Mooncakes with a message

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WAH YEE TANG CAKE SHOP

The suave and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM hears of…

MOONCAKES with a message. In this case they are mesages of protest with the Chinese words saying: ‘Press on together” and “No withdrawl, no dispersal”. They refer to the ongoing Hong Kong protests against the Extradition bill…The mooncakes started selling on 8 July, 2019. Naomi Suen, owner of 35 year old Wah Yee Tang Cake Shop in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong said the “Protest Mooncakes” are sold out every day! Wow!

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Wah Yee Tang Cake Shop

27 Queen’s Road West 
Sheung Wan 
Central & Western District

Hong Kong Island

HongKong

Tel: 2850 5992

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The Butcher’s Kitchen for Carnivores

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MUNCHES on comfort food in The Butcher’s Kitchen in Suntec City. Before it was The Butcher’s Kitchen it was an Italian ristorante. Now, carnivores whose passion is meat like beef steaks, chicken, lamb, pork ribs and more, come here to enjoy a hearty meaty meal. Basically it is “Comfort Food” for the family!

The 150 days Grain Fed Sirloin and Ribeye are good as well as Lamb Rack and Cumberland English Style Sausages. There are Burgers too like Cowboy Kimchi Burger…Yes, you guessed it! It has Kimchi and Caramelized Onions.

Beef Tenderloin Dice with Mushroom Sauce and Sunny Side Up Egg

For dessert there is ice cream aka Gelati in the Italian style with many chocolate concoctions for the chocoholics. Try Tiramisu and Black Forest Ice Cream…

Ice Cream and Walnut Cake. The missing chunk is because I ate some before I realised I had not taken the photo Wahahah! 🙂

The Butcher’s Kitchen

Suntec City Towers 1 & 2

North Wing, Level 2 #02-472

Tel: 9616 0111

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MARRIOTT’S Magical Mooncakes! 2019

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MARRIOTT Singapore to taste Marriott’s Mooncakes for 2019. There are splendid suprises in store like a special ham from France, lavender and raspberries too. Marriott’s Mooncakes are always lovingly hand-crafted piece by piece. Arguably, the BEST Mooncakes in sunny Singapore! Cheerful Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong and his team brainstorms to come up with new and thrilling flavours for the Mid Autumn Festival every year. Marriott’s new Food & Beverage Director, Owen Cooper, is also very innovative when it comes to new trends in Food & Beverage.

According to legend, the beautiful Moon Goddess Chang-O lives on the moon with her faithful companion, a cute white jade rabbit. Legend notwithstanding, Mooncakes have never been more popular. Only in Singapore are there so many creative and innovative flavours each year. In Hong Kong, the traditional Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncakes are more popular. For corporate gifts, Baked Mooncakes are de rigeur and in the past, the more salted duck egg yolks the more prestigious. Now, due to health concerns, usually two salted duck egg yolks suffice.

The presentation box for the Mooncakes this year is also very special. It is a two tier Chinese cabinet with auspicious floral motifs and sparrows that symbolize joy. It can be reused to keep your knick-knacks and jewellery.

Special Mooncake Degustation

I was very honoured to do a special tasting of Marriott’s NEW hand crafted Mooncakes for 2019 with innovative Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong in Wan Hao. Wan Hao is the Singapore Marriott’s premier fine dining Cantonese restaurant.

The Travelling Gourmet TM and Executive Chinese Chef Brian Wong

Red Date Baked Mooncake with Bayonne Ham dusted with 24 karat GOLD!

Celebrated Bayonne Ham or Jambon de Bayonne is only produced in Bayonne in the Basque region of southwest France. It has a history of over a thousand years and was loved by the Kings of France. This superb ham that has IGP or Protected Geographical Indication, is in Marriott’s Red Date Baked Mooncake with Pistachio, White Sesame Seeds and Salted Egg. You will find that savoury Bayonne Ham dissolves on your palate to release its rich, smoky flavours. Well matched with the mellow sweetness of Red Dates or Jujubes that lingers on your taste buds…Healthy Red dates are full of Vitamin C and fibre! The recipe has reduced oil and reduced sugar while the special jade green pistachios are from the USA. Sweet and savoury flavours please your palate! In the Wan Hao Premium Gift Set, the mooncake is matched with a sweet dessert wine from France, Chateau Rieussec Cru Classe Sauternes 2015.

