This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 27 September 2015, and we are hot over moon cake fever at the moment. The custom of traditionally baked moon cakes has also transformed to the modern age wildly-loved non-baked snowskin flavours with hoteliers and bakeries coming up with beautifully-packaged moon cakes each year. While I love to explore snowskin flavours in adventurous flavours, my family will never forget to indulge in the traditional tastes of the baked moon cake with a fragrant pastry and luxurious lotus seed paste. This year, we were blessed with an assortment of the highly-coveted traditional moon cakes from Hong Kong Mei-Xin.
Hong Kong Mei-Xin Moon Cakes are made with high quality ingredients lotus paste and top-graded salted egg yolks. The skin has a consistent thickness that encases the jewel within that is the very aromatic and luxurious lotus paste. After eating the equivalent of one whole moon cake and sampling the different flavours and ingredients, I am convinced now when friends from Hong Kong tells me that Mei-Xin moon cakes are the best-selling moon cakes in Hong Kong.
*Assorted Moon Cakes – Bright Moon* 缤纷秋月, $57 (U.P.)
The above tin of *Assorted Moon Cakes – Bright Moon* (缤纷秋月) is a newly launched item this year. With a modern design over the good old metal tin, this will attract the young and trendy who loves all things pretty. Each tin consists of 6 popular flavours from Mei-Xin’s collection, each weighing approx. 90g.
My personal top pick from this tin would be the Mixed Nuts (五仁月饼). Seriously, one piece is not enough and I absolutely love the crunchy nuts blended with sweet maltose 麦芽糖 and there is this little tinge of zesty lemon that brings on another flavourful dimension with every bite. All nuts should be flavoured this way as plain nuts, though nutritious, are just boring! Surprisingly, it is not sweet at all too!
The elegant Red Bean Paste with Egg Yolk (蛋黄豆沙月饼) is no loser as well. The smooth red bean paste has a soft but firm texture that easily charms any moon cake lover like myself. It is also a knock out with the kids as they love anything red bean paste. They are not big lovers of salted egg yolk though. I won’t nag them about that at all.
The unassuming look of the Low Sugar White Lotus Paste with Pine Nuts (低糖松子仁白莲蓉月饼 ) packs a crunchy mouthful of top quality pine nuts, adding flavour to the not-too-sweet white lotus paste. The pine nuts within actually contains a copious amount of almost 10% of the moon cake’s total weight, much to the delight of my nut-loving hubby.
*Lotus Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolks* 雙黄莲蓉, $66.50 (U.P.)
Remaining as a perennial favourite, Mei-Xin’s Lotus Paste Moon Cake with 2 Egg Yolks 雙黄莲蓉 is a delight to enjoy with a pot of freshly brewed Chinese tea. I’m actually enjoying my second round of sampling right now as I’m writing the draft for this post. This traditionally-looking red & gold embossed metal tin with the design of Chang Er and the full moon would appeal to the elderly at home as it signifies a blessing of good luck and health to come.
Every tin is packed with 4 big moon cakes with double yolks within. Fans of salted egg yolk would yell double delight at these exquisitely crafted moon cakes with lotus paste. Though not made with low sugar lotus paste, this does not feel overly sweet as well. The velvety smooth and filling lotus paste are well-complimented with the rich but moist salted egg yolks. No wonder the *Lotus Seed Paste with Double Yolks* 雙簧莲蓉月饼 is a sell-out item every year!
*Low (Reduced) Sugar Mooncake with Egg Yolk* 低糖（减糖）蛋黄, $64.50 (U.P.)
While the traditional white lotus paste moon cakes are the hot favourites at Mei-Xin, the low sugar options are gaining popularity too. With the general conscientious preference towards healthier food intake, food addicts would be delighted to know that Mei-Xin’s low-sugar moon cakes are made with Isomaltulose. Isomaltulose is naturally present in honey and sugar cane extracts and tastes similar to sucrose but with half the sweetness. Not to be confused with Isomalt (which is a sugar substitute and low-digestible carbohydrate), Isomaltulose has better health benefits in comparison with sucrose and most other carbohydrates. Unlike sugar which will turn into fats if not digested, Isomaltulose is digested slowly and steadily by humans and animals, and ends up completely digested and absorbed internally. It is also essentially no substrate for oral bacteria (i.e. isomaltulose is kinder to teeth by not promoting tooth decay). I would highly recommend Mei-Xin’s low sugar collection to the children, elderly and those who prefer the healthier option.
For the health-conscious, Mei-Xin’s low sugar moon cakes are a delectable delight and an enjoyment to totally indulge in. Each tin above consists of 6 x 90-g moon cakes with lower sugar content (3 pieces of white lotus paste + 3 pieces of lotus paste) and a single yolk. If you are those who would want to enjoy the best of both worlds yet are afraid of putting on an extra inch, get this *Low (Reduced) Sugar Mooncake with Egg Yolk* 低糖 (减糖) 蛋黄 before they sell out as both the original lotus paste and white lotus paste are signatures of Mei-Xin moon cakes.
These mini moon cakes are packed with a powerful punch of savoury salted egg yolk. It is simply fantastic how deeply-flavoured the salted egg yolks taste. I had a hard time putting them down as they are insanely addictive. I should really be going for some exercise if I were to continue eating like this. I know what – save some for my mum and then feed some to my friends too! Let them share the kilogram! >.<
Mei-Xin perfected tradition with their recipe for their traditional moon cakes made in Hong Kong. This year, experience the joy of a different moon cake festival with Mei-Xin moon cakes specially crafted using only the best lotus seeds and quality ingredients. It is no wonder the Nielsen Research Report made on moon cakes consumption trend concluded that Mei Xin moon cakes has been the #1 best-selling moon cake brand in Hong Kong for 17 consecutive years since 1998.
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[Updated 20 Sep ’15 ->]
Thank you everyone for your awesome support. The giveaway has ended with overwhelming love from everybody. Thanks to our generous sponsor at FROSTS, we have announced the names of our 12 blessed winners on the blog and will be in touch via email on the moon cake collection latest by tomorrow morning.
[<- Updated 20 Sep ’15]
About Hong Kong Mei-Xin Moon Cakes
Retailing Venues & Dates
|Takashimaya Square Lebel B2||27 Aug to 27 Sep|
|Change Alley (Chevron House)||31 Aug to 25 Sep|
|Vivocity||1 to 27 Sep|
|Serangoon NEX||10 to 27 Sep|
|Bugis Junction||14 to 27 Sep|
|Junction 8||14 to 27 Sep|
|Causeway Point||14 to 27 Sep|
|Tampines Mall||16 to 27 Sep|
|Bedok Mall||16 to 27 Sep|
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