Let's take a short break from Japan eateries, and indulge in mooncakes. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! This year, I've decided to give the ones prepared by Regent Singapore a try. To tell you the truth, I've been eyeing on their snowskin mooncakes since last year.
Regent's Snowskin Collection S$59.00
This year, Regent Singapore introduces four new flavours: Pearl Milk Tea Crunch, Il Dolcetto, Very Berry and Granny Smith with Lemongrass Chocolate, while keeping the four favourite flavours: Signature Black Sesame Paste, Green Tea with Melon Seeds, White Lotus Paste with Yolk and Melon Seeds and Durian.
Before I begin with the review... Happy birthday to us! ^^
Pearl Milk Tea Crunch
First of all, never had I imagined that someone would invent a milk tea paste for a mooncake. Innovative as it could be, it was a pity that the aroma could only be detected on the first bite. Crunchy chocolate balls assumed the position of the pearls in the perennially favourite drink. Having said that, the snowskin was enjoyably delicate with a soft and slightly chewy texture.
The marriage between Italian coffee and chocolate culminated in a happy ending. The fragrance of the paste made of roasted coffee beans was matched with the subtle sweetness of the creamy chocolate centre.
The gorgeous purple-coloured mooncake had delightful filling of berries, such as red and black currants, Saskatoon berries, blueberries, as well as raisins. It was dreamily sweet without being too heavy, instantly lifting my mood up.
Granny Smith with Lemongrass Chocolate
The next fruity creation was the most memorable of all. The ambrosial inside was a concoction of Granny Smith apple purée and lotus paste. The lemongrass-infused chocolate was no joke, for it was fragrant and truly pleasant on the tongue.
Signature Black Sesame Paste
The snowskin dough was studded with crumbs of black sesame seeds which made it more appealing. Encased within was a hardcore black sesame paste with its intense savoury taste. This particular mooncake was the most powdery among all.
Green Tea with Melon Seeds
The green tea paste was truly aromatic with the right degree of sweetness, interspersed with crunchy melon seeds which added another dimension to it. However, it was a pity that the paste wasn't solid enough, resulting in the slightly unappealing softness of the mooncake.
White Lotus Paste with Yolk and Melon Seeds
The white lotus paste, once considered as a luxurious ingredient, prepared by the hotel was velvety and not cloyingly sweet. I was particularly impressed by the yolk which was really creamy and adequately salty to balance the flavours. It was one of the best snowskin mooncakes with traditional filling I've ever tried so far.
Just like last year, I braced myself to take a bite on the durian-filled mooncake. Both my buddy and I agreed that the one offered by Grand Hyatt last year was better. The durian was moderately sweet, and that was it.
I've truly missed that decadent green apple mooncake. Pika's advice: Always head to VivoCity every year during the festival and be spoilt for choice!
1 Cuscaden Road
(Only during the mid-autumn festival!)
*Prices quoted are subject to 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,