Five Elements Mooncake from Toh Lee, Nikko Hotel

    It’s that time of the year again. When the moon is at its roundest, children light lanterns and families devour mooncake which symbolizes reunion.

    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.

    Other than snow skin, here are some of the conventional variations:

    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

    *Prices range from RM16.00++ per piece to RM21.00++ per piece.


    Chef Lo Tian Sion demonstrated the making of the mini pumpkin paste with cream cheese mooncake.
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    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


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