Traditional flavors coated with contemporary packaging. That is what you can expect from Thye Moh Chan‘s Mid-Autumn Festival collection. This iconic Teochew confectionery shop has been around longer than possibly your parents – 70 years. With their decades-old experience, they know just which part of your palate to tickle.
While these are more of the Tau Sar Piar rendition of mooncakes rather than your usual suspects of brown smooth skin mooncakes, they still carry the flavors you can find from the latter. They are all handcrafted, with light flaky pastry skin but heavy in flavors.
Unlike the ones you always have, these mooncakes are more vulnerable than ever. With every cut, the fully-packed fillings, together with its pastry skin would fall like it’s free. It can be a disaster separating them, but the fun comes when you try to savor every bit of it after you’ve had your portion. Well, you can also argue that it is thus, not ideal for sharing and have the whole piece for yourself.
It’s a love-hate relationship with yolks in mooncakes. If you’re a lover, you would further be put in a difficult position with a choice of Sweet / Salty Tau Sar with Single Salted Yolk. The savory one is my favorite amongst the selection. It’s just like being a fan of salted caramel – you’d get what I mean by having the best of both worlds – sweet and savory. It is so well-balanced you can almost taste both of them on an equal portion. The sweet rendition is topped with white sesame, while the savory one is blended with fried shallots and white sesame, seasoned with white pepper.
Its Double Delight is made with red bean paste + (winter melon + melon seeds + dried orange peel + white sesame + spring onions + glutinous rice flour) (note the mathematical way of using brackets). With the rojak flavors involved, I have to say it possesses the most acquired taste. But I like it because it’s unique and it’s more than just sweet or salted here. The Yuan Yang on the other hand, was more of a mooncake-next-door, bearing a safe option of savory mung bean paste with salted yolks and spicy pork floss.
Each box of 4 costs $24..80, and I’m glad it’s going an such an affordable price. You can have a game of mix-and-match, but I’d high suggest you have at least one Salty Tau Sar! A large, 1 piece of mooncake is also available at $22.80. Besides these flavors, Thye Moh Chan also offers Durian (D24 durian-infused bean paste) at $35.20 for 4 and Traditional Teochew Mooncake (maltose, white sesame, dried kumquat and five-spice powder) at $18 per pop.
Mooncake Festival (yes, heck, I still prefer calling it this way) is quickly arriving. For a little switch up, you should get yourself some Thye Moh Chan Mooncakes at Chinatown Point (6604 8858) / Parkway Parade (6344 8885) soon. The mooncakes are made in limited quantities, you are thus encouraged to get your orders in the soonest. Collection is until 15 September 2013.
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Special gratitude to Carlyn and the Sixth Sense team, and the Thye Moh Chan team for the product.
Photos by Kathleen.