MissTamChiak's Mooncake Guide 2013 (PLUS GIVEAWAY)
传说传说在过去，there were ten suns revolving and taking turns to illuminate the earth.One day,太阳突然一下子亮了起来。This made life on earth unbearable and almost everything was scorched and burnt.
Hou Yi,熟练的弓箭手，通过击落十个太阳中的九个来拯救世界。因此，he was crowned ruler of the people.Much to the dismay of the people,this hero soon became a tyrant.In order to enjoy longevity,he ordered for an elixir to be concocted.人们相信长生不老药能帮助他长生不老。His wife,Chang Er,担心他会活到暴政的地步，swallowed the elixir herself.
服用长生不老药后，Chang Er found herself flying towards the moon.人们很感激，他们设立了祭坛，为救世主提供月饼。这带来了中秋节，当月球被认为是最明亮和最圆的时候。Till today,this damsel of yore is still believed to be residing on the moon.It has since become a tradition for family and friends to gather and enjoy mooncakes while admiring the moon on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar every year.
再过一个月，我们又在庆祝中秋节了！It's a day where we enjoy mooncakes with our loved ones and buy them as gifts to show appreciation to our bosses,families and friends.Over the past few weeks,I am honoured to have received so many mooncakes from many hotels and restaurants.谢谢你的爱（也谢谢你梳头给我漂亮的头发）！I have tried all of them and painstakingly wrote this post while trying to keep my waistline the same.Hope it helps you to decide which mooncake to buy this year.所有的照片都是我拍的，with my beloved aunty assisting me during the photoshoots.So here's presenting to you,,MissTamChiak's Mooncake Guide 2013.
P/S Please read to the end as there is a GIVEAWAY for all of you!！
MUST TRY: Raspberry‐Rum and Chocolate Paste
Made using the finest ingredients,,Jiang Nan Cun传统的烘焙月饼以人们熟悉的最爱为特色，如双层蛋黄和瓜子的银莲酱，蜂蜜vwin备用和松子的银莲酱。Mooncake aficionados will also delight in the new varieties:Pandan and White Lotus Seed Paste with Melon SeedsandSilver Lotus Paste with Cassia Flowers,,乌龙茶瓜子.
吃甜食的人会喜欢用覆盆子朗姆酒和巧克力糊填满的月饼的独特风味，大玛尼尔巧克力酱，and Macadamia Nut Chocolate Royaltine Paste.
– Silver Lotus Paste with Cassia Flowers,Oolong Tea and Melon Seeds $58/4 pcs
– Macadamia Nut Chocolate Royaltine Paste $55/8 pcs
MUST TRY: Purple Sweet Potato with Single Yolk
最传统的潮州月饼，创建vwin备用的PUTIENfor the first time!It is crvwin备用eated by one of their staff,Madam Leong。She makes mooncakes at home every year and when she brought it to let the bosses try it last year,they were very impressed and decided to do it this year.
柔软的山药和紫色的甘薯馅是由零开始精心制作的，充满了香味。Crafted in a two-layered pastry shell,独特的糕点外壳确保每一口都有奢华的奶油稠度。
– Purple Sweet Potato with Single Yolk $55/4 pcs
MUST TRY: Mini Bamboo Ash Snowskin Mooncake with Premium Golden Phoenix Durian
This year,牡丹玉呈现四种新的诱人香味，,粉红番石榴配鳄梨和百香果月饼，超级浆果浆果月饼，奶油奶酪芒果月饼，and Salted Gula Melaka with Coconut and Valrhona Dark Chocolate Pearl Mooncake,金凤榴莲月饼又卷土重来了，that will satisfy and surprise the palates of the most curious of food fanatics.我很喜欢他们的加盐古拉美拉卡月饼，因为它借鉴了深受喜爱的土生土长的甜点，如萨戈古拉美拉卡，Pengat Pisangand Chendol.
如果你问我最爱什么，这绝对是他们的迷你竹灰雪皮月饼与黄金凤凰榴莲。Wins hands down!它以其天然甜而多肉的果肉包裹在柔软的竹炭粉皮中而闻名。They also have Top Grade Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake in Organic Pandan Snowskin.Another crowd-pleaser among the different generations is Peony Jade's signature flaky Teochew ‘orh ni' traditionally baked mooncakes for the past-running 5 years.
