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ZUAN YUAN CHINESE RESTAURANT,
One World Hotel Petaling Jaya,
First Avenue, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7681 1111

Less common deep-fried mooncake makes an interesting gift.

ONE World Hotel’s Deep-Fried Teo Chew Yam Paste with Single Yolk mooncake might make an interesting gift for those celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival today.

The mooncake is fried instead of the commonly baked or chilled snowskin variety.

The hotel’s Zuan Yuan Chinese restaurant Chinese chef Chan Choo Kean said this variety of mooncake was less common in the market.

This is because the preparation requires the necessary skills and experience.

“The mooncake is fried only when customers request for it, to ensure its freshness,” said Chan.

Chan and dim sum chefJordon Chin showing some of the restaurant’s specially prepared mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Chan and dim sum chefJordon Chin showing some of the restaurant’s specially prepared mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

He added that it was best to consume the mooncake within two days of purchase to fully savour the taste of the delicacy.

“It is popular among the Teo Chew community and ours is among the popular ones in the market,” he said.

The mooncake looks like a mini beehive and will make an interesting door gift for those planning to bring something unique for visits, tonight.

It tastes crispy, so be sure to have your serviette ready as it may crumble when you take a bite.

Chan said over the years, mooncakes were also made to cater to the younger generations’ taste buds, resulting in the snowskin range.

With this in mind, Chan has prepared four different types of snowskin mooncake.

Some of  Zuan Yuan's mooncake varieties.

Some of Zuan Yuan’s mooncake varieties.

One of the flavours that he has introduced at the restaurant is the White Lotus and Black Sesame Paste with Single Yoke, which is suitable for those who enjoy the traditional mooncake filling wrapped in snowskin.

Those who prefer smaller mooncakes can opt for the Durian Lotus Paste, Mango Lotus Paste and Pandan Lotus Paste.

The Durian Lotus Paste filling is prepared made with the D24 durian mixed with other types of the fruit.

Local mangoes are used to prepare the Mango Lotus Paste while the Pandan Lotus Paste is prepared without cane sugar, said Chan.

He added that the older generation might be intrigued by the Supreme Mixed Nuts baked mooncake.

This mooncake is made using over five types of nuts including roasted almond, walnut, sesame seed, melon seed and macadamia nuts. It can be served with whiskey, said Chan.

Besides these flavours, the Tiramisu and Walnut (top pic) baked mooncake is another must-try for those who enjoy the taste of coffee.

Offering 18 different types of mooncakes specially prepared for this Mid-Autumn Festival, the restaurant’s oven-baked mooncakes are being sold at RM15++ each, while the snowskin range mooncakes at RM15++ each and the mini snowskin range priced at RM10++ onwards.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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