Golden Red Date Baked Mooncake with US Pistachios and Jamon de Bayonne

White Lotus Seed Paste Baked Mooncake with French Jambon de Bayonne, Lavender and Pistachio.

To make this mooncake, expensive fresh Lavender flowers were imported from France. Chef Brian explained, “Dehydrating and processing 1 kg of lavender produces only 400g of Lavender!” The golden brown crust covers a silky smooth fragant paste whose flavours harmoniously meld with the Bayonne Ham and Pistachios. I was pleased to find that the addictive fragrance and taste of Lavender lingers on in the aftertaste…Heavenly!

Raspberry Yoghurt Snowskin Mooncake with a Praline Centre

This mooncake has sweet and slight sour tangy flavours from the yoghurt which give is a unique taste profile/ The Praline centre is created with honey and Rosemary and some salted duck egg yolk. Due to Chef Brian’s expert combination of the ingredients it is not cloying at all. Yoghurt always goes very well with raspberries. You will be happy to learn that red raspberries have many health benefits. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that fights cancer. Quercetin, a flavanol in raspberries, also has cancer fighting properties. Powerful antioxidants that combat aging and heart disease are also plentiful in raspberries. Stay healthy eat more of this Raspberry Yoghurt mooncake!

Mocha Snowskin Mooncake with Rose Liquer Praline

This new flavour features Rose Liquer Praline. The Rose liquer from France is made with an infusion of rosebuds in alcohol. The praline has this lovely perfume of roses which is sure to appeal to ladies. The white lotus seed paste is infused with Mocha. A wonderful melange of luscious and unusual flavours to tease and pleasure your palate simultaneously.

The Pralne center has Rose Liquer from France

Wines and liquers go every well with Mooncakes. When I was the first gourmet in the world to match Marriott’s Mooncakes with Wines many years ago, I was amazed to discover how well they married together!

Marriott Magical Mooncakes will be vailable from 8 August to 13 September, 2019! Perfect for celebrating the Mid Autum Festival. The 15th Day of the 8th Lunar Month when the moon is full is 13 September 2019.

Historically, on July 20, 1969 it is the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. On that day in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the Moon. Neil Armstrong said it was, “It’s one small step for man…One Giant Leap For Mankind.”

Immortal words…like the Moon Goddess.

My personal motto is: Das Leben es ist unbestimmt, isst erst den Nachtisch!

which translates from the German to:

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!

Friends and food and wine lovers, Bon appetit! 🙂

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza

320 Orchard Road

Singapore 238865

Tel: 6735 5800

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Pan Pacific Mooncakes with a Heart

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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

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Mandarin Orchard’s Mooncakes

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MANDARIN Orchard’s Mooncakes for 2019!

The first day of the 8th Lunar month is 30 August 2019 and the 15th Day of the Mid Autumn Festival is 13 September 2019!

An exciting new 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 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 ham beloved of gourmets called Jamon Iberico? Well this flavoursome ham is in the Mooncake with Mixed Nuts, 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.

Azuki Beans!

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! 🙂

Low Sugar Pandan Paste with Cempedak Mooncake

Mandarin Orchard

333 Orchard Road

Singapore 238867

Tel:67374411

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Yummie Eastway at ANDAZ London

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MERRIE olde England and stays at the first ANDAZ in the world on Liverpool Street in London. The Andaz is one of my favourite hotels in London & I stayed here very soon after it first opened. The luxurious gothic 5 Star hotel is very well located. It is just minutes from Liverpool Street Rail and Tube station and is perfect for exploring the rejuvenated East End of London which includes Shoreditch and vibrant Spitalfields Market.

