Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peony Jade Mooncakes 2014

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To celebrate the abundance and togetherness of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Peony Jade's culinary team presents a range of mooncakes that display both a great respect for tradition and an enthusiastic nod to the future. Each mooncake is made to the chef's exacting standards and features a fusion of top drawer ingredients with superb craftsmanship. These are all made fresh daily with no artificial flavourings, stabilisers or preservatives. A true commitment to quality and excellence.


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Matching the traditional baked mooncakes is an elegantly designed orangey red box with an oriental fan in the centre. I have been a fan of Peony Jade's signature flaky skin Teochew 'Orh Ni' Mooncake with Premium Fragrant Golden Pumpkin and Single Egg Yolk ($33 for 2pc / $59 for 4pc). The air lightness flaky pastry skin and the dense creamy yam filling is one of the best in town.

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I am old school and I love my baked mooncakes more than snowskins. At Peony Jade, one can enjoy these traditional bakes with less sugar, allowing one to indulge with less guilt. Peony Jade's rendition includes Low Sugar Baked Mooncake with Premium Mother of Pearl White Lotus Paste & Single Yolk ($35 for 2pc/ $59 for 4pc), Baked Mooncake with Premium Jin Hua Ham and Assorted Nuts ($34 for 2pc/ $60 for 4pc) and Premium Mother of Pearl White Lotus Paste with Macadamia Nuts & Double Yolk ($35 for 2pc/ $62 for 4pc).

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For the snowskin mooncakes, the gift box is a rich hues of turquoise lacquer complemented by black trimmings.

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If you are a fan of snowskin mooncakes, not to be missed is the Peony Jade's 4 Heavenly Flavours ($64 for 4 pieces), featuring Top Grade Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake in Organic Pandan Snowskin, Snowskin Kochi Yuzu & Apple Cream Cheese Mooncake, Snowskin Soursop Mooncake and Snowskin Premium Cempedak Mooncake.

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Peony Jade also introduces 5 new flavours this year. They are Black Thorn Durian Nyonya Mooncake in Coconut Mini Snowskin ($76 for 8pc), Mini Snowskin Fragrant Honey William Pears, Organic Apricot and Raspberry Mooncake ($49 for 8pc), Mini Snowskin Teochew Orh Ni Pumpkin with Coconut Truffle Mooncake ($62 for 8pc), Mini Snowskin Chocolate Salted Caramel Glaze Banana and Walnuts Mooncake ($49 for 8pc) and Mini Snowskin Silver Lotus Paste with Gui Hua Cassia Flowers and Melon Seeds Mooncake ($58 for 8pc)


15 July to 28 Aug 2014
Online purchase: http://www.pjmooncakes.com and http://www.peonyjade.com

15 July to 8 September 2014
Onsite purchase at Peony Jade Restaurants

7 August to 8 September 2014
Onsite purchase at 14 roadshows. Info from their website. http://www.pjmooncakes.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jade Restaurant (玉楼) + Mooncakes 2014 @ Fullerton Hotel

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With the Mid-Autumn Festival around the corner, what best way to celebrate this joyous festival with a reunion dinner feast with friends and families. Fullerton Hotel's Jade Restaurant presents a luxurious Mid-Autumn Reunion Dinner Feast available at $88++ per person from 25 August to 8 September 2014 to celebrate the full moon comprising of 6 courses.

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Trio of Mid Autumn Combination 4/5

The first course is the Trio of Mid Autumn Combination. Chef Leong got his inspiration from the folk tale of Chang'E. The plating is supposed to represent Chang'E floating to the moon. The three components on the plate are Steamed Sea Prawn Roll with Capsicum and Mushroom, Shredd Chicken with Preserved Fruit in Honey Mustard Dressing and Tea Smoked Beancurd Carrot Roll. This is in fact an art on a plate with the prawn sitting on a cloud while the shredded chicken represents a lantern.

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Boiled Sea Grouper Soup 4.8/5

Boiled with fish bones to get that milky robust soup base, the Boiled Sea Grouper Soup with Black Fungus and Chinese Wine this is extremely delicious and comforting. The used of quail eggs is a excellent choice for the theme, representing reunion with its dumpling like shape.

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Fragrant Crispy Duck Stuffed with Yam Paste 4/5

The Fragrant Crispy Duck Stuffed with Yam Paste reminded me of the traditional yam basket but stuffed with fragrant crispy duck. I like the bite of crispiness from the duck skin in between the yam paste. Yam and duck is a classic combination but given a modern execution that will delight more the young and old.

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Stewed Whole Abalone with Dried Scallop and Homemade Edamame Beancurd 4.5/5

A luxurious dish of Stewed Whole Abalone with Dried Scallop. However what stood out for me is the Homemade Edamame Beancurd that was extremely soft and silky. From its colour, I initially thought it was infused with spinach but to my surprise it is actually edamame. I thought the colour suit the theme of Jade restaurant perfectly and it should be made into their signature dish.

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Wok-Fried Five Grain Rice with Crab Meat 4/5

You probably would not get this elsewhere. The Wok Fried Five Grain Rice with Crab Meat is both fragrant and packed with mouthful of different grainy bites with the crab meat lending a luxurious sweet sea flavour finishing.

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Classic Trio Desserts 3.5/5

The feast is wrapped up with a classic Trio Desserts of Shaved Almond Ice with Osmanthus Jelly, Chilled Rabbit Shaped Egg White Cake, Petit Traditional Oven Baked and Snow Skin Mooncakes. The rabbit shaped egg whit cake is so adorable and cute that I almost don't bear to eat it. It has a marshmallow soft texture that sorted of melted in the mouth. Of course we can't do away with mooncakes since it is the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Can't get enough of The Fullerton Mooncakes? Don't worry the mooncakes are available for sales from 25 July to 8 September 2014 at the Fullerton Cake Boutique located on the lobby level of the hotel. The mooncakes are encased in an elegant oriental chest adorned with dainty pieces of jade or a classic golden-hued chest.

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Taking centrestage this year is The Fullerton Snow Skin Treasures which offers a contemporary assortment of the classic. Two irresistible Snow Skin flavours exude a comforting taste of home with a dose of indulgence. The White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk Snow Skin Mooncake features a smooth and delightfully sweet white lotus seed paste.

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The Pandan with Gula Melaka Snow Skin Mooncake is a nostalgic blend of familiar local flavours where the aroma of the pandan complements the deep caramel flavour of the palm sugar.


Jade Restaurant (玉楼)
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Tel: +65 68778188
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFullertonHotel
Website: http://www.fullertonhotel.com/dining/diningCategories_2-en.html
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 630pm - 1030pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT Station. Take Exit H. Turn right and walk towards the river. At the river, turn right again and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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