This is my first year trying the mooncakes from Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur and I must say I came away impressed.
All 4 in my possession were the traditional ones; perfect initiation for a “newbie” to Shang’s mooncakes. I was told their snowskin ones are really good as well and I hope to pick up some within next week after I’m back from Hong Kong.
The taste is as traditional as it gets. If it’s red bean, you get red bean, plus a smattering of melon seeds embedded within the paste. The same goes to the white lotus and the lotus.
The only difference detected from the white compared to the normal lotus is visibly by colour and while by taste; a milder flavour for the white one versus the original. The yolks are nice and big and the skin is good even when eaten on its own.
I’m the sort who likes to nibble on the outer crust (skin) before I get to the main filling. Anyone here with such a peculiar habit or am I the only one? 🙂
I sampled mooncakes from only 3 hotels this year (others are restaurants or individual brands) and I must say the ones from Shangri-la is tops. Obviously 3 hotels doesn’t make my recommendation very ‘credible’ but like I mentioned earlier, my comparison is based on what I have eaten.
I welcome all recommendations if you have some to share.
Shang Palace’s handmade mooncakes are specially crafted by Chinese Executive Chef Tan Kim Weng using a traditional recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. I liked that the paste is fine and smooth and non-greasy with good balance in terms of sweetness.
Do note that Shang Palace is a non-halal restaurant and their mooncakes are pork-free.
The above are the classic variety while the new additions are Black Sesame Paste with Yolk, Mini Chestnut Paste with Egg Yolk, Mini Ping Pei Yam Paste and Mini Ping Pei Chocolate with Dulce de Leche. Shangri-la offers Durian Snowskin ones as well, and I was told it is a signature of the hotel.
The mooncakes come in beautiful boxes which make great gifts for family members, business associates and friends. I doubt anyone would not be delighted to have the gorgeous [email protected] 😀
This offer is available from 8 Jul 2013 through 19 Sep 2013.
Price: RM 18 – RM 25 per mooncake.