute nuggets of crunchy Milk Chocolate inside which give a nice texture to this Mooncake. This Mooncake will appeal to local tastes especially those who love Teh Tarik!

Sng Buay (Preserved Plum) Snowskin Mooncake

A lovely pink colour made me think it was a Raspberry or Cranberry  Mooncake. I have made Snowskin Mooncake with Lotus Seed Paste and Cranberries before. “Taste it and tell me what it is…” chuckled Dieter. I tasted the mooncake and slightly sweet and sour and savoury flavours assailed my tastebuds… There was brunoise of little pieces of dried fruit inside the lotus seed paste. I recognised the flavours of Sng Buay or Preserved Plum which is a very popular tit bit that is also used in Teochew Chinese cuisine to add flavour to steamed fish like Grouper or Soon Hock. I really liked the palate cleansing flavours and this dessert Mooncake has a very slightly spicy peppery long finish. The flavours linger for a long time on your palate a like fine wine. Perfect with Canada’s Inniskillin Ice Wine or Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria from Sicily.

Baked Mooncake with Lotus Seed Paste and Chicken “Lap Cheong”

Appearance wise it looks like the classic traditional Mooncake with a golden brown pastry crust. Inside…the Lotus Seed Paste is spiked with brunoise of Chicken “Lap Cheong”. Normally Lap Cheong or Chinese sausage is made with minced Pork. However, to serve a pork free Mooncake, the Marriott has used chicken to make the Lap Cheong. Amazingly, the taste profile is very close to pork Lap Cheong. Sweet and savoury flavours delight! This is a very tasty Mooncake for the traditionalists who prefer baked skin to snowskin! Dieter explained, ” I tried some made with Parma ham and it was very good! However to keep in line with our pork free policy…”

Piece de resistence…

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The most avant garde and unusual Mooncake ever is the Black Truffle Mooncake. It has Black Truffle the King of Fungi in it! There are also tasty morsels of Lap Ark or Waxed Duck inside the Lotus Seed paste. Please be aware that there is no overpowering aroma of Truffle caused by over zealous application of Truffle Oil. There is NO Truffle Oil in this Mooncake BUT there is a delightful subtly balanced flavor and aroma of Black Truffle. This will please discerning connoisseurs. The black pastry dusted with gold is most attractive and is made with charcoal powder. The two new baked Mooncake flavours are the creations of Dieter Ruckenbauer, who used to be a Chef himself. Please talkenote that Marriott’s Mooncakes are all hand crafted in house and not from a factory in Johor. No two Mooncakes are exactly the same. These are made in the good old Artisanal way which is very labour intensive. I am sure other hotels will start following this trend  of using exotic ingredients like Truffle.. What will be next??? Oscietra Caviar, Currywurst or Foie Gras perhaps??? The world of food and wine is always full of new and wonderful temptations to discover! EXCITING!

I must also mention the Marriott’s fine dining Cantonese restaurant, Wan Hao. The food and Tim Sum served here is absolutely fabulous! The specialities like the Xiao Loong Pau and the Peking Duck and the Roast Chicken with Crispy Skin are to rob a bank for!

Be adventurous and daring in your food tasting and…remember The Travelling Gourmet’s motto: Das Leben, es ist unbestimmt, isst erst den Nachtisch! It means: Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!

Marriott Hotel Singapore

320 Orchard Road

Singapore 238845

Tel: 65 6735 5800

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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 cusines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." 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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2 Responses to MARRIOTT’S Marvellous MOONCAKES!

  1. Thank you George Arthur 98! 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on The Travelling Gourmet and commented:

    Marriott’s Magnificent MOONCAKES by Dr. Michael lIm The Travelling Gourmet TM.
    Mooncake season is soon upon us! Now the 7th Month of the Huungry Ghosties is here and after that is the 8th Lunar Month of yummie Mooncakes! I like the freshly made Marriott Mooncakes which are all made by hand in house unlike others made in Johor…The also use only the finest ingredients! Guten Appetit! 🙂

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