Why would you buy mooncakes for, I may ask?
5 out of 10 I asked gave me any other answers, but the taste of mooncakes: The pretty packaging, that famous ‘brand’, the free gifts, the innovativeness of the flavours, the cuteness (Angry Birds Mooncakes anyone?).
Talking about packaging, Crystal Jade’s Mid-Autumn gift set this year must have been one of the most beautiful I have received. Its limited edition Premium Gold Treasure ($88.00 for 4 pieces) comes with four individual boxes with lids of silk, each adorned with a “seal” with the words “Fei Cui” (Crystal Jade in Chinese). Consider this one of the higher priced mooncakes around.
These purple and blue-silver boxes remind me of one of those boxes used in some Hong Kong TVB period drama “Beyond the Realm of Conscience” 宮心计 where the imperial concubine will keep their golden jewelries. My mother will probably use it to keep receipts.
Will your mum keep the mooncake boxes?
The set comprises of Gold Leaf White Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, Gold Leaf Red Lotus Paste with Double Yolk, Gold Leaf Plain White Lotus Paste, and Gold Leaf Mixed Nuts and Ham. Of all the flavours, the simple white lotus paste is still my favourite, while the mixed nuts and ham is really not my thing. (Consider one mooncake wasted?)
The auntie at Crystal Jade told me that if I did not really care that much about packaging and boxes, then go for the more casual Magnificent Five ($68.00 for 5 pieces) which comes with similar flavours. “Oh, but no gold leaf on top ah!”
Mooncakes may be considered too ‘heaty’ and sweet for children, and you may want to get the lighter, fruitier flavours for them. Crystal Jade My Bread’s Yogurt Pudding Mooncake series, the Kindred Bliss ($22.00), comes in a set with in Mango, Mixed Berries, Apple, and Original flavours. On the flipside, they don’t keep long.
You can purchase the mooncakes at most Crystal Jade outlets. Advance orders can be made three days in advance (until Thursday, 27 September). Orders can also be made via the Crystal Jade Mooncake Hotline at 6512 0800 Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 6pm.
Crystal Jade My Bread (Thomas Plaza, Ang Mo Kio, IMM Building, Takashimaya, Junction 8, Suntec City Mall)
Other Mooncake Entries
Mao Shan Wang Mooncakes (Goodwood Park)
Ice Cream Mooncakes (Haagen Dazs)
Pandan Mooncakes (BreadTalk)
Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes (SunnyHills)
Taiwan Pineapple Cakes (Din Tai Fung)