Eastway Brasserie for Dinner!

I went to try the food at Eastway…which has a very classy and cheerful decor. Comfortably enscounced at Table Number 1, I had a good view of bustling Liverpool street outside the art-deco brasserie. At the end of the restaurant the open kitchen lets the diners see all the action as the Chefs prepare the food enthusiastically. Executive Chef Sam Dunleavy who is is born and bred in London, loves to give a modern twist to classic dishes.

Happy Chefs in Eastway Brasserie

G & T aka Gin and Tonics!

My aperitif was the GINdependant Cocktail which the bartender enthusiastically shook up at the Bar. An aromatic cocktail with an uplifting medicinal aftertaste, it was concocted with Sipsmith London Dry Gin melded with Fresh Raspberries, Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic and Thyme. I chose it because I love Gin and also raspberries. Gin lovers, this is the place for you! The reason is that the Gin and Tonics here are made with exoticlly different Gins, like Audemus Pink Pepper Gin and Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin. All the Gins here have Juniper Berries. However, each Gin has different Botanicals and flavours.

For a very good overview of Eastway, the Degustation Menu is recommended. An Amuse-bouche to whet your appetite is Gin Cured Salamon Tartare laced with a tangy Lemon Tonic Gel, Avocado and Radish Medallions paired with a Spanish sparkling wine Cava Pere Ventura.

I must mention the effervescent and helpful Manager from Poland whose nickname is “Aga”. Aga is very good at recommendind and explaining the dishes and Gin cocktails with a happy smile.

The next dish featured Grilled Asparagus with Burrata, Peas, Radish, Crispy Croutons drizzled with fragrant Basil Oil. Nicely matched with a German Riesling redolent with petroleum notes by Knipser. Perfectly grilled, the asparagus still had a fresh crunch and the natural flavours were enhanced with the Basil Oil.

I love Asparagus! 🙂

The “Middle Course” of Pan Seared Scallops, Courgette (eggplant) Puree and Semi-Dried Tomatoes plus Pine Nut Jus was delectable! The scallops were well prepared being slightly rare in the middle. Yummie!

Andaz London

40, Liverpool Street

London EC2M 7QN

UK

Tel: +44 207 961 1234Tel:

To be continued…

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I like ROOTS BUT I prefer ravishing flowers and fruits above ground! RACINES

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The resourceful and remarkable Travelling Gourmet TM goes in search of Roots aka “racines” in French. Ou e mes amis? (In French: where, my friends?) The answer is in the…

MOSTconveniently located Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Wallich Street…

Ravishing RACINES!

As Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GOurmet TM, international Travel, Food and Wine Writer/Editor/Blogger/Vlogger/International Wine Judge, I know good food when I see, smell and savor it! Ravishing Racines (Racines means Roots in French) is one of my most favourite places for good food, to watch the sunrise and sunset and to chill out with good friends…Bear in mind that “Roots” here do not refer to the dirty, soil-encrusted roots of weeds, BUT the beautiful fruits, vegetables and flowers/fleurs and herbs that GROW from the dirty roots underground, verstehen sie! OK, so I am not known for being politically correct, capisch…WTH! French or Asian Kitchen the choice is yours to make! I like all! Have dishes from both kitchens for a melage of flavours and tastes Chef Edwin Seow is good! The Bread basket is superbe with Ciabatta, Baguette (what else?), Rye Brot, Olive Bread and more, all FRESHLYS baked daily…NO cancer causing palm oil margarine but the REAL deal…The Pastry Chef uses a very special BUTTER from France (where else) plus premium Extra Virgin Olive OIL and Balsamico di Modena from Italia (Si, where else mi amici?) Enjoy their sexy and voluptuous Grand Marnier Souffle and then sing “Je ne regrette rien!” 🙂 https://youtu.be/fZhSbhd9GKU

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