The lore of Chinese festivals are traditionally rich in detail, and for the Mid-Autumn Festival it is no different. At the Grand Hyatt Singapore Mezza 9 restaurant, mooncakes for this festive season are packaged with the story of Chang Er. To relive the legend of possible epic proportions, 12 different varieties of mooncakes are made available this year!
Each box of mooncakes are packed in svelte maroon boxes. Simply and classy. Elegant!
The traditional baked selection this year come in shades of brown and black. The flavours are White Lotus with Roasted Melon Seed, White lotus Double Yolk with Roasted Melon Seed, Red Lotus Single Yolk with Roasted Melon Seed, and the outstanding Sesame Lotus Single Yolk with Bamboo Ash(Black mooncake).
I thought that the black mooncake was pretty unique since it was a baked delight. Fear not for it to be burnt as the flavours of bamboo ash are really more colour with a stunning presentation.
Slicing through the Red Lotus Single Yolk Mooncake, gaze at the orange centre and be mesmerized.
An excellent presentation with flavours of sweetness well balanced and lotus seeds to add texture.
The snowskin mooncakes are available in 8 different flavours this year. They are :
- Durian (Yellow)
- Custard with Salted Egg (Peach)
- Mung Bean with Coconut Truffle (Green)
- Black Sesame Yuzu Truffle (Black with what I suspect is Gold Powder)
- Sea Salt Caramel Truffle (Orange)
- Kopi ‘O’ Truffle (Brown)
- Champagne Truffle (Pink)
- Lychee Martini Truffle (White)
Mum posits by her tastebuds that the Champagne Truffle snowskin mooncake were really good as the balance in liqueur was nicely done with the sweet filling. The snowskin casings were smooth and easy to the bite, placing weighted emphasis to the goodness within.
I was half expecting the Custard with Salted Egg to be an almost Nai Huang Bao equivalent, and I can imagine biting into the snowskin revealing a burst of salty creamy liquid from within. I guess I was led on with the extremely soft feeling of this particular variety as compared to the rest which were firmer. Though it was not a burst of surprise, I was slightly startled when it tasted more sugar than salted egg. But that’s just a personal preference.
Still, out of all the mooncakes, the one that really takes the icing is the Black Sesame Yuzu Truffle. Something about its colour and shiny metallic gold powder touched on the top will make it a hot favourite for all. Flavour wise, the deepness of black sesame were robust with a sparkle of delight from the slightly citrus rich yuzu truffle. Excellent.
The traditional mooncakes are available starting from $56 a box for 4 pieces, while the snowskin mooncakes are all priced at $58 with 8 specific or assorted flavours. They are available at the Grand Hyatt Singapore Mezza 9 restaurant. Order hotline : 6887 5492
Many Thanks to Grand Hyatt Singapore for the mooncakes