Nothing is more synonymous with the moon festival than the mooncake. It seems like hotels and restaurants have an early start on moon cake this year. The flavor selection is also getting better each year. Truffles, durian, birdnest, cheese, bacon, you name it, they have got it.
We were fortunate enough to be invited for an early sampling of Toh Lee’s latest mooncake offerings with an unique theme of “Five Elements”.
Toh Lee has also put a lot of thoughts in the the packaging. The octagon boxes with 8 sides carry auspicious colors of red and yellow. It just make a perfect gift to friends and families, and perhaps future in laws? 🙂
We savored some of the selections from the Five Elements series:
Chocolate Paste with Mixed Nuts
Brown in colour to represent the EARTH element. Earth gives stability and also relates to real estate and legacies. Earth is patient, just, honest and methodical. Priced at RM13.00++ per piece
Mini Japanese Anko Paste with Rose Flavour
Pink in colour to represent the FIRE element. Fire gives energy and enthusiasm. Fire warms and cheer; and represents the element of the natural leader. Fire represents red, summer and south. Priced at RM13.00++ per piece
Mini Green Tea Paste with Single Egg Yolk
Green in colour to represent the WOOD element. Wood is creative and innovative. Wood can be pliant and bending (willow) or strong and unyielding (oak). Wood is sociable and community minded. Wood also represents the colour green, the season spring, and the direction east. Wood also represents birth and early childhood. Priced at RM13.00++ per piece
Mini Bamboo Charcoal and Egg Cream Paste with Silver Dust
Black in colour to represent the WATER element. Water indicates travel, communication, and learning. It also relates to literature, the arts, and the media. Water nourishes all living things and represents winter and north. Priced at RM13.00++ per piece
Mini Pumpkin Paste with Cream Cheese and Gold Dust, Mini Durian Paste with Milk Cream & Mini Egg Cream Paste with Bird’s Nest
White in colour to represent the METAL element. Metal (also frequently referred to as “gold”) indicates harvest, business and success. This is usually financial success. The color is usually white, but can also be gold. It symbolizes autumn and west; and represents the adult years. Priced at RM25.00++ per piece.
Toh Lee’s mooncake fillings were smooth and intense without tasting overly sweet. Just the way I like it.
White Lotus with Single Egg Yolk
Pure White Lotus Paste with Nuts
Pandan Paste with Egg Cream and Walnuts
Red Bean Paste with Sunflower Seeds
White Lotus with Double Egg Yolk
There is a flow to his hand that makes all the rolling, pressing and assembling look easy. Guess it’s true that pros make it look effortless. But as I tried my hands on it, I almost ruined the cute and dainty little mooncake.
For every purchases of 5 boxes and above, you’ll be entitled to a Zi Wei Dou Shu 紫微斗数 (the Purple Star System) or BaZi (the Eight Characters) reading by Madam Leong Siew Wei. She gave me some saintly advices and it is good to know that my life will be a smooth sailing ahead (choose to believe what I want to believe :p).
Mooncakes are available from 1st August to 22nd September 2010
To order your mooncake, please call 03-2782 6128 or you can make purchases at The Deli and Toh Lee Chinese Restaurant.
Toh Lee Chinese Restaurant
Hotel Nikko Kuala Lumpur
165, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2161 1111
Fax: 03-2161 1122