– Mini Salted Gula Melaka with Coconut and Valrhona Dark Chocolate Pearl Mooncake $48/8 pcs
– Original Ex-Crown Prince Flaky Teochew ‘Orh Ni' Mooncake with Double Egg Yolks $35/2 pcs,$62/4 pcs
This year,,InterContinental Singapore's屡获殊荣的招牌餐厅满富源与南洋美术学院合作举办了一场设计竞赛，并在月饼包装中展示了获奖的书法作品。vwin备用“满”的书法轮廓是兔子形状的，同时结合了月球的圆形结构，which symbolises reunion.
一个必须尝试的是满福元的"Pulot Hitam"月饼,filled with creamy centre of black glutinous rice pudding,which melts in the mouth with delicated snowskin wrap.Back by popular demand,“毛珊望“durian mooncake with coconut has a decadent blend of durian pulp and fragrant coconut milk.Man Fu Yuan's traditional mooncakes fvwin备用eature assorted nuts,white lotus seed paste with macadamia nuts,and red bean paste with melon seeds.
– Snowskin"毛珊望“durian mooncake with coconut $54.80/4pcs,$32.80/2pcs
– Snowskin Mooncake Combination (with pulot hitam,绿茶，白莲子，sesame paste) $53.80/4pcs
– Traditional Low Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk $54.80/4pcs,$32.80/2pcs
MUST TRY: Royal Milk Tea Snowskin Mooncake with Red Bean Paste and White Chocolate Champagne Truffle
Yan Ting's五个雪皮月饼是从第一口食物中散发出天堂气息的新产品。vwin备用Enjoy Pure"毛珊望“榴莲雪皮月饼，以诱人的香味令感官发痒。I love their purple sweet potato snowskin mooncake,with indulgent smooth sweet potato paste and bits of purple sweet potato within.
Another beautiful addition is theroyal milk tea snowskin mooncake with red bean paste and white chocolate champagne truffle– a splendid union of flavours.Berries lovers will like the Mixed berries snowskin mooncake with strawberry paste.Not forgetting the rousing fragrance from Green Tea snowskin mooncake with melon seeds.The mooncake collection is encased in an elegant packaging,which resembles an ornamental jewellery box.
– Royal Milk Tea Snowskin Mooncake with Red Bean Paste and White Chocolate Champagne Truffle $68.80/8 pcs
MUST TRY: Mixed Nuts with Iberico Ham
李杜以传统和创新相结合的方式庆祝中秋，因为它创造了三个新的传统烘焙月饼，没有人工香料或防腐剂。vwin备用A twist in the traditional Lotus paste,黑枣子，Longans and Wolfberries mooncake is wrapped within a baked crust promises a flavoursome trvwin备用eat whereas the fruits add a pleasant texture to the traditional Lotus paste in Mooncakes.
For the Green Tea lovers,look out for the nutrient-rich Green Tea & Black Sesame infused Lotus Seed paste Mooncake.It is studded with Melon Seeds,令人愉快的危机。Those with an adventurous palette can try their unique flavour –混合坚果和伊比利亚火腿.Li Bai's Classic Scarlet Box fvwin备用eatures a cross-hatched luxe finish in auspicious red complemented with a hinged gold clasp.
– Mixed Nuts with Iberico Ham $60/4 pcs
– Green Tea and Black Sesame Lotus Seed Paste with Melon Seeds $57/4 pcs
MUST TRY: Yam with Coconut Truffle
Paying homage to this enduring and well-loved tradition,Grand Hyatt Singapore presents a selection of artisanal mooncakes,handmade by our skilful team of gourmet pastry chefs,in both classic and new flavours of the snowskin and traditional baked variety.This year,three new snowskin flavours are added to the collection:Green Tea with Sake Truffle,Yam with Coconut Truffle and White Lotus with XO Truffle.
Adding a touch of luxury to this celestial occasion is the Black Sesame Yuzu Truffle topped with a delicate sprinkling of gold dust.In addition,popular snowskin mooncakes including the Champagne Truffle,Lychee Martini Truffle and Durian flavour,will also be available.All the handcrafted mooncakes come stylishly presented in an elegant turquoise-topped acrylic gift box.
MUST TRY: Blueberry Cream Cheese Snowskin Mooncake
Cheesecake lovers are in for a trvwin备用eat!New this year is the delightful Mini Blueberry Cream Cheese Snowskin Mooncake.With the sweet and smooth cream cheese paste enveloping the refreshing blueberry jam that is placed in the centre of this handcrafted snowskin mooncake,this perfect combination akin to the mouthwatering blueberry cheesecake is sure to be a crowd pleaser this Mid-Autumn Festival!！
卡尔顿all time favourites is the addictive Mini Walnut Moontart with white lotus paste and egg yolk.For the health conscious connoisseurs,this signature mooncake also comes in a low sugar option without egg yolk.The hotel also has mini Durian Snowskin Mooncake packed with fresh durian pulp so fresh and without preservatives that they are best consumed within four days.
