01 October 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival

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Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) also known as the Moon Cake Festival or Chinese Lantern was created to coincide with the time of year where the moon is at its fullest and roundest - 5th day of the 8th lunar month, which this year falls on 30th September. The roundness of the moon symbolises unending family unity.

Parent will bring the little ones to lantern-toting or Families to take a stroll at Chinatown to see beautiful giant lantern displays in various shapes and sizes and watch performances. While some spent time with family members to enjoy tea with scrumptious mooncakes (thick pastry dough filled with traditional flavours like lotus and egg yolk or exotic varieties like durian, ice-cream and liquor).

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This year, I had my first ice cream mooncake at Häagen-Dazs with Melissa and Hazel during a tasting.

Thereafter, I receive a box of snowskin mooncake from 2am Dessert Bar, a gift from Flame Tree.

Snow Skin mooncake from 2am Dessert Bar
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Presented in a elegant white box, pretty and divinely tasty.
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I am usually not fond of the snow skin mooncake as they are sugar overloaded. But this was sheer delight.
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white - yuzu ganache, white chocolate
purple - crunchy praline paste and chocolate truffle, it has pop rock that will explode in your mouth.

With flavours like these, you can be sure you will finish the mooncake feeling just like the moon.

Then my company ordered 2 boxes of mooncakes for each of us, how sweet!

Traditional Mooncake from Marriott Singapore
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White Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolk
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My all time favourite is white lotus seed paste with double yolk. What's yours?
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Looking for traditional goodies with a naughty kick? Try the Lychee Martini Choco Truffle and Oolong Tea Snow skin mooncake from Mandarin Oriental's Cherry garden. I'm gotta get them next year!

Boggled by the array of flavours this season, whether it's durain mooncakes, wine-infused snowskin treats or an oven baked option, there is a perfect mid-autumn offering to satisfy every palate. Lantyern Enjoy the lovely full moon with family and friends. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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