Finally the Mid Autumn Festival is arriving! I guess most Singaporean’s hobby after the mid year break would be the eager anticipation of National Day holidays, then Mid Autumn Festival. Aside from glorious food, many would go on a moon cake hunt. The forever quest for the best-tasting, prettiest patterns, sweetest snowskin colour and most awesomely beautiful box. Ok, nevermind that they are the most sinful too!
Where would your favourite moon cake shopping bazaar be – Takashimaya? Chinatown? Or anywhere where there’s a crowd? What’s your favourite to-visit booths during moon cake festive bazaar? This year, we have been blessed with a few brands and variety of the delish delight. Our post and giveaway for Swensen’s SG50 Moon Gems icecream moon cakes in six flavours had overwhelming response. In this post, we will share our review on the iconic Thye Moh Chan‘s handcrafted traditional Teochew moon cakes.
When it comes to food, nevermind that I’m a Hakka married to a Hokkien. Teochew moon cake, Shanghai moon cake, Cantonese moon cake, pls show up! I can diet next month.
This year, Thye Moh Chan’s mid-autumn collection comprises of the reputed confectionary’s signature Teochew moon cakes. Handcrafted with finesse, these traditional delicacies boast multiple layers of light flaky pastry skin ❤ and a selection of different fillings that are also laboriously made by hand. As a special festive treat to everything-durian this year, the Durian moon cakes made using top-quality Mao Shan Wang durians has been launched, much to my delight as I found out last night.
Thye Moh Chan’s moon cakes are beautifully packaged in a useful metal tin that in stunning pink, red and purple colours. The intricate lotus and peony motifs remind me of good old traditional Chinese embroidery that symbolizes purity and bliss. While it may not appeal to the younger generation, the not-so-young ones (like me) would know that our generation before us would love the good tidings we gift them with.
Out of the 7 different flavours, my family sampled 3 last night, leaving the oh-so-familiar Salty Tau Sar (with a surprise egg yolk!) untouched to share with my parents tonight.
Durian 榴莲月饼 Medium (4pcs/box) – $38.80
For the Mao Shan Wang fans, you would love to give this a try! It’s yummilicious and I’m not bluffing you. The velvety smooth lotus paste is infused with Mao Shan Wang durian that does not overpower the fragrance of the original lotus paste. When I made comparison to the yucky 榴莲糕, I really mean it. It’s a rare treat as this is not always available at Thye Moh Chan. The pastry is as usual, typical of their signature Tau Sar Piah – it can be peeled off layer by layer. *slurp* Take note that the Durian flavour lasts good for 3 days only. They are made daily at the pastry shop. Nevertheless, attack it as soon as you get home to ensure the “bestest” fragrance! ❤
My first moon cake for 2015! Finally couldnt't resist last night. This Durian flavoured Teochew moon cake is a festive-special, handcrafted with layers and layers of flaky pastry by the Pastry Chefs at Thye Moh Chan. Initially I thought it would taste yucky like Malaysia's Native product – 榴莲糕. But NO! Totally surprised at the distinctive durian flavour within the lotus paste.
Sweet Tau Sar 甜豆沙月饼 Medium (4pcs/box) – $28.80 Large (1pc/box) – $24.80
Traditional Tau Sar Piah comes sweet or salty mung been filling. The sweet rendition comprises of melon seeds within the filling. I personally prefer the savoury version. I wished that there were more melon seeds though! The kids love the sweet paste and were caught using their index finger to stick up the dropped pastry skin from their plates then lick it before sticking up another piece. Seeing that, I know that they totally inherited my good genes and habits too. Haha!
Salty Tau Sar 咸豆沙月饼 Medium (4pcs/box) – $28.80 Large (1pc/box) – $24.80
This is childhood + salted egg yolk. The good old savoury version encompasses a blend of salty mung bean paste with salted egg. I’ve yet to taste it! Still holding on to it with the anticipation of relishing salty filling with salted egg yolk. Oh my goodness, Tonight please come faster!!
Yuan Yang 鸳鸯月饼 Medium (4pcs/box) – $28.80 Large (1pc/box) – $24.80
Filled with a generous filling of savoury mung bean paste, sesame, spicy pork floss and salted egg yolk, this novel creation delighted my hubby and he had second helping despite having brushed his teeth for the night. With a blend of salty and spicy flavour that crumbles at the slightest rough handling, I found myself licking the plate after that. How to waste the precious crumbs if it’s so yummy?! I’d highly recommend this flavour as well. Go get it!