– Mini walnut moontart with egg yolk $56/8 pcs
– Blueberry Cream Cheese Snowskin Mooncake $56/8 pcs
Savour perennial favourites fromGolden Peony其中包括传统烤月饼的标志性创作和双蛋黄莲蓉和独特的vwin备用Sweet Potato Mooncake in a Crispy Filo Pastry.
For discerning gourmands who delight in a little culinary adventure,品尝迷你烤肉月饼与烤肉干的新创意。”vwin备用Bak Kwa“and Yolk in White Lotus Paste as well as dainty Snowskin selections of Chestnut with Red Bean,芒果配柚子和可可，奥利奥奶酪配蔓越莓。
– Mini Baked Mooncake with Dried Barbecued Pork"Bak Kwa“and Yolk in White Lotus Paste $56/8 pcs
– Golden Peony Snowskin Treasures $56/8 pcs
MUST TRY: Pink Guava with Passionfruit and Rambutan
Presenting a collection of fruity snowskin delights,this year's mooncake highlights forGoodwood Park Hotel包括Pink Guava with Passionfruit and Rambutan.A fine refreshing balance of sweet and tangy flavours,which comes with unique natural taste of the pink guava,as well as rambutan bits for bite.
The Snowskin Combo fvwin备用eatures a selection of the hotel's famed fruit-based mooncakes and is a great way to sample a variety of different flavours.每个盒子里都有一片粉红色番石榴，里面有西番莲和红毛丹。Mango with Pomelo,D24 Durian and Cempedak snowskin mooncakes.UOB,Citibank,DBS信用卡和借记卡会员享受15%的折扣，古德伍德公园酒店美食卡会员享受20%的折扣，从2013年8月5日至9月19日。
– Pink Guava with Passionfruit and Rambutan $26/2 pcs,$46/ 4 pcs
MUST TRY: Floral Tea Konnyaku Mooncakes
With gifting in mind,,Crystal Jade'sMystical Treasure set comprises four premium flavours of Gold Leaf Mooncakes encased in a newly-designed,limited-edition treasure chest.The lavish chest has also been designed to make a terrific jewellery box.Each set includes Crystal Jade's premium offerings: Gold Leaf White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk,金叶红莲双蛋黄酱，金叶白莲膏，还有金叶坚果火腿。
For those who prefer lighter,更现代的月饼，Crystal Jade offers chilled selections ofyogurt pudding mooncakes and Konnyaku jelly mooncakes.Perfect for tea-lovers,花香四溢，有四个花茶月饼，vwin备用每一个香喷喷的茶-桂花和李子孔尼亚库月饼，菊花蜂蜜月饼，Roselle & Hawthorn Konnyaku Mooncake,还有新的玫瑰红枣椰月饼。
– Flora Effulgence set $20.00/4 pcs
All Teochew Ah Hiang raise your hands!自1943年以来的三代人，,Thye Moh Chanhas been conjuring these much anticipated mid autumn delights.精美的皇家紫盒包装，带有复杂的牡丹图案，enjoy the传统的甜咸陶沙with single yolk.The sweet rendition is topped with white sesame,while the savory encompasses a blend of salty mung bean paste with fried shallots,white sesame and is seasoned with white pepper.
A unique flavour which I like is their Yuan Yang.It is brimming with generous filling of savoury mung bean paste,fried shallots,white sesame,spicy pork floss and salted egg yolk.My grandpa loves its double delights of red bean and a crystal filling made with winter melon,melon seeds,dried orange peel,white sesame and glutinous rice flour.
Price：24.80美元/4件（可混合和搭配口味）。Buy 10 boxes & above,each box $18.60.
MUST TRY: D24 Oreo
Hailed as one of Lifestyle Asia's Top 5 Snowskin Mooncakes (2012),take pleasure in Emicakes' signatureMao Shan Wang mooncake.Delight your senses with the strong flavour of the finest and freshest Mao Shan Wang flesh enveloped in a delectable crystal skin.
