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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling GOurmet TM tells you about…
MANDARIN Orchard’s Mooncakes for 2020!
The 15th Day of of the 8th Lunar Month for the Mid Autumn Festival is 1 October 2020! This year Mandarin Orchard are keeping to their classic flavours from last year.
The flavour which I like is the Low Sugar Pandan Paste Mooncake with little chewy morsels of the exotic Cempedak jungle fruit. Cempedak is a cousin of the Jackfruit aka Nangka which is another tasty tropical fruit not found in Europe. The Pandan flavour is not overpowering and due to the healthy low sugar option, eating this is not cloying at all. The deep emerald green Pandan paste contrasts with the cute little pieces of yellow Cempedak. Very nice combined with a crisp Austrian Gruner Veltliner white wine. With more and more health conscious people, low sugar is a good idea!
Jamon Iberico from Spain!
Have you heard of the special ham beloved of gourmets called Jamon Iberico? It is a Spanish delicacy. Well this flavoursome ham is in the Mooncake with Mixed Nuts. I really relish the taste and texture of Mixed Nuts Mooncakes. Nuts like Almonds are very healthy and boost your good cholesterol by up to 30%! It is true. The flavour profile is SAS – Sweet And Savoury.
Vegetarians will be delighted by the Japanese inspired Baked Mooncake with Red Azuki Bean Paste. Azuki Beans are much beloved of the Japanese. Pine Nuts add a healthy crunchy touch to this innovative Mooncake.
The Charcoal Baked Mooncake with Mixed Nuts and Yuzu is palate pleaser with an unusual citrus aftertaste from the Yuzu. Yuzu always has that most distinctive lemony, tangy flavour!
I also found the cute Limited Edition Piglet Shaped Mooncake with a combination of Low Sugar White Lotus Paste and Azuki Red Bean Paste most appealing.
The Travelling GOurmet TM always says: Keep calm and carry on Eating!
333 Orchard Road