From the above four flavours, I would recommend the Durian and Yuan Yang moon cakes for this mid-autumn season since the Sweet and Salty Tau Sar Piah is available all year round. They certainly hold their tastes very well and is unique compared to traditional lotus paste. Aside from above, Thye Moh Chan also has three other flavours which look equally good. Read the description for yourself and decide if you want to try ❤
Teochew Double Delight 潮州双拼月饼 Medium (4pcs/box) – $28.80
Savour the double delights of red bean paste and a unique ‘crystal’ filling made with winter melon, melon seeds, citrus strips, white sesame, spring onions, and glutinous rice flour. This one has so many things inside! Wonder how it tastes like.
Traditional Teochew Mooncake 传统潮州月饼 Large (1pc/box) – $16.80
This traditional favourite presents a delightful combination of maltose, white sesame, citrus strips and five-spice powder, rendering a unique and unforgettable taste. This reminds me of the childhood story of the boy who was given a big biscuit necklace and he could only take a bite whenever he was hungry!
Yam (with Yolk) 潮州芋泥月饼
A soft dream of creamy yam paste and salted egg yolk in light flaky pastry. What’s Teochew without Orrrrrrrrh Neeeeeee?? I would love to give this a try definitely.
Thye Moh Chan is an older-than-my-mum Teochew confectionary brand that spanned across three generations. All these years, they have been subtlely famous for their Tau Sar Piah. Their fame is unlike that of a trend whereby everybody would craze over it for just awhile. I believe Singaporeans have been unaware that they would sneak a purchase as and when as if it’s part of their mundane life. The brand is that part of our heritage.
Thye Moh Chan’s Teochew moon cakes will be available in both outlets at Paragon and Chinatown Point.
- 17 Aug – 12 Sep: Free $2 voucher* with purchase of any box of 4-pc medium mooncakes
- 17 Aug – 12 Sep: OCBC Credit/Debit Cardmembers get 20% discount with minimum purchase of 2 boxes of mooncakes
*Terms and conditions apply, while stock last.
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Note : We were extended 2 boxes of mooncakes for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed remain our own. Photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright of Thye Moh Chan.
ABOUT THYE MOH CHAN
Reputed for its authentic handcrafted pastries such as the famous tau sar piah, Thye Moh Chan’s 70-year old heritage forms a significant part of the Singaporean Chinese culture. Using traditional baking techniques, Thye Moh Chan’s pastries were traditionally handcrafted with a human touch, and well-liked by many Singaporeans. The BreadTalk Group has relaunched this cultural icon with a line-up of the perennial favourites, alongside new flavours to a whole new generation of Singaporeans, and aims to preserve a legacy that is truly Singaporean.
Operating hours: 10am – 10pm daily
PARAGON 290 Orchard Road #B1-11/12 S(238859) Tel: +65 6732 8858
CHINATOWN POINT 133 New Bridge Road, #01-45 S(059413) Tel: +65 6604 8858 Operating hours: 10am – 10pm daily
Interesting Look Into The History of Thye Moh Chan
With its beginnings dating back to 1943 during the Second World War, the setting up of Thye Moh Chan Cake Shop was a collaborative effort by some members of the Teochew community in Singapore. Its first store was located along Liang Seah Street. Specialising in producing authentic handcrafted Teochew pastries, Thye Moh Chan soon gained a strong following for its signature creations such as the Sweet and Salty Tau Sar Piah and flaky-skinned mooncakes.
In 1994, Thye Moh Chan relocated its premises to Lor 27 Geylang while sustaining the thriving family business. Mr Koh Hong Chua, its third-generation owner, took over the reins in his 30s. While business was sustainable, succession was a problem. Running the confectionary involved long hours, hard work and unique skills. The next generation was unwilling to take up the job. While machinery was used to speed up kitchen processes, the essence of Teochew pastries was in the human touch. When Mr Koh announced the decision to wind down the business in September 2011, many Thye Moh Chan fans thought it was the inevitable end of an era. Fortunately, the re-launch of Thye Moh Chan by the BreadTalk Group marks the iconic revival of the 70-year-old brand. Thye Moh Chan’s legacy continues, and the art of traditional Teochew confections and customs will continue to strike a chord in generations to come.