在我们的月饼收藏中首次亮相是新的D24 Oreo.The smooth blend of fresh D24 filling brings any mooncake experience to new heights of satisfaction.And just when you think the flavours are scrumptious enough,the finely crushed oreo biscuits add an irresistible texture,which will surely ignite your mooncake craving!Enjoy 15% OFF for all mooncake boxes from 19 August to 15 September 2013 with FREE delivery to 1 location plus Free Allerines Premium Tea Sample!！
– Mao Shan Wang Mooncakes $76.90/4 big pcs
MUST TRY: Pandan Lotus with Custard
To celebrate this year's Mid Atumn Fetival,流行的法国面包连锁店Delifranceis offering their patrons exquisite selection of traditional mooncakes with unique flavours.It comes in an attractive packaging,which depicts Paris' famous Eiffel Tower and hints at Delifrance's Frence heritage.
The six new flavours include the White Lotus withQQ Milky Green Bean,芒果莲蓉芒果粒，Walnut Tiramisu,潘丹芙蓉蛋羹，白巧克力配蔓越莓酱，纯荷花配瓜子,which would appeal to those who are less adventurous.Delifrance's mooncakes are Halal certified.
Price：$10.80/1 pc,$42.80 for a box of 4.
MUST TRY: White Lotus Seed Paste with Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Filling
Din Tai Fung为即将到来的中秋节推出第一款烘焙迷你月饼。Bite into delicate velvety white lotus paste mooncake and relish the delightfully aromatic pineapple filling in the centre.Using only Songshan pineapple paste imported from Taiwan,this golden trvwin备用eat reveal just the right amount of tanginess and low acidity that will delight enthusiasts of this fruits.
Traditionalists with a penchant for咸蛋黄月饼will find instant gratification in this version by Din Tai Fung.Each mini baked mooncake is a filled with a smooth,白莲和咸蛋黄酱，上面点缀着松脆的松子和橙皮条。The sweet,savoury and tangy combination titillates the taste buds and will leave one coming back for more!！
Price：$23.80 (4 mini mooncakes with 2 flavours each)
MUST TRY: All taste the same,but I like 不求人Cover-Up design.Haha!！
For the first time in Singapore,the wildly popular Butt Mooncake collection by Hong Kong brand,,欲望之物,今年中秋节期间，这里可以出售。Drawing inspiration from the Chinese lingo referring to the resemblance of a person's butt to a full moon,the traditional round mooncakes are now given a fresh and tongue-in-cheek twist by Goods of Desire with its unique butt-shaped mooncakes.Just for humour,they have four popular designs namely兔子，不求人Cover-Up,单吊T-back and 卡窿The Split.
Produced by Mei-Xin Fine Goods,a household brand in Hong Kong known for its high quality confectionary goods,the lightly fragrant skin of each of these Butt Mooncakes are baked using traditional techniques to enfold the velvety smooth Lotus Seed Paste accompanied by the single egg yolk.月饼装在一个类似中国传统日历的月饼盒子里。
Price：14.50美元，$52 for a box of four mooncakes
享用月饼最好的方法是喝一杯好茶。The perfect balance of the sweetness from mooncakes complimented by the gentle aroma of a soothing tea can bring such sheer delight.Tea also helps in digestion and easing the stomach from the bloated feeling when one consumes too much rich and oily food.
Lipton,世界上最大的茶叶品牌，has extended its range of Pyramid Tea to introduce six new specialty teas last month to meet customers' growing demand for specialty teas.The six new additions include Calming Chamomile Tea (non-caffeine),Refreshing Mint Tea (non-caffeine),Uplifting Lemon Ginger Tea,English Breakfast Tea,Passion Raspberry Tea,桃芒果茶。Each pyramid tea bag contains whole tea leaves handpicked from top two leaves and a bud of the tea plant,花，香草或真正的水果片，并混合，以确保茶和味道的微妙平衡。The new specialty teas will be available at all major supermarkets.
Thank you for reading all the way here.为了奖励你阅读这个博客，这是一份赠品，您可以从中获得一盒雪皮月饼。Grand Hyatt Singapore！！THREE LUCKY READERSwill each walk away with a box of snowskin mooncakes.如何取胜？Just answer a simple question!（*提示：答案可以在博客帖子中找到）
QUESTION: Name 3 new mooncake flavours Grand Hyatt is offering this year.
截止日期:2013年8月28日(星期三)。A random generator will be used,每个人都有平等的获胜机会。We will mail the vouchers to the winners so that you can go to Grand Hyatt to collect fresh box of mooncakes.祝你好运！！