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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
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.
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.
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!
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
Tel: 6336 8111