Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mandarin Oriental 2012 Mooncakes & Pastry Culture

Having your cakes and eating 'em isn't too tough: head to Mandarin Oriental for this year's batch of mooncakes and Tropicana City Mall's Pastry Culture for liquor-laced cakes.

Mandarin Oriental might be the earliest of KL's hotels to be selling mooncakes for 2012, with a special counter set up for these tiny treats at its lobby through Sept. 30.

MO's signature selection comprises chocolate and snowskin varieties, exquisitely executed.

2012's newbies include an ultra-creamy dark chocolate concoction filled with star anise and red bean ganache, tasting like the most luxurious candy bar ever.

Also introduced this year: white chocolate with orange ganache and jam. But mooncakes aren't immune to inflation: MO's chocolate ones cost RM20+, a RM2 hike from 2011's set.

Fresh, natural-tasting flavors form the foundation for 2012's snowskin selection: choose either pandan or blueberry with grated coconut, both evoking a Malay kuih feel (perfect for Ramadan!). RM14+ each (also up by RM2), small enough to finish within four mouthfuls.

Mooncakes can be eaten at MO's lobby lounge with unique cocktails like the Malay Mojito (tinged with gula melaka palm sugar) and the Guava Cosmopolitan. 

Early birds enjoy a 10 percent discount off the regular mooncake price.

Also worth visiting to satisfy the sweet tooth: Tropicana City Mall's Pastry Culture.

Our fave: dark choc cake with raisins dipped in Bacardi rum for super sumptuousness.

Pastry Culture's other varieties, including the Scotch whiskey dark chocolate and Irish cream mint choc, seem to have a lower liquor content.

Still, creamy and tasty enough to recommend for a post-dinner pick-me-up.

Mooncakes @ Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Pastry Culture @ Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya.
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38 comments:

  1. Hmmmm...the Scotch whiskey dark chocolate sounds good for me :)

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    1. Ulric: it could use a stronger whiskey potency though, so my recommendation would be the rum one =)

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    2. Even better for me lar...u know my alcohol-noobness =)

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    3. Ulric: oh yeah, but that can be a good thing =)

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  2. OMG the dark chocolate mooncake looks so good! Can't wait to try them this Fri!

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    1. Baby Sumo: it's addictive! i shared the mooncake, but i could have easily finished it on my own :D

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  3. well i spotted some good old HK mooncakes last sunday at the chinese grocery store and couldnt resist buying a box, the one with 3 eggyolks! but comparing it with the ones you tried, got to say mooncakes have really evolved!

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    1. Joe: three yolks, yay! :D i think the traditional mooncakes are still worth eating every year, but yeah, it's fun to try these 'contemporary' versions. i'm a fan of snowskin mooncakes cos they feel lighter and kinda healthier, heh =)

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    2. Joe, where is the chinese grocery store which sells HK mooncakes? I love mooncakes with pork oil.

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    3. I AM ME: hi, i think joe might not notice this comment here, so you might want to try leaving it on his blog =)

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  4. Wow is it mooncake time again already? Feels like the last season just ended hmm ...

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    1. Timing: hehe, i guess these days, we can get mooncakes for at least two whole months every year :D

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  5. I'm still waiting for foie gras mooncake. come on, someone has to do them already! :D

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, let's hope maybe shangri-la or kl hilton will offer it this year =)

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  6. Gosh... they are pushing out mooncakes already?!

    That said, from the looks and description, the dark choco cake (with raisins) takes the cake...

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    1. Chong: mooncake mania starts now! :D but yeah, you're right, i'd be content with the dark choco cake on its own too =)

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  7. Talking about mooncake already?? Am I slow or they are fast?
    But RM20+ for mooncake..huhuhuhu...expensive T_T
    I think I better eat cake la... =p

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    1. Melissa: i guess maybe it's profitable to start selling mooncakes at least two months ahead of time :D yeah, i don't think i'll purchase mandarin oriental's mooncakes again this year. once was enough =)

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  8. I love mooncake, especially the snow skin with double egg yolks! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, the yolks are my favorite part of mooncakes! :D

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  9. the sales of mooncake is getting earlier and earlier..
    the ghost festival is not over yet and now it is only month of June.. So I think next they will have all year round mooncakes...

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    1. Simple Person: i wouldn't mind if mooncakes was available six months every year. and the other six months, can have bak chang available, hehe =)

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  10. i already had my first mooncake two weeks ago. won't have another one for a while though. not wise to consume too many of them

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    1. Michelle: i hope i'll have another one or two rounds of mooncakes before the end of the september, but i usually try not to have too many =)

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  11. I don't like traditional mooncakes, but I don't want to pay through the nose for new-school ones either, so I usually just wait until they go on sale or something :P

    I don't know, I don't care one way or the other.

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    1. Synical: heh, i guess that's cool. mooncakes just aren't your thing, but that's fine. they're definitely not the healthiest thing to be addicted to :D

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  12. The mooncake box from Mandarin Oriental is pretty! Saw it a few days ago. :)

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    1. Bangsar-Babe: great for giving as a present to family and friends! :D

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  13. it's time to get fat on mooncakes again.. YAY!

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i'm confident that i'm already in the 'fat' category, so for me it would be 'time to get fatter' :D

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  14. Mooncake time already? Time sure flies doesn't it! I love Mandarin Oriental's mooncakes! My family gets mooncakes from there every year!! :D

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    1. Vien: the early bird gets to gobble more mooncakes, heh =) oh yeah, i guess i'd rank mandarin oriental, shangri-la and kl hilton as my favorites too for kl's hotel mooncakes :D

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  15. even the mooncakes nowadays looked like chocolates. they might just come out with some truffle mooncakes the next time around!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, true, the chocolate mooncakes taste like candy bars. but i love them still. KL hilton has interesting mooncakes too, including a durian musang king mooncake this year, but it's only sold by box of six, for RM278! :D

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  16. when will the pastry culture start?

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    1. Cindy: it has already started operations =)

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  17. lol, i just bought some mooncakes from there just now. with the size and price of the mooncakes , its like buying gold.

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    1. Jeffrey: heh, ya, mandarin oriental's mooncakes are definitely among the priciest in kl =)

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