Tai Thong Mooncakes and Poon Choy for Mid-Autumn Festival 2014

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 8th. It’s a time for the gathering of family and friends, as the Chinese celebrates with food, lanterns and of course, mooncakes.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - mooncakes

With mooncakes as THE highlight of the festival, it’s no wonder that the folks at Tai Thong take their mooncakes very seriously. From the enthusiastic way Chef Yiu described the process of coming up with ideas for new flavours, you could be forgiven for thinking that he eats sleeps walks talks mooncakes.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - making mooncakes

At Tai Thong’s 2014 Mooncake Press Conference (!!!), we had a chance to get down and dirty… by making our own snow skin mooncakes. It brought back memories of my mother at a family friend’s kitchen making red bean and lotus paste mooncakes. Back then, the most adventurous mooncakes you get were either with, or without egg yolks.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - Joyce

Imagine my delight when we got to sample these new, bold mooncake flavours: Dragon Fruit and Coconut Single Yolk and Honey Grapefruit and Mixed Nuts (dried fruits, winter melon, almond and sesame seeds). Rich, creamy and different, they go for RM16.50 per mooncake and RM66 for four.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - new flavours

Don’t like them baked? Get the ‘snow skin’ unbaked versions. This year, Chef Yiu added osmanthus to the snow skin recipe, resulting in a hint of sweetness to the mooncakes. The Snow Skin Honey Lemon Grapefruit and Snow Skin Lotus are strong favourites.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - traditional flavours

For me, the best Tai Thong mooncakes are the durian ones! Though not a durian fanatic, even I could not resist the fragrant calls of the strong-smelling fruit, packed in soft skin mooncakes.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - durian mooncakes

Tai Thong’s durian mooncakes are available in limited quantity. They go fast, so be sure to get yours as early as possible. The audaciously-named Imperial Musang King Royale goes for RM88 for 2 pieces in a single box.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - durian D24 and red prawn mooncakes

This year, we have the Premium Durian Duet featuring mooncakes filled with D24 and Red Prawn from Penang. The D24 is creamy and less pungent. When you’re ready for the next step, feast on the richer, stronger tasting Red Prawn. RM88 for a box of 4 (2 of each durian flavours) of pure durian flesh stuffed in mooncakes.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - poon choy

As part of their Mid-Autumn Festival specials, Tai Thong offers Poon Choy in their set menus. Prices range from RM298++ to RM2388++ with complimentary mooncakes thrown in the works.

Feast on a shared pot of prawns, broccoli, dried oysters, roast duck, chicken, fish maw, mushrooms, fish balls, cabbage, lotus root, white radish and so on. Pig trotters are substituted with fish at their pork-free outlets.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - stir-fried grains

Stir-fried Assorted Grains – brown rice, pine nuts and white rice are cooked together in a claypot. At first whiff, there was a burnt smell. But when you dig into it, the deliciousness of this combination becomes astoundingly yummy. I was told that this is a Tai Thong specialty, and rightly so.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - dinner

Also in the set menus: Double-boiled Village Chicken with Truffle Soup, Deep-fried Turbot Fish with Celery and Chilled Lychee with Sea Coconut. The Mid-Autumn Festival set menus are available until September 15th at all of Tai Thong’s outlets.

Tai Thong Mooncake Festival - chef

Now here comes two important questions:

Q: Are Tai Thong mooncakes halal?
A: Yes, siap dengan cop halal JAKIM.

Q: What are your recommendations:
A: Honey grapefruit with mixed nuts, and any of the durian flavours. I bought a ‘Durian Culis’ – durian paste and durian flesh, slightly cheaper at RM72 for a box of 4. Delicious!

Get the full brochure of Tai Thong’s 2014 Mooncakes and outlets here: *click*