Mooncakes @ Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

August 27, 2009

The dark chocolate mooncake with durian ganache is a masterwork, with flavours that are subtle yet distinctive, not overwhelming but not bland. Best of all, once you've proven that marrying chocolate with durian works wonders, the potential for other unions is limitless.

Mini snow-skin mooncake with durian paste. It might seem strange that I'm ga-ga over Mandarin Oriental's durian mooncakes, since I hardly even eat durians. But these are tame desserts for people who dislike how wildly overpowering the fruit can taste.

White chocolate mooncake with calamansi ganache. A fresh addition this year; pleasantly citrusy but not too sour.

Milk chocolate mooncake with peanut butter crunch and raspberry centre. The best choice for kids; reminiscent of a crisp candy bar.

White chocolate mooncake with pineapple jelly ganache. Another new entry, but let's see if it makes a repeat appearance next year. Quirky in a creamy-chocolate-meets-tropical-fruit way, but basically unmemorable.

Mini snow-skin mooncake with pistachio custard. The healthiest-tasting option, since it's the one that's the least sweet. And pistachios are recommended for helping in weight loss, right?

Lai Po Heen,
Mandarin Oriental.