Sunday, October 04, 2009

Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes

It's the time of the year again - for MOONCAKES!

Well, nowadays the mooncake business is so commercialized that you find yourself being able to purchase mooncakes even 2 months before the festival itself. I even heard that the big mooncake boys only need to operate once a year to produce mooncakes and the rest of the year, they can go "shake legs" (literally). But I believe that's not the scenario today as many mooncake producers are mushrooming in the country excluded those who make them from home!

With such a comprehensive mooncake review from Masak-Masak, I couldn't hesitate in trying one of the mooncakes that caught my eye. It was the Moet & Chandon infused Snow Skin Lotus Paste with Egg Yolk from Li Yen (Chinese Restaurant) from Ritz Carlton KL.

M&C Snow Skin Lotus Paste with Egg Yolk (RM8.50)

Ultra small egg yolk!

If you think RM8.50 for the mooncake is cheap, wait till you hear the size of the mooncake. Measuring at only 1.5 inches in diameter, I think I can finish the mooncake in 2 bites! I'm sure there's only a quarter of a salted egg yolk in there! However, the taste fared quite well. The snow skin is soft and the lotus paste is smooth. Very tender and not too oily or too dry. IMHO, it's the right texture. Although you can't really taste the champagne, I would still buy it in the future.

Actually I'm not really a fan of mooncakes but I do eat them during the festival as a dessert after dinners. I've received numerous mooncakes this year from brands like KLT, Overseas, Tai Thong, San Ferri and.... but none of them caught my attention like the one below!

Snow Skin Mooncake that looked like a "pau"!!!

The awesome factor - DOUBLE egg yolks!!!

This special mooncake is given to me by one of my friends whom only eat this mooncake and none other. Every year, he would preorder his mooncakes early from this shop and have them sent down to his office via taxi. You can't find these mooncakes here because they only have it in Kampar.

The aroma of the snow skin is very fragrant. The texture of the snow skin is springy and thick and quite translucent. The lotus paste is in the right amount without overwhelming the whole mooncake because I tend to get very sick of mooncake after having a piece due to the overloaded lotus paste. But of course the winning factor is the combination of such a tasty mooncake with double (yes, double!) salted egg yolks which is by far the biggest among all egg yolks I've seen in those commercialised mooncakes!

There's Salted Egg Yolk in every bite!
Just the way I like it!

KAM LING Restaurant (Chicken Bread)
No.105 & 107, Jalan Idris,
31900 Kampar, Perak.
Tel: 05-4661174 / 016-5332226


Anonymous said...

is the moon cake festival the chinese valentine day? it can be.

in the western world, a large percentage of chocolate was sold during the valentine day. so are the moon cake manufacturers.

you can come up with the idea of moon cake chocolate.

suituapui said...

Nope...not into snow skin. I love the traditioanl skin + lotus paste + salted egg yolk (Ihe more the merrier! LOL!!!)...but didn't have any this year! Old pensioner can;t afford... Sob! Sob!!!

eiling lim said...

Anon: Actually the Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month in the chinese calendar. Autumn festival is a harvest festival and the 2nd most important holiday for China. There are many versions of Chocolate mooncake here but people still prefer the traditional ones.

STP: Ooh you like the baked ones. I like snow skin! Aiyoh you can always ask your missus to make some home made mooncakes!!

KY said...

the more egg yolk the better! :D

Anonymous said...

egg yolk = high cholesterol

eiling lim said...

KY: Yes!!!

ANon: I don't care! hahah

Anonymous said...

M&C is mild, lotus paste should overwhelm the taste and smell. Further, each mooncake has at most only one teaspoon of M&C.

k.t.x said...

snow skin rocks, but kampar mooncakes r really something, even my aunt in kampar makes the best mooncakes ever. and above all, kampar mooncakes inadvertently win hands down. i miss em.

eiling lim said...

Anon: i can understand why because you can't have too much liquid to make the snow skin and besides that, the M&C is also expensive and alcohol in general evaporates.

KTX: Yep. now I know!

Jem said...

looks nice. next year then, i'll go give them a try.

happy belated mid-autumn, dear.

eiling lim said...

Jeremy: Hey, yeah you should. Happy mid-autumn to you too!

foongpc said...

I don't quite like mooncakes with egg yolks. Better go eat eggs! Haha!

I am going to get the mini snow skin mooncakes from Shang Palace next year despite their ridiculous prices! Tasted so heavenly!

eiling lim said...

Foongpc: Next time you can leave all the salted eggs for me!

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