Year by year, not only are restaurants and hotels upping their game in terms of mooncakes and its flavours, the boxes and packages encasing these mooncakes are also viewed as vital and just as important as the mooncakes, simply because first impression counts. Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant @ Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel has similarly gone through countless tweaks and changes to reach the end product of a red treasure chest as photographed above, hot-stamped with golden peonies to symbolise riches, prosperity and romance. The outstanding colours of gold and red naturally gives a touch of elegance and luxury, important especially when gifting to impress.
If I have to choose between baked and snowskin mooncakes, I would definitely opt for the latter. This year, the hotel has created two new flavours and three mainstays. The new flavours include the Sour Plum with Portuguese Custard Paste and Lime Puree ($60/8pieces), which I find too sour and eccentric for a mooncake, and the SG50-inspired Teh Tarik with Chocolate Pearls ($60/8pieces), one that I find closer to heart and more acceptable as a mooncake filling. My only gripe is that it was a little too sweet, otherwise the teh tarik + chocolate marriage was pretty ingenious.
Other classic favourites include Sencha Green Tea with Japanese Red Bean ($62/8pieces) – I really like quite this; the green tea flavour was really intense, White Lotus Seed Paste with Egg Yolk ($60/8pieces) and Pure ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Top Grade Durian ($66/8pieces).
New to the library of traditional baked Marriott mooncakes are the Black Truffle, Roasted Chestnut, Waxed Duck and Single Yolk with White Lotus Seed Paste ($78/4pieces) and Jalapeno and Chicken Bak-Kwah with White Lotus Seed Paste ($62/4pieces). The former’s gold-dusted black charcoal baked mooncake skin promises to impress your sense of sight, and the ingredients your sense of taste with a well-balanced of sweet and savoury blend. Don’t expect a strong black truffle taste though, as it was toned down on purpose so as not to overpower the rest of the flavours. When I was asked if I like the new creations this year, my answer was an undecided one, skewed more towards the no side. But as I progressed through the box of mooncakes, they started to grow on me and I find the hint of spiciness in the Jalapeno mooncake especially addictive, although very acquired I agree.
A perennial favourite, the White Lotus Seed Paste with Chicken Bak-Kwah and Assorted Nuts Baked Mooncake ($63/4pieces), on the contrary, was not to my liking. I still like some of my white lotus seed paste visible and present in a bite. Other baked mooncakes include White Lotus Seed Paste with Pine Nuts / Macadamia Nuts / Single Yolk / Double Yolk ($60 – $68/4pieces).
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 320 Orchard Road, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865
Telephone: 6831 4708 (for enquiries and orders)
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