Our team at Tampines 1 very excitedly organised a mooncake tasting session so that we can provide suggestions for our shoppers!
Oh wait…before we get into that, being the informative blog that we try to be :p, do you all know how mooncakes came about? There is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule facilitated by messages smuggled in mooncakes.
Mooncakes were used as a medium by the Ming revolutionaries in their espionage effort to secretly distribute letters to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China in the Yuan dynasty. The idea was to circulate a rumour that a deadly plaque was spreading and the only way to prevent it was to eat special mooncakes. This prompted the quick distribution of mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
We sound knowledgeable, don’t we? :p And before you start yawning, let’s move on to the best part – putting these mooncakes to the test!
We sampled different kinds of mooncakes from 5 stores at Tampines 1 and these are our recommendations.
I’m a salted egg yolk lover I admit. So imagine my excitement when I dug into these mooncakes! I love these mooncakes! They were of the right sweetness, texture and taste. The unique part was that their salted egg yolk was very generously spread in the middle of the mooncake like a paste, rather than the usual whole egg yolk. There were comments too that the salted egg yolk paste does taste a little processed and does not stick to the lotus seed paste well.
If you’re a fan of exotic tastes and like to try something out of the ordinary, you will like Bakerzin’s snow skin mooncakes. They have them in all sorts of flavours, from Valrhona Chocolate Pearl, Durian, Mung Bean Yam to their alcohol truffle series, Rum & Raisin, Whisky and more. We like it that they were not too sweet. The taste however was quite mild and not as strong as we would like it to be. We would prefer them to have a more defined taste.
Rive Gauche Patisserie B1-13
We were told there was no egg yolk for their mooncakes last year and their shoppers asked for it. To cater to their requests, they introduced a single egg yolk this year. This is what we call delighting customers! 🙂 What we like about their mooncakes was that there were macademia nuts in them (and lots of them!), and not the usual melon seeds. Though a little dry, we like the crunchy feel.
The Icing Room B1-K1
We love how adorable these little rabbit mooncakes look! These 4 new flavours were launched this year:
– Yuzu lemon truffle: Sour and tasted more like lemon cake
– Mango passion truffle: Very light mango fragrance
– Coffee chocolate: Coffee and chocolate lovers will adore this. We were told this was the most popular flavour with their shoppers.
– Raspberry lotus truffle: Very refreshing. Not too sweet.
Most of us really liked the Cranberry cream cheese flavour. You taste the sweetness of the lotus paste and when you bite into it further, the sour taste of cranberry slowly kicks in…a perfect mixture of sweet and sour flavour. As for the classic melon seed lotus, it was melon seeds galore.
Hong Kong Sheng Kee Dessert B1-K12
We absolutely love the green tea mooncake. There was a very nice fragrance to it. We can taste the yam flavour immediately as it was strong. The density of the yam paste made the flavour more intense and it was also very smooth. Yam tends to be a little sweet but this one was not. The chocolate one tasted more like a chocolate cake and the texture of the classic lotus seed paste one was soft and smooth.
You either love this one or hate it. And we LOVE it! Now you know there are a lot of durian lovers at Tampines 1.
We were brimming with delight as we savoured the luscious, creamy durian filling enveloped in a delectable snow skin. The smell was simply irresistable for any durian lover. We were told that for durian snow skin mooncakes, we would need to put them in the fridge within one hour of purchasing it to maintain its quality. We had to try this one last so as not to overwhelm our taste buds! :p
Besides the quality and taste of the mooncakes, what we also noticed was that the mooncakes came in very pretty and fancy packaging. Makes for very lovely gifts to family and friends!
Some people like traditional mooncakes, while others prefer snow skin mooncakes. No matter what is your preference, I hope you are enjoying them with your loved ones. Have a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
Love, Tampines 1