(Mid-Autumn Festival 2014) Peony Jade Restaurant.

What I am really impressed about Peony Jade Restaurant‘s mooncakes is its dedication to sheer quality and excellence. Yes you have all the flavours around, but I am sold to one of the establishment’s selling point – the mooncakes are made fresh daily, with absolutely no artificial flavourings, stabilisers and preservatives. Of course, that would mean that you have to savour the mooncakes within days, but hey, it’s worth it. This year, besides the award-winning signatures like Flaky Teochew ‘Orh Ni’ Mooncake with Premium Fragrant Golden Pumpkin & Single Egg Yolk and Top Grade Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake in Organic Pandan Snowskin, Peony Jade has in store five new flavours this Mid-Autumn Festival.

Peony Jade New Mooncake Flavours.

Peony Jade New Mooncake Flavours.

Pictured above are four of the five new flavours this season. The purplish Mini Snowskin Teochew Orh-Ni Pumpkin with Coconut Truffle Mooncake ($62/8 pieces) makes it as one of my favourites amongst the colourful platter. The crowd-pleasing yam paste is made exciting with the presence of the melt-in-your-mouth coconut truffle. It’s a combination I’ve never tried before, but fell in love with upon the first bite. It wasn’t too sweet, and the even consistency of the texture of the coconut truffle was easy on the palate. Another of my favourite has to be, no prizes for guessing it right, the brownish-golden Mini Snowskin (BanoChoc) Chocolate Salted Caramel Glaze Banana and Walnuts Mooncake ($49/8 pieces). The beauty is a pairing of bitter dark Valrhona chocolate and sweet Del Monte banana, and party-crashers salted caramel and crunchy walnuts, giving the bite a more wholesome one. If you are a huge fan of sweet and savoury like myself, you are bound to fall in love with this.

Peony Jade Mooncakes.

Peony Jade Mooncakes.

And then there is the whitish Mini Snowskin Silver Lotus Paste with “Gui-Hua” Cassia Flowers and Melon Seeds Mooncake ($58/8 pieces), a traditional lotus paste base with floral scent and seeds scattered to break the monotonous of the norm, and the yellowish-pink Mini Snowskin Fragrant Honey Williams Pears, Organic Apricot and Raspberry Mooncake ($49/8 pieces), a mooncake with a slightly uncommon tangy flavour. The former was too light, and the latter, being tangy, was not exactly to my preference of mooncake.

The other new flavour is the coveted “Limited Edition” BlackThorn Durian Nyonya Mooncake in Coconut Mini Snowskin ($76/8 pieces).

Baked Prosperous Piglets with Silver Lotus Paste, Macadamia Nuts and Single Yolk :: $36/2 pieces, $65/4 pieces.

Baked Prosperous Piglets with Silver Lotus Paste, Macadamia Nuts and Single Yolk :: $36/2 pieces, $65/4 pieces.

Baked Prosperous Piglets with Silver Lotus Paste, Macadamia Nuts and Single Yolk ($36/2 pieces, $65/4 pieces) :: Besides the ‘astray’ mooncakes flavours, Peony Jade couldn’t have left out the more traditional ones. These cute little piglets (they aren’t that small and aren’t all that piglet, in fact) have the lotus paste packed to the brim, making the piglets look really greedy and plump. I would say that this is about the size of an ordinary traditional mooncake, just made prettier and more appealing. While it is very wholesome, I thought it is on the pricey side.

What’s worth paying for:
Mini Snowskin Teochew Orh-Ni Pumpkin with Coconut Truffle Mooncake.
Mini Snowskin (BanoChoc) Chocolate Salted Caramel Glaze Banana and Walnuts Mooncake.

15 July – 28 August 2014: Online at pjmooncakes.com / peonyjade.com.
15 July – 8 September 2014: Peony Jade Restaurants

Photos by Kathleen.
Address: (Clarke Quay Outlet) Block 3A Clarke Quay #02-02 (Keppel Club Outlet) Bukit Chermin Road, Level M Keppel Club
Telephone: 6659 4159 / 6659 4918 / 6659 4161
This was a media product tasting.

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