What is the first thought that comes to mind when we mention the Mid-Autumn Festival? If you are like me, it’s probably mmm… delicious mooncakes!

The Mooncake Festival 2010 falls on September 22. In the month leading up to the actual day, we would be featuring a series of mooncakes from various hotels and merchants that we have tried and tasted.

Snowskin mooncakes, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
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Floral-inspired Snowskin mooncakes
S$55 for a box of 4

Sparking off the mooncake series is the floral-inspired snowskin mooncakes selection that makes its debut this year at The Fullerton Hotel.

Unboxing the mooncakes

Snowskin mooncakes, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The mooncakes are packed in a beautiful chest, complete with little drawers to match. Jade is used as handles on the drawers. Very fitting, as these mooncakes come from Jade restaurant at the hotel.

Snowskin mooncakes, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
Snowy our resident cat makes a cameo appearance.

Cats can’t resist playing with the nifty jade pieces!

Snowskin mooncakes, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

The oriental design of the chest reminds me of one of those wooden chests you would find at traditional Chinese medicinal halls, where every drawer is filled with a different type of herb and medicine. Only in this case, the drawers open up to the beautiful mooncakes!

Rose Red Bean in snowskin mooncake, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
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Rose Red Bean in snowskin
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Rose-scented confectionery sure is tempting, isn’t it? In the book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis, the White Witch tempted a character, Edmund, with the rose-flavoured Turkish Delight candy. And now, roses have made their way into mooncakes, too!

The pretty in pink Rose Red Bean mooncake bears a very prominent scent of roses. It reminds me of bandung! The filling is that of a chunky red bean paste.

Lavender Macadamia Green Bean in snowskin mooncake, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
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Lavender Macadamia Green Bean in snowskin
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No prizes for guessing what flower goes into the purple mooncake. This is of course the Lavender Macadamia Green Bean in snowskin. Upon the first bite, you get a soothing whiff of lavender. How elegant! The green bean filling is a pale yellow, subtly flavoured with the flower and mixed with bits of macadamia nuts for an extra crunch.

Osmanthus White Lotus in snowskin mooncake, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
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Osmanthus White Lotus in snowskin
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Of the lot, we find the Osmanthus White Lotus more forgettable. Unlike the more novel creations in the floral series, this one is more like your typical snowskin mooncake.

Hibiscus Strawberry in snowskin mooncake, The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
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Hibiscus Strawberry in snowskin
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My personal favourite is the Hibiscus Strawberry, featuring the national flower of Malaysia. The soft strawberry filling is simply delightful – it’s the taste of summer! At times I forget that I’m eating mooncakes because the flavours are just so unique and atypical of mooncakes.

Apart from being infused with floral essence, it is worth noting that these mooncakes are not too sweet. Pairing them with floral tea would be just perfect.

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This Mid-Autumn Festival 2010, what type(s) of mooncakes would you be buying?

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What type of mooncakes do you like the most? Is it the traditional baked skin mooncake, or mooncakes wrapped in supple snowskin? Share with us in the comments!

Jade
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
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To order: Visit Jade, located at the lobby level, from 10am to 10pm daily. Call 6877 8188 / 6877 8960 or email jade@fullertonhotel.com. Alternatively, you may place your orders at the lobby of The Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Veron Ang