Monday, September 25, 2017

InterContinental Kuala Lumpur's Mooncakes 2017

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time whereby families gather together, enjoy mooncakes and watch the full moon (a symbol of abundance, harmony and good fortune).

This year, Tao Chinese Cuisine in InterContinental Kuala Lumpur is featuring six selections of baked mooncakes and four types of snow skin mooncakes; a mix of old time favourites and new flavours, all handmade individually by Master Dim Sum Chef Lo Tian Sion and his team.



The elegant boxes are inspired by the vivacious plum blossoms, representing spring, beauty, purity and honour. Two colours are available - a choice of luminous gold or charcoal grey. The two-tier mooncake boxes can be converted into a storage box for your stationary or jewellery later on.



The baked mooncake flavours on offer this year are the classics such as White lotus paste with single egg yolk (RM28), Pure white lotus paste with nuts (RM26), Shanghai single yolk (RM32) and Golden Jade (RM26). These are all Halal-certified.

Two of their bestselling baked mooncakes are the Scarlet baked snow skin with pandan and salted egg bean paste (RM30) and Bamboo charcoal with assorted nut paste (RM32). The scarlet mooncake gets it beautiful red hue from beetroot powder; the filling was smooth and not too sweet, which I appreciated.






Chef's signature mooncake for 2017 is the Snow skin with pure durian and salted caramel chocolate (RM42). The durian filling was rich and creamy, and a handmade salted caramel chocolate truffle is encased in the centre of the mooncake.

Other snow skin mooncake flavours available are Marble snow skin with pandan paste and single egg yolk (RM28), Roselle snow skin with cheese and spirulina paste (RM28) and Sesame snow skin with Japanese purple potato and green tea (RM28). We sampled the latter and the flavours of the sweet potato and slightly bitter matcha matches well with one another.





The mooncakes are available until 4 October 2017 at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur lobby counter. There is a 15% discount for CIMB, Citibank, HSBC, Maybank and UOB card holders for purchase of box of 4.



Opening times: Lunch: Monday to Friday 12.00pm-2.30pm; Dinner 6.30pm-10.30pm.

Location: Tao Chinese Cuisine, InterContinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +60 3 2782 6000

Website: http://kualalumpurdining.com/restaurant/tao-chinese-cuisine

GPS Coordinates: 3.160249, 101.717584


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mooncake + Dim Sum @ Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with a selection of finely curated mooncakes, prepared by award-winning Chef Michael Wong and his culinary team at Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya.

Le Mei is offering five varieties of traditional baked mooncakes and three varieties of snow skin mooncakes. You can purchase these mooncakes from the mooncake counter at Le Meridien Putrajaya lobby (12pm-8pm) or from Le Mei (12pm-10.30pm) until 4 October 2017.

We were invited over to the restaurant to sample the mooncakes, but first, we were treated to a delicious dim sum lunch. Expect creative, out-of-the-ordinary dim sums when you dine here - it's always exciting to see what new creations the chefs have come up with.



To start, we had a trio steamed items, namely the Steamed fresh shrimp with spinach dumplings, Green pea phoenix shrimp with ebiko and Squid ink dumplings filled with sea urchin, asparagus and prawns. Everything was immaculately prepared and we simply love the freshness of the ingredients, especially the huge, bouncy prawns.



Next, we had some deep fried items, including Almond-coated golden prawn balls with Parmesan cheese, Crispy dried cod fish fillet with fresh prawn and Black sesame cigar rolls. Click here for the full dim sum menu.






Wok hei is a crucial element for fried rice, and the Squid Ink fried rice with prawns and topped with fried dried shrimps definitely had plenty of it. Loved this - simple and good!




For those who like baked mooncakes, the flavours available here are Low sugar white lotus paste (RM30), Pandan lotus paste with melon seed (RM30), Low sugar white lotus paste with single egg yolk (RM32), Pandan paste with single egg yolk (RM32) and Assorted fruits and nuts (RM33).

We tried the Pandan paste with single egg yolk - the filling was smooth with a lovely, oily yolk.





The Assorted fruits and nuts mooncake features 5-6 types of nuts (such as almond, peanut and sesame) as well as kaffir lime leaves to give it a lovely fragrance.





The bestseller here is the Premium durian mini snow skin (RM55). Chef Michael tells us that they are made with 100% musang king flesh so every bite is creamy and absolutely sinful. If you purchase four mooncakes, you can enjoy a 30% discount off your total bill.




The signature mooncake at Le Mei is the Salted egg ice-cream mini snow skin (RM18), which is only available for dine-in due to its delicate nature. Best eaten when it has thawed slightly, so you can enjoy the creaminess and savouriness of the salted egg ice cream with the soft, chewy snow skin. Definitely a must-try. There is also a Pumpkin and raisin mini snow skin flavour (RM18).


Chef Yau demonstrating how the salted egg ice cream mooncakes are made.

Watch it here!


Presented in beautiful gift boxes, mooncakes from Le Mei are perfect gifts for loved ones or business asssociates. For a personalised touch, your corporate logo on your choice of mooncake with a minimum purchase of 50 boxes.




For more information or to place your orders, please call 03-8689 6888 or email dining.lmputrajaya@lemeridien.com. 20% discounts are applicable for purchases made with selected credit cards from Maybank, Citibank, CIMB, Hong Leong and HSBC.



Opening times: Mon- Fri 12.00pm to 2.30pm; Sat, Sun and PH 11.00am - 2.30pm; Dinner 6.30pm - 10.30pm daily.

Location: Le Mei, Le Meridien Putrajaya, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Sepang, Malaysia (located next to IOI City Mall).

Tel: 03-8689 6888

Website: http://www.lemeridienputrajaya.com

GPS Coordinates: 2.969213, 101.712596


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