In continuation from our scrumptious dinner, beautiful and colorful mooncakes made its appearance and suddenly, I was hungry again.
Chef came around as we busied ourselves snapping away at the dainty snowskins and the heavy, flaky Teo Chew Or-Ni, providing snippets of information about these baked delights.
For a start, he was bursting with pride of his Mini SnowSkin Champagne Truffle and Ganache Mooncake, stating that it is better than the “other famous” one in Singapore.
Then he explained that the beloved trifecta of Peony Jade’s Flaky Teochew Or-Ni mooncakes are (1) Plain – just yam, (2) with Golden Pumpkin and Salted Egg Yolk and (3) with DOUBLE Salted Egg Yolks.
Baked Mooncake with Premium Mother of Pearl White Lotus Paste and Melon Seeds
36SGD nett for 2pcs
The lotus paste for all the baked mooncakes are made in-house.
Some of us might not be able to discern such differences, but trust me, lotus paste made on-site generally possesses a finer texture and a wholesome taste absent in commercial-made ones.
For Peony Jade’s baked lotus paste mooncakes, I would award them an enthusiastic thumbs up. It wasn’t overly sweet and the fine paste is smooth without being gummy.
Baked Mini Mooncake with Molten Matcha Salted Yolk
62SGD nett for 4/8pcs
This was amazing!
Even a fellow blogger who claimed to not favour matcha took 3rd and 4th helpings.
Chef assured us that premium imported matcha powder was used and we believed him. Every bite was pure matcha bliss interlaced with the savoury saltiness plus grittiness from salted egg yolk.
The predominant flavour is matcha, but the salted egg yolk flavour is discernible.
The molten core added a slick mouthfeel so every chew is tender, robust flavoured and just sinfully marvelous!
Mini SnowSkin Champagne Truffle and Ganache Mooncake
72SGD nett for 4/8 pcs
This is Chef’s pride and joy.
He proudly announced that the core of champagne truffle is a punchy 12.5% alcohol content but the warning came a tad too late.
I had greedily popped a whole half into my mouth and was biting into it with relish when the heady champagne hit my tastebuds and shoot through to my head.
I blinked in shock. Wow, this is an unquestionably alcoholic mooncake!
As I chew, the merging of the lotus paste and snowskin added sweetness to counter the slightly bitter alcoholic truffle.
All in all it was an alluring, outstanding creation.
Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Rose, Lychee and Raspberry Jelly Centre
62SGD nett for 4/8 pcs
This was the prettiest mooncake of them all.
Who can resist anything dainty and pink?
Chef was aspiring to mimic the “bandung” flavour here but I felt that the flavour was uniquely floral and fruity on its own without much resemblance to bandung.
Premium Top Grade Pure Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncake in Organic Pandan SnowSkin
86SGD nett for 4/8 pcs
I reckon these were at least 180 g each; fat with unadulterated, rich and pungent durian pulp encased in not just any snowskin, but a pandan flavoured one.
The skin was a tad thick, but the pandan flavour carries forward in each chew so it turned out to be a pleasant durian + pandan complement.
Mini Snowskin Mooncake with Dark Valrhona Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter and Banana
72SGD nett for 4/8 pcs
Eschewing plain chocolate or the current hype of chocolate lava mooncakes, Chef added three companionable ingredients of salted caramel, peanut butter and banana into this rich cocoa mooncake.
Served chilled and velvety on tongue, this was such an indulgent and interesting creation.
Flaky Teochew OrhNi Mooncake with Double Egg Yolks / with Premium Fragrant Golden Pumpkin Single Egg Yolk / Plain
41SGD nett for 2pcs, 71SGD nett for 4/8 pcs
I love, love, love yam.
The Teochew Orh Ni mooncake is my favourite mooncake other than the plain piggy ones. And this is a rather elusive mooncake as not many places sells teochew mooncakes.
Peony Jade’s version is one of the best that I’ve tasted.
The flaky pastry is gold.
I’ve yet to enjoy such light, greaseless pastry for a teochew mooncake. The moist paste was of ideal balance; neither overly oily or sweet and so smooth.
I love the trio offered at Peony Jade and couldn’t decide which I like better.
The plain version is great to enjoy the fine yam paste and the flaky pastry. With pumpkin and salted yolk each bite became a play of sweet and smooth (pumpkin and yam) with added grittiness and savoury nuances from the salted egg yolk.
And of course, double egg yolks makes for a beautiful savoury mouthful in every bite.
The above were only the mooncakes that we tasted that evening. The full range of Peony Jade’s mooncakes can be found here –> http://peonyjade.oddle.me/
I would highly recommend the Teochew Orh Ni mooncakes, the Matcha Salted Egg Yolk and the Chocolate Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter Banana snowskin.
Availability : 1st Aug – 15th Sept 2016
Peony Jade Restaurant,
The Keppel Club,
Bukit Chermin Rd,
Waze: “Peony Jade”.
Mon – Fri: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm.
Sat – Sun: 10:3 0am – 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm.