Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mooncake 2011 by Hilton Singapore

It was quite an honour to receive an invitation to Hilton’s Mooncake Media Event and from our experience with their Snowskin Cheese Mooncakes last year, we are pretty sure that this will not disappoint.

Hilton Mooncake Media Event 2011

This year, Hilton Singapore has launched a new mooncake packaging. Decorated with red silk and gold material, this will appeal to most as a gift for the elders and business associates for this 3-sections box is designed to bring good fortune and prosperity. While the flowers on the Chinese silk represent nobility and value, the Chinese ancient copper coin has “招財進寶” imprinted on it to symbolize good tidings of prosperity.

Hilton's Red & Gold Mooncake Box 2011

It is a known fact that the hotel is famous for their cheesecakes and hence, the chefs decided to conceptualize Snowskin Cheese Mooncakes to be the representative of Hilton Singapore for the Mid Autumn Festival.

This year, there are 4 new snowskin cheese mooncake flavours and the special thing about them is the surprise gem in each of the new mini cheese mooncake.

Dark Chocolate

Cheese and chocolate never go wrong in Hilton and when you have Dark Chocolate and Cream Cheese combined together, the outcome is obvious.

Do note that lotus paste is not used in Hilton's snowskin mooncakes and may not be a “mooncake” to the traditionist and purist but it is also this filling that makes it distinctive and special from most mooncakes.

Anyway, back to the Dark Chocolate Snowskin, this combination of chocolate cream cheese and homemade chocolate truffle is heavenly. While the cream cheese filling gives a slight savoury effect to the mooncake, the dark chocolate makes it not sweet. Moreover, the core of the mooncake has a dark chocolate truffle for a deeper flavour and I would say it is a good alternative to mooncakes, appealing to chocoholics.

Caramel VSOP
Photo is obtained from the press release kit provided by Hilton Singapore

Caramel VSOP is not only the most talk-about flavour in the media tasting but also the favourite of Hilton’s staff during product development. Caramel VSOP is created with inspiration from the champagne truffle snowskin which we are so familiar with but Hilton Hotel felt that there is so many to offer in the market right now and hence offer something new and different. Set inside the mooncake is a truffle made of homemade caramel and VSOP; and the resulting effect is a luscious smooth and bitter-sweet liquid.

A note of caution, do not underestimate the alcoholic kick of this mooncake and to some, this may be appealing more than the champagne truffle snowskin.

Mango Passion Fruit

Mango Passion Fruit is my personal favourite among the snowskin collection for a good contrast of textures and flavours. Like the other cheese snowskins, the mango-blended cream cheese is of no doubt smooth and creamy but what makes it different from the regular mango snowskin lies in the chewy home-made passionfruit jelly bonbon incorporated for the extra bite. Love the tangy aftertaste, making it light to pop the entire thing in the mouth.

Cookies "n" Cream

Cookies “n” Cream is inspired from one of the best selling cheesecakes in the hotel, the Oreo Cheesecake. This was created to have something familiar and popular and for the extra crunch, one can expect a generous chunk of oreo cookie in the centre.

Hibiscus Orange

Hibiscus Orange and Berry Treat are back by popular demand. Like the Mango Passion Fruit, Hibiscus Orange is slightly tangy. While the fragrance of the dried Hibiscus is negligible, the candied orange in the cream cheese filling earned nods among the tasters. In fact, my mother-in-law prefers this over the Dark Chocolate Cheese Snowskin.

Berry Treat

Berry Treat, a combination of raspberry and cranberry is the most intense among the fruity snowskins. These mini cheese mooncakes will be sold in assortment of six flavours at $48.80+ per box.

Baked Lotus Paste with Double Yolk

Apart from the cheese snowskins, Baked Mooncakes are also not to be missed during Mid Autumn Festival.

Baked Mooncake with Assorted Nuts and Jin Hua Ham

One of the popular items among the Baked Mooncakes is the Assorted Nuts and Jin Hua Ham. With generous addition of Jin Hua Ham in the mooncake, the mooncake has a nice fragrance and savoury goodness . Moreover, the nuts are not exceedingly big with the aftertaste of the spices distinctive but not overwhelming.

The baked mooncakes are sold at the price range from $52.80 to $58.80+.

Senior Chinese Chef Aw Yeong Kin

Senior Chinese Chef Aw Yeong Kin is the man behind Hilton’s mooncakes this year. Previously from Marina Mandarin, Chef Aw has more than 20 years of experience with Chinese cuisine.

Before signing off, a big thank you to Marketing Communications Manager, Ms. Joyce Moo for the invitation to the Mooncake Media Tasting.

Hilton mooncakes can be purchased from the Checkers Deli, Hilton Singapore from 15 August 2011 to 12 September 2011.

Early bird promotion starts from now until 31 August
- 10% off on every box of mooncakes
- 15% off with a minimum purchase of 4 boxes
- Collection of mooncakes from 15 August to 10 September

For purchases or enquiries please contact
Checkers Deli
Hilton Singapore
581 Orchard Road
Singapore 238883
Tel: 6730 3392

Operating hours - 11:00am - 9:00pm (daily)


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