According to the Chinese lunar calendar, it is now still not mid-7th month yet but long before today, mooncakes have been on sale everywhere.  Talk about being early!  Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid Autumn Festival which falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month… and this year, that date is set for 12 September 2011.

Every year, restaurants, bakeries and hotels try to outdo each other in coming up with new fanciful variants of mooncakes. Back when I was a kid, the only fillings for mooncakes were just lotus paste, red bean paste and the nutty paste (of the mixed nuts + candied melon + chinese ham kind).

To celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival, Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant (located on the Ground Level of One World Hotel Petaling Jaya) is offering a wide variety of freshly baked mooncakes in both traditional and new flavours on sale from 15 July to 12 September 2011.

white lotus

Besides traditional fillings such as white lotus paste and red bean paste, new flavours introduced include the Baked White Lotus & Black Sesame with Single Egg Yolk, Baked Supreme Nuts and Deep-fried Teochew Yam Paste with Single Egg Yolk.

Blk Sesame

pandan yolk

For those who love the snow skin mooncakes, Zuan Yuan also has the Pandan Lotus Paste with Single Egg Yolk (which is also available in the Baked mooncakes), Low Sugar White Lotus Paste Single Egg Yolk and Honey Grapefruit Paste with Single Egg Yolk.

pandan snowskin

pandan lotus

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honey grapefruit

If the regular-sized mooncakes are too much of a mouthful for you, Zuan Yuan’s signature petite-sized snow skin mooncakes would be a good choice. Their range includes Honey Grapefruit & Mango Paste, Mini Low Sugar Charcoal Skin Mooncake with Royal Milk Tea Paste and for the health conscious, opt for the Low Sugar Mini Snow Skin Mooncake with Qi Zi (Chinese wolfberries) Tong Kwei (Chinese angelica root) and Chinese Almond Paste. Or how about the Low Sugar Wheatgrass & Green Tea version? I like their Royal Milk Tea Paste variety – with its tea + milk aroma which does not leave a too-sweet aftertaste.  Another favourite is the Honey Grapefruit & Mango Paste… very refreshing and unique.

mini mooncakes

wheatgrass greentea

Prices start from RM10++ per piece for the Mini Snow Skin Mooncakes and RM15-22++ per piece for the regular-sized ones.

For orders, please call Zuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant at 03-7681-1159.

A special 10% discount is given for One World Hotel Elite Club Members, Standard Chartered Bank Credit Card-holders and OneCard members.

For every purchase of 10 boxes, 1 box will be given free!