Monday, August 25, 2014

A Couple of Mooncakes to Savor This Season - Thai Village Mao Shan Wang Snowskin and Antoinette Lunar Macarons

Mooncakes are getting so boring these days, and the sole distinction among mooncake suppliers these days seems to be the packaging factor.

Most mooncakes either taste the same, or overload you with sugar overdose until you beg for mercy. And that's why I hardly eat them these days, save for a few exceptions.

Today, I would like to share with you two of these exceptions this year, and surprisingly they are both pretty excellent and worth checking out.

I normally shun snowskin mooncakes as I dislike the overpowering sweetness in the majority of these snowskins. What is more, they usually have this artificial, marzipan taste to the shell that really turns me off.

Thai Village Mao Shan Wang Snowskin

There has been a lot of mao shan wang snowkins in the past, but to date I have to say that this version from Thai Village Restaurants ranks among the best, if not, the best. It is made with 100 percent mao shan wang durian fillings and there is no preservatives or artificial flavorings at all.

The outer skin has a nice texture that is not too hard nor too chewy. The sweetness is perfect, and the durian fragrance is robust and addictive. Best eaten when it is icy cold, this is an utter joy to eat and goes best with a Chinese tea pairing to take away some of the sweetness.

Lunar Macarons

For something totally different, Antoinette outlets are also offering this limited edition of mooncake styled macarons during this season. Chef Pang has specifically conjured up this very unique and clever version of macarons using traditional lotus paste as the macaron filling.

Inserted inside each maraon is also a portion of a salted egg yolk and what you will end up with is something that looks like a classic macaron, but tastes like a classic mooncake. Very inventive and thoroughly appropriate. The savory egg yolk is also just enough to balance the sweetness and the end result is one of the best macarons that I have come across.

So, if you are wondering which mooncakes or mooncake related items to shop for in the coming weeks, you can't really go wrong with either of the above choices.

Available at all Thai Village Restaurants and Antoinette outlets.

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