Sunday, August 23, 2009

Toh Yuen Mooncake Selection @ PJ Hilton

When free food come knocking on your door, you can do one of two things:

Listen to your heart and refuse, just like the days when mom would lecture to always never take sweets from a stranger.

OR

Use your hand to close your heart and take it with many thanks.

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"Come look at my biceps, came from eating all those char siew"

In any case, the invite wasn't exactly from a stranger as he has already featured somewhere in my blog as Frat Mustard aka Jek from theQguides.com. Having got to know him for the very first time when he was intoxicated by 8pm, i am quite sure that my mom wouldn't mind, would she?

Some lucky bloggers like me were invited to witness the revamped PJ Hilton. Judging from them being very tech savvy with their own website Zest PJ, no one would know their restaurants were already in business when i was a toddler.

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You must be thinking now, so where is the food?

Well that is another post because we were served some pre-meal goodies that will take the limelight for the time being.

As we get close to the Mooncake festival, Toh Yuen will be launching their range of mooncakes on September 1.

It was as if they had heard about me wonder why people are selling their mooncakes so early. Infact i ponder whether it is to cater for the wondering souls from the other world (Hungry Ghost Festival started on Thursday).

Toh Yuen thought it was not much of a point selling it too early, however we being VIPs ("Very Important Pigs") they had to obliged by baking us a preview of their range of snow skin and baked mooncakes.

The colours are meant to represent the four seasons of the year, starting from the green spring to the white winter.

Aren't they so pretty?

Green - Lotus Spring - White lotus paste with sunflower seeds
Red - Fiery Summer - Pepper flower, chicken floss, mixed nuts and a dash of dried chilli
Yellow - Autumn Fragrance - a very aromatic osmanthus flavourd custard
White - Frosty Winter - Pure vanilla beans, enough said

RM 9 per piece and it comes with a box for every 8 ordered (RM72).

Coming from a very competitive market of mooncakes, Chef Lee has come up with some rather interesting flavours that may garner alot of interest. Tastewise, summer and autumn may be harder to sell with their unique flavours. However, Spring and Winter will surely be a hit.

Classic lotus paste

Pandan Paste

We also sampled the classic baked lotus paste with single yolk (RM19) and the baked pandan paste with single yolk (RM19). I wonder is it their technique of cutting or just me when each piece has an equal bit of yolk?

Both were not overly sweet to cater to the current trend of having everything "not too sweet or in BM (kurang manis)". But hello aren't desserts meant to be sweet?

I suppose all in all, a very safe selection of mooncakes compared to the wild fashionable sibling in KL Hilton.

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Next up, the meal at Toh Yuen.

16 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Gosh! Is it time for mooncakes already? ;)

qwazymonkey said...

jeles! why your pichers come out so nice?

Sean said...

my resolution this year is NOT to eat too many mooncakes, but the pig in me is very tempted by the four seasons mooncakes. not so much by the flavours, but just the gimmick! :D

Precious Pea said...

Yumyumyum.....am still waiting for the mooncake here to go on sale. Spotted my favourite brand from HK made with lard...aiii....after looking at your pictures...dunno if i can still wait that long or to go grab it NOW.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pp: grab 1 piece already la!!

sean: i know..such suckers for gimmmick ppl are nowadays..(me included)

qwazymonkey: bcos ur vision was great..can arrange the plates so nice mah..

kenny: soon..soon..

thenomadGourmand said...

ohh.. my sweet tooth already aching now.. ;)
But i spied the Tai Thong ones..very good repertoire of flavours!

KL Hilton - mooncakes were really nice too, with alcohol! Sean did blog abt it..cant rmbr the name..

Frat said...

Yah... your photos turned out nice! I think mine sucked because my eyes and hands weren't really focused on the viewfinder and button... I was already reaching out to eat... while you all were taking photos :P

UnkaLeong said...

Echoes Kenny..Mooncakes already? Lovely pics bro.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

unka: yea yea..mooncake season! thks yor..lil monkey arrange it 1..

frat: hahaha..so humble 1 u..

tng: yeah they got alot of funky ones..

allie said...

those 4 seasons mooncakes are lovely! Can I have some?

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Lucky fella you! ;)

thule a.k.a leo said...

reading your blog reminds me to put in my to-do list this weekend as to source for a few boxes of mooncakes for in-laws, my parents and those close to me :)
I was so busy last weekend rushing all over KL to help my wife to find all those furnitures for her new office!! This weekend will be used to relax at home in BU...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha..yes go find some mooncakes n relax by eating it at home..hey remember the charcoal u were talking about? u think u can really help me get some ar?

bbabe: haha yes..lucky me..

allie: well i cant giv u some, but u can definitely get some from pj hilton!

thule a.k.a leo said...

hopefully I can get it next month ok?? don't worry... I have called my client and he'll passed to me when he's in KL or Pahang!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha thanks man!!

rokh said...

wow got mooncakes to test!!!