Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2010!
Happy mid-autumn festival! Will you be eating mooncakes tonight, perhaps with some Chinese tea? Or have you already overindulged and can't look another mooncake in the eye?
Yes, we reach surfeit pretty quickly with these calorie-dense treats. But I found Fullerton Hotel's mooncakes pretty easy on the palate. These black sesame and custard mini mooncakes are perfect for those who don't like it too sweet.
And even though I prefer baked mooncakes, I ended up liking their snowskin range even more. These are floral themed with unusual fillings. Such pretty pastel colours too. I was at first unsure how floral fragrances would translate to mooncakes, but these were thankfully very subtle and not overpowering.
Hibiscus strawberry snowskin mooncake - you can see tiny strands of hibiscus which taste a bit like rosehip without the acidity. The strawberry comes across very strongly, so it's a treat for those who like the fruit. It's rather sweet though.
Lavender macadamia green bean - this turned out to be my favourite. The crunchy macadamia pairs well with the ultra smooth green bean paste. The flavour combination is somehow comforting.
Rose red bean -well, I certainly prefer this kind of red bean compared to red bean paste. The combination didn't turn out as stellar as I thought it would be, but it's still unusual.
Osmanthus white lotus - my least favourite, which is surprising, because I normally adore white lotus paste. I love the colour but didn't quite take to the gritty texture.
Lots of mooncake boxes are amazing this year, I hear. Fullerton Hotel's is a long rectangular set of very sturdy drawers, each with a jade pendant as drawer pull. These remind me of the old Chinese medicine chests. Very reusable indeed.
They have a wider set of drawers for the baked mini mooncakes. All mooncakes are individually wrapped for freshness.
Thanks to Chloe Li of Fullerton Hotel for sending the mooncakes.
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