Moon River, wider than a mile…

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The implacable and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about…

MANCINI…Henry Mancini’s song “Moon River” which became a classic love song after Audrey Hepburn starred in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. To this very day, I know many ladies who want to look like Audrey Hepburn in the movie and they simply love that movie…but I digress…Now is the Mooncake Festival season and I want to let you know about the Mooncakes from the Pan Pacific Hotel in Marina Square. Their fine dining Chinese restaurant called Hai Tien Lo boasts spectacular views and some exciting NEW Mooncake flavours this year by Chef Lai Tong Ping:

Green Tea Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk Baked Mooncake

Green Tea has beneficial anti-cancer effects. In fact, Japanese Doctors treat their Cancer patients with doses of Matcha or Green Tea! This Mooncake is very harmonious with the fragrant Green Tea melding with the baked pastry skin and the savoury taste of the Duck Egg Yolk. I matched this with some wine…Franciacorta Bellavista Meravigioso which is a premium sparkling wine form Erbusco in Lombardia, Italy. They went hand in glove with the tea flavours stimulating the taste buds to appreciate the lemony baked biscuit flavours of the sparkling wine. in the old days had harems of beautiful ladies and thus as thet got older, they required an Aphrodisiac n’est pas? My gentle advice, no offence but enjoy this Mooncake in small portions because it might make you too excited if you consume too much! I matched this with a glass of one of my favoourite wines…largely unknown to ignorant”label drinkers”. It is Chateau de Potiron Cuvee Excellence 2010. A lovely, elegant wine of character and finesse with flavours of red berries, a long length and much more. If it were a woman, it would be Audrey Hepburn, mysterious, alluring…and always appealing with a unique style that is timeless! It is also excellent with premium The (tea) Vert GUNPOWDER Green Tea by Dammann Freres. It is a no-brainer really…Green Tea Mooncake is clearly compatible with Green Tea, nicht wahr! Whoever disputes this is clearly an imbecile.

Black Sesame with Single Yolk Baked Mooncake

From my extensive travels in the Middle East, I learned that the Arabs love Black Sesame…Why! Simply because Black Sesame mixed with Honey has potent Aphrodisiac effects! The Sultans of days of yore for example in Granada in Spain, had harems full of beautiful ladies…As the Sultans grew old, they needed some Aphrodisiacs…they did not have Viagra in those days Wahahaah! Black Sesame has a unique flavour profile with a nuttiness typical of most seeds. Its perfume is also very pleasing, almost like Truffle in its appeal and intensity. That is why Sesame Oil is the secret ingredient of many Cantonese Chefs in their stir-fried dishes. I liked this Mooncake with one of my favourite wines…Chateau de Potiron Cuvee Excellence 2010. A complex, well balanced wine with lovely Frutti di Bosco (berries of the forest) and hints of musk and sweet oak notes, this wine is largely unknown to ignorant “Label Drinkers”. If it were a woman, it may be Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, always alluring, enigmatic and mysterious…never run of the mill. Mooncakes are always romantic, n’est pas… ❤

A Poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

The light of the Full Moon dances on the river,

shards of light ripple in the mysterious water

All is calm

All is tranquil

bathed in the light of the silvery Moon…





Pan Pacific Singapore

7 Raffles Boulevard

Singapore 039595

Tel: 65 6336 8111

Member of the Global Hotel Alliance

As a gift for family and friends and business associates, the auspicious red and maroon coloured box of Traditional Four Treasures Mooncakes is ideal. Also reusable when the Mooncakes are consumed,  for costume jewellery or even knick-knacks, its shape evokes the round shape of the FULL Moon…

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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