It has been weeks of nonstop mooncake binging action at the Sparklette headquarters. Until now, all the mooncakes I have featured can be found in Singapore, including the Concorde Hotel halal mooncakes that are imported from Malaysia.
This past weekend, longtime reader Kyo kindly shared with me some mooncakes that he bought from Park Hyatt Shanghai. Yes, straight from the motherland! That’s a nice reprieve from all the Singapore mooncakes featured here.
Aren’t we all curious about what they would taste like? Are they any different from the mooncakes here in Singapore?
Unboxing the mooncakes
The mooncakes are housed in a dark brown square box with a design that is simple but classy. At the centre of the lid is a lone embossed logo/graphic which looks rather cryptic.
The slim box holds nine mini mooncakes in three assorted flavours, contained in green, yellow and pink coloured boxes.
I like the way these individual boxes resemble gift boxes, with nice geometric patterns on the surface and a strip of gold running across. In a way they kinda remind me of Christmas.
The mini mooncakes are of the baked skin variety, comprising these flavours:
- Lotus paste with yolk
- Red bean paste
- Coconut paste
RMB248+ for a box of 9
Despite all the novelties in modern mooncakes, there will always be purists who love the classic mooncakes. The lotus paste with yolk is about as traditional as it gets. (Plus, it’s from China!) Cutting open the mooncake reveals a white lotus paste filling and a small slice of orange salted egg yolk. With the thin baked crust blended well with the soft and smooth filling, this is pleasantly sweet minus the excessive sugar rush.
The coconut mooncake has a nice fragrant filling, but is a tad dry and rough-textured for my liking.
If you are a fan of red bean, you would enjoy the mooncake that is completely filled with the deep red paste. The paste is surprisingly smooth and homogeneous, with a dominant bean flavour.
Taste-wise, they are definitely less sweet than most mooncakes I have eaten here. Apart from that there does not appear to be any distinct difference between these mooncakes from China and the ones in Singapore.
Park Hyatt Shanghai
Kyo also shared some pictures that he took at Park Hyatt Shanghai, which occupies the 79th to 93rd floors of the Shanghai World Financial Center, none other than the tallest building in China! That is the skyscraper on the right in the picture above. The spiky building to the left is sister hotel Grand Hyatt Shanghai.
To buy the mooncakes, you would head up to the hotel’s lobby on the 87th floor in a high-speed elevator. The Living Room lounge is located on the same floor. Relaxing here over some tea and mooncakes with clouds floating past the windows must be quite an experience! (Random fact: According to Kyo, the toilets here are operated by remote control systems!)
Here’s the view from the top. Doesn’t the Grand Hyatt look magnificent?
Many thanks to Kyo for generously sharing his mooncakes and these Shanghai pictures!
Have you enjoyed any mooncakes from outside of Singapore this mooncake season? Share with us in the comments!
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