Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012 Mooncakes @ Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium KL

Mid-Autumn Festival  is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar - this year it falls on 30 September. The festival is one of most important festivals to the Chinese, along with the Spring Festival and Winter Solstice.

To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur has created an array of handmade traditional baked and mini snow skin moon cakes (pork-free). Dim Sum Chef Kong has created two new snowskin flavours this year - pure dates paste and passion fruit lotus paste.
 






Chef Kong demonstrated to us how to make the snow skin mooncakes with passion fruit lotus paste. The snowskin is made using charcoal powder along with the other ingredients. The passion fruit is blended with lotus paste.

Measure out the dough (ratio 4:6; snowskin : filling) 

Shape into ball and place in mould


All done! ;)


Video on how to make snowskin mooncakes
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I made two snowskin mooncakes which I later shared with my friends :D


Even Hubby had a go (I told him it's just like PlayDoh LOL)


See - Chef Kong gives Hubby's mooncake a big thumbs up!

After the mooncake demo, we sat down to enjoy the mooncakes from Lai Ching Yuen. We managed to try all 8 of the snowskin flavours - red bean paste, pure dates paste, pandan lotus paste, white lotus paste, passion fruit lotus paste, durian paste, spirulina lotus paste, and green tea lotus paste. If I had to choose three of my favorites, it would be the passion fruit, durian and green tea.

Chef Kong uses D24 durian, which he mixes with custard to make a wonderfully creamy filling. I really liked it. This was definitely one of the best durian mooncakes I've tried so far in KL. The texture for the snow skin mooncakes here are also soft and thin, which I like. The passion fruit one is naturally sweet from the fruity filling and the green tea one has a hint of bitterness which goes well with the lotus paste.

There are also 5 types of traditional baked mooncakes, and we got to try 4 of them - assorted nuts, white lotus paste, white lotus paste with single yolk and red bean. My fav is the white lotus paste with single yolk, made from imported HK white lotus - very smooth.

White lotus paste with single yolk (RM27.80)


Durian mooncake - a big hit with the durian lovers


Full mooncake menu

Mini snow skin mooncakes are priced between RM12.80++ - RM14.80++. Traditional baked mooncakes are priced between RM23.80++ - RM29.80++, please see full list above for the pricing. Fortune Mooncake Gift Box is priced at RM 112.00 ++ per box of 4 items and Full Mooncake Gift Box is priced at RM 108.00 ++ per box of 8 items.


Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here.

Opening times: Lunch; Monday to Friday 12.00pm - 2.30pm, Sat & Sun 11.00am - 2.30pm. Dinner; 6.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Location: Lai Ching Yuen, Grand Millennium Hotel, 160 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2117 4180

GPS Coordinates: 3.147694, 101.712338

30 comments:

  1. i love the green tea flavor the most!!hehe!

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    1. That is also one of my fav snowskin flavours.:)

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  2. Not into snowskin. White lotus paste with single yolk (RM27.80) will do. You have my mailing address? Hehehehehe!!!!!

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    1. Haha... you didn't give me your mailing address also!

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  3. Durian snow skin mooncake sounds absolutely delectable! :).

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    1. I think almost every hotel that I went for mooncakes this month had durian flavour. The one here was really good.

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  4. Durian snow skin mooncake sounds absolutely delectable! :).

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  5. I love that first photo, stunning colors! By the way, what is flavor is black skin moon cake?

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    1. The black skin one is the one we made - mini snowskin with passion fruit lotus paste. The black comes from charcoal powder.

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  6. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =)

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  7. I m the opposite... I like most of the snow skin except durian... hehehe

    always love the food at Lai Ching Yuen... =D

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    1. Haha at first I also didn't really wanna try the durian (cos going movie afterwards) but I ended up eating 4 pieces cos I liked it so much.

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  8. ooo, so between lai ching yuen's durian mooncake and kl hilton's, would you have a preference? or maybe it might be difficult to decide since both are yummy (i'm assuming i'd enjoy lai ching yuen's one too) :D

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    1. It's hard to choose since they use different variants of durians.

      But for a much cheaper price, the LCY one's taste strongly of durian too, with a hint of custard.

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  9. We have imported mooncakes selling in the Asian grocery stores but they are never as good as the ones that I had back home.

    The snow skins ones that this restaurant is selling looks really good and nice that you can learn some tips from chef Kong.

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    1. Yeah, it's always fun to attend mooncake demos. I think I'm confident enough to attempt this at home now.

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  10. The description on making snowskin mooncakes is so correct. Its almost like playing Play Doh!

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    1. Hubby said PlayDoh is easier though! Haha. But he did a very good job in moulding it.. Chef Kong says he's very fast.

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  11. I love that passion fruit snowskin, so yummy! :D

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  12. wow well done! count must be past 40 by now! :D

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  13. Passionfruit wins hands down for me!

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    1. Love how it gets the sweetness from the fruit.

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  14. Haha...so are you going to touch 100 for mooncakes this year? :-P Charcoal skin is interesting!

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  15. Can I order for US address? I would love to get the durian flavorbfor sure. If it is possible, plz let me know how to place the order :)

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    1. You need to contact the hotel directly. I would think that the durian flavour cannot be delivered as it melts within 2-3 hrs.

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  16. Hi, do you have the recipe for these mooncakes?

    Thanks

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    1. Sorry I don't. The hotel did not provide us with the recipe. If u r interested, u can check out this other blog for snow skin durian mooncake:
      http://goodyfoodies.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-make-mini-snowskin-durian.html

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