With the Mid-Autumn Festival just slightly over a month away, it is perhaps time to look around and indulge in the exquisite selection of mooncakes presented by bakeries, restaurants and hotels this year! In addition to its exquisite offering of traditional baked and snowskin mooncakes, Man Fu Yuan is proud to introduce an exclusive new flavour that goes back to its Peranakan roots.
Special this year is the restaurant’s partnership with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts to produce the elegant calligraphic artwork found on its mooncake packaging. NAFA Design student Ng Chee Yin’s artwork was selected from over 100 entries. Chee Yin took a play on traditional Chinese folklore where legend has it that the mythical Jade Rabbit lives on the moon with Moon Goddess Chang Er, whose flight to the heavens after swallowing the elixir of immortality birthed the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Hence, he crafted the word “滿” (from the restaurant’s own name) and shaped it in the form of a rabbit, while subtly incorporating the moon’s circular structure. It symbolises reunions and as my own interpretation goes, the fullness and prosperity of the season.
The restaurant’s traditional baked mooncake collection comes in a selection of Assorted Nuts; White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts; Red Bean Paste with Melon Seeds; and Single Yolk or Double Yolk varieties.
A Presentation of 4 Mooncakes
My favourite from the collection goes to the Traditional Mooncake with Assorted Nuts (Box of 4 at $49.80). While the Single Yolk and Double Yolk varieties are always popular, I was particularly enchanted by the textural combination and tender sweetness from the Assorted Nuts selection. The nuts give more bite, and the earthy grounded flavour lightens the sweetness of the mooncake to a very delightful tone.
White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Macadamia Nuts (Box of 4 at $50.80)
Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Double Yolk (Box of 4 at $54.80)
The Snowskin selection this year features a combination box of Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine; Pulot Hitam; White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts; Seasame Paste with White Sesame Seeds. The combination box of 4 snowskin mooncakes is retailing at $53.80. Also available is the local favourite Snowskin “Mao Shan Wang” Durian Mooncake with Coconut (Box of 4 at $54.80)
The thumbs up goes to the Green Tea Paste with Dragonball Jasmine for its light, almost buttery texture in hints of floral that blend nicely with notes of matcha.
A visual delight is also the White Lotus Seed Paste with Macadamia Nuts that when sliced whilst chilled, almost gives an impression of an exotic ‘jade’ piece ready to be savoured.
I was quite indifferent with the restaurant’s new selection of Pulot Hitam. The idea of black glutinous rice pudding shaped in the form of a mooncake is certainly novel, but I am uncertain over the overall texture and pairing with the snowskin. I enjoyed the fillings, but the visual impression of the mooncake when sliced open is a tad too messy for my liking. There’s just something about a smooth, glossy interior that simply makes my day.
The Sesame Paste with White Sesame Seeds is also quite unique in its deep, earthen texture, with highlights of smooth yet rough notes here and there. The fragrance of sesame is always a joy, and gives a sweetness that is subtly smoky but delectable.
The mooncakes from Man Fu Yuan can be purchased both online and at the booth from now till 17th and 19th September respectively. Furthermore, there is a special promotion for an exclusive 30% discount if you purchase online via their facebook page. Mooncakes can also be purchased at Tea Hut (entrance of InterContinental Singapore), Bishan Junction 8, IMM, Jcube, NEX, VivoCity, Change Alley, Century Square, AMK Hub, Square 2, Takshimaya Square and the Alexandra Retail Centre. For enquiries, please call 6820 8519 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
This is the first in a special series of Mooncake articles. For all my Muslim readers out there, Selemat Hari Raya. For all Singaporeans, a Happy National Day!
Thank you InterContinental Singapore for the mooncakes.