The Peninsula Hotel (香港半岛酒店) is one of Hong Kong’s best and classiest hotels, and they are known to produce one of the best mooncakes around.
Imagine my huge surprise when I found out that I did not have to travel all the way to Hong Kong for their renowned mooncakes, as they are now available in Singapore!
The Peninsula’s mooncakes are available in two flavours, traditional Lotus Seed Paste and the best-selling Egg Custard. If you want to try both, get the assorted Mini Mooncakes box ($48 for eight mini-mooncakes).
If you haven’t never tried their egg custard mooncakes before, you do not know what you are missing out. Based on the exclusive traditional recipe originating from The Peninsula Hong Kong in 1986, the light mini-egg custard mooncake is a delicious contemporary take on the traditional filling of lotus seed paste and duck egg yolk.
Air-flowned to Singapore, Penisula’s mooncakes are quite cute and weigh about 40 grams compared to the regular size of 160 grams. They are small with soft pastry shellls, and you can easily finish one in a mouthful.
When I took my first bite, it was actually the slight taste of the salted duck egg yolk that took me by surprise – it is not quite what I ever tasted before. After that, the light and delicate custard which is made from butter, coconut milk, eggs, condensed milk, corn starch, and wheat flour slowly grows on you, with quite a few dimensions to the taste.
And so, the most impressionable mooncake I had this year (after trying more than 10 boxes), is actually from Hong Kong. Not too much of a surprise since they have always been known for their pastries.
I found the Peninsula Hong Kong’s mooncakes at an unexpected place – Wheat Baumkuchen Pastry & Noodle Bar (branches at One Raffles Place and Toa Payoh), which is where I go to should I crave for healthy cold ramen and soba. I would say “Mai Tu Liao” – Delay No More!
Wheat Baumkuchen Pastry & Noodle Bar
1 Raffles Place, #B1-15 One Raffles Place (OUB Centre), Singapore (Raffles Place) Tel: +65 6535 0277
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon–Fri)