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Tai Thong's mooncakes for Malaysians


Two flavours of durian mooncake from Tai Thong.

Two flavours of durian mooncake from Tai Thong.

New range of mooncakes offers traditional fillings paired with local flavours.

TAI Thong is back with a range of locally inspired mooncake flavours.

Members of the media were recently treated to a scrumptious spread at a special preview to introduce the restaurant group’s new range of mooncakes as well as its Mid-Autumn Festival menu.

Taking centre stage in the set menu was the Poon Choy.

Described as the Big Feast Bowl, this Cantonese dish comprises different meats, seafood and vegetables.

In Tai Thong, their unique Poon Choy has Tian Jian cabbage, lotus root, beancurd stick, wheat gluten, white radish, celery, poached chicken, roast duck, broccoli, pig trotters, mushroom, fish maw, dried oysters, prawns and golden fish balls.
Tai Thong's unique Poon Choy has a host of delicious ingredients.

Tai Thong’s unique Poon Choy had tian jian cabbage, lotus root, beancurd stick, wheat gluten, white radish, celery, poached chicken, roast duck, broccoli, pig trotters, mushroom, fish maw, dried oysters, prawns and golden fish balls.

The Poon Choy came in a one-of-a-kind bowl with Chinese inscriptions to symbolise the Year of the Horse.

The menu also had the Double-Boiled Village Chicken with Truffle Soup, a delicious entree that melted in the mouth.

Another visually tempting and equally appetising dish was the Turbot Fish, which can either be deep fried with celery or steamed with soy sauce.

Turbot fish is a flat sea fish that is famous for its taste. The sweetness of the fish coupled with the celery makes for a great combination.

Finally, there was the stir-fried assorted grains — a combination of brown rice, pine nuts and white rice offering layers of texture.

The highlight of the night, however, were the five new mooncake flavours that Masterchef Yiu Wing Keung had created.

He expertly paired local fruit flavours with traditional fillings such as nuts and yolk to create new treats.

“I was inspired by local flavours and it took me some six months to find the right pairing. I would experiment with 10 different variations and end up with two that I liked,” said Yiu.

One of the flavours is the Honey Grapefruit with a layer of mixed nuts. The usually bitter grapefruit toned down the sweetness of the mooncake creating a mildly sweet version with a crunchy bite.
Honey Grapefruit mooncake.

One of the flavours is Honey Grapefruit with a layer of mixed nuts.

The usually bitter grapefruit helped tone down the sweetness of the mooncake, creating a mildly sweet, crunchy version.

There was also dragon fruit and coconut single yolk, another flavour that caught guests by surprise.

The popular dragon fruit paired very well with the pandan coconut flavour and yolk.

There was also the snow skin honey lemon grapefruit, a zesty-flavoured mooncake that was uniquely set off by the osmanthus-based snow skin.

To ensure taste and quality, Yiu has brought the ingredients for the snow skin all the way from Hong Kong.

Durian lovers at the event were pleased to note two new editions to the durian mooncake range — the D24 and Red Prawn.

This followed the success of the Imperial Musang King Royale mooncakes last year.

The D24 mooncake was mild yet full of character with its creamy pulp stuffed in snow skin, while the highly sought after Red Prawn struck a perfect balance with its creamy custard filling and cool snow skin.

Although not a fan of durian, Yiu managed to transform the King of Fruits into a delectable dessert for mooncake lovers.

There is also the snow skin honey lemon grapefruit, a zesty flavoured mooncake that was uniquely set off by the osmanthus based snow skin.
Snow skin honey lemon grapefruit is a zesty flavoured mooncake.

Tai Thong has also retained the prices of its mooncakes this year.

Their limited edition corporate box is priced at RM138 per box and features eight mini Tai Thong mooncakes – a mix of both traditional and new flavours.

There are four sets for the Mid Autumn set menu, Set A is priced at RM298++ (six pax), Set B is RM498++ (eight pax), Set C is priced at RM798++(10pax) and Set D is RM2,388++ (10 pax).

All sets come with complimentary mooncakes.

The mooncakes are available at all Tai Thong restaurants, major hypermarkets and shopping mall kiosks.

IMPERIAL CHINA SUBANG JAYA, 3-2 Jaya Square, No. 7343, Jalan SS17/2, Subang Jaya. (Tel: 03-5636 1266). Business hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Saturday). 9.30am to 2.30pm and dinner 6pm to 10.30pm (Sunday and public holidays).

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

   

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