Pan Pacific Mooncakes with a Heart

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

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MOONCAKES with a heart from Pan Pacific Singapore. Their premier Chinese restaurant Hai Tien Lo presents 11 baked and snowskin Mooncakes for 2019. What is even more impressive is their collaboration with 2 artists, Selena Seow and Nurul Amirah Binte Zain. They are both alumni of Pathlight School Artist Development Programme and created the exquisitely beautiful limited edition Mooncake embossed 3-D effect metal gift box, mooncake carrier bag and special cloth tote bag.

Selena Seow’s enchanting “The Bird and the Blossom” 3-D visual on the metal gift box features the colourful White-Eared Sibia from the mountains of Taiwan. Nurul Amirah’s “Botanical” artwork on the side of the box, and on the limited EditionTote Bag and Mooncake Carrier boasts amazing patterns found in nature’s flora. The Tote Bag (#totesforARC) retails at $15. For every limited Edition Tote Bag $10 will be donated to Autism Resource Centre, which runs Pathlight School. For every Mooncake box, $1 will be donated to Autism Resource Centre Singapore. I must say that this initiative is truly heartwarming

Exquisite artwork by Selena Seow!

Fruity Snowskin Mooncakes!

The Snowskin Mooncakes feature many exotic fruity flavours like light and zesty Coconut and Pineapple, Gianduja Dark Chocolate and Yuzu, Mao Shan Wang Durian, Earl Grey Tea and Cherry plus Passion Fruit and Mango! Most innovative! The Coconut and Pineapple Mooncake has juicy slivers of Pineapple inside but the Coconut taste is very subtle and subdued.

Pineapple and Coconut Snowskin Mooncake

I found the citrusy Oil of Bergamot flavour in the Earl Grey Tea melded with Chocolate pleasing but I would have liked little nuggets of Cherry in the Morello Cherry centre. The dark Araguani chocolate from Venezuela and Bahibe milk chocolate flavours were very good.

Earl Grey and Cherry Snowskin Mooncake

Gianduja and Yuzu Snowskin mooncake features decadent Gianduja chocolate which is a recipe from Piemonte in Italy. Gianduja has 70% chocolate and 30% hazelnut paste. A nice combination with zangy (zesty and tangy) Yuzu, a celebrated Japanese citrus fruit. I liked the mouthwatering flavours of the yuzu and the tiny crunchy bits of hazelnut!

Gianduja and zesty Yuzy

I had high hopes for the Passion Fruit and Mango Snowskin Mooncake but on tasting…the overall taste was rather bland. There was no pleasing tartness that we relish in Passion Fruit. The mango flavour was also subdued.

Low Sugar Baked Mooncakes

Baked Mooncakes with a healthy touch are White Lotus Seed Paste with crunchy Macadamia Nuts and Low Sugar JADE paste with Melon Seeds. Why is it called Jade Paste? The answer is because there is some Pandan mixed into the Lotus Paste. As for Queensland Nuts which is the original name for Macadamias, they are bursting with energising nutrients like vitamin A, iron, protein (two grams per serving), thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Plus they also contain small amounts of selenium (a potent antioxidant), calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium!

Mooncakes available at Pan Pacific from 1 July to 14 September 2019

Pan Pacific Singapore

7 Raffles Boulevard

Marina Square

Singapore 039595

Tel: 6336 8111

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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