PUBLISHED August 16th, 2016 05:24 pm
Mid-Autumn Festival is slightly more than a month away, and we’ve been eating our way through so many of these Chinese confectionaries to suss out the best. So to be able to pleasantly surprise us and stand from the rest – as Fairmont Singapore’s Szechuan Court did – is no easy feat.
A couple of divine new flavours make their debut this year, and some familiar old favourites are back. The intimate selection is the result of a collaborative effort between the Chinese restaurant’s long-serving dim sum and mooncake maestro Mandy Yeo and Fairmont Singapore’s Executive Pastry Chef Sebastien Cocquery-Beraud. With some 30 years of combined experience under their belts, the quality and brilliance of Szechuan Court’s mooncakes are a given.
A sucker for snow skins? The Imperial Yuzu ($66 for box of 8), with an orange hue inspired by fall colours holds aromatic yuzu-infused chocolate praline and crispy chocolate pearls that delivers a satisfying crunch. The Cranberry Snow ($66 for box of 8) is pretty in rose pink, filled with sweet white lotus paste and tarty dried cranberries complementing each other to enhance the fruity flavour.
Also making a comeback are two major hits from last year: the Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle ($64 for 8) and Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache ($68 for 8). Both are as excellent as we remember, the latter continuing to be one of our favourite snow skin mooncakes of all time – a choice we attribute to the combination of high grade chocolate (the champagne might have something to do with it too…)
Naturally, tradition is not forgotten nor lost, maintained in the form of classic mooncakes baked to a beautiful golden brown. Szechuan Court’s signatures are available again this season, including the Peach-shaped Mooncake with Single Yolk & Macadamia Nuts in White Lotus Paste and Autumn Treasures – Baked Mooncake with Five Grains in White Lotus Paste (both $67 for a box of 4).
Speaking of heritage and traditions, it seems to be one for mooncakes to come packaged in resplendent and eye-catching boxes. Szechuan Court is undeniably on point in this aspect – as a nod to the restaurant’s affinity for authentic Chinese values, the boxes drew inspiration from the cheongsam (a body-hugging one-piece dress for women). Embellished with motifs of the Singapore Orchid and designed with the style and grace of local women in mind, this dazzling box symbolises the juxtaposition of tradition and modern elegance. Perfect for gifts or even collecting, if you’re so inclined.
Fairmont Singapore has made it easy to enjoy their mooncakes with their fuss free electronic online ordering system here. If you can spare the time for self-collection, there’s a special early bird 25% discount from now till 28 August 2016 when you order a minimum of 2 boxes and collect before or on 7 September 2016. Don’t miss out on these other offers as well, and hopefully you’ll feel the same way we did about these mooncakes.
For a full list of Fairmont Singapore’s mooncake booth around Singapore, please click here. Fairmont Singapore is located at 80 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189560, p. 6338 8785.
This post is sponsored by Fairmont Singapore.