“Healthy” is the buzz word for mooncakes offered in Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya. Yes, healthier new fillings are in store. I was intrigued by their culinary team’s creativity in coming up with fillings such as Red Dates, 6 Coarse Grains, Green Tea, Sweet Potatoes and Ginger Tea.
The other piece of good news is that, to avoid over-indulgence, these new creations are made in “mini” sizes at RM13 each (except the Musang King durian paste filling which is at RM19). In case you are wondering – the 6 Coarse Grains paste consists of 6 types of essential nuts like peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, sesame and melon seeds which are rich in Omega 3 and mono-unsaturated fatty acids to lower cholesterol.
Red dates have long been considered as a herbal elixir for youthfulness, improve immunity and good for our liver. Did you know that sweet potatoes have antioxidant properties, similar to the popular Green Tea?
I really like the mini mooncakes with the Brown Sugar Ginger Tea Longan paste for the unique taste and piquant gingery aroma.
Of course taking centre stage is their Musang King Durian snow skin mooncakes which has been a hit for some years now. These are limited edition premium mooncakes made with fresh Musang King durians – its intense aroma fills the air the moment these little beauties were brought out. I took my time savouring the heady flavours of the King of Fruits encased in the crystal skin.
Besides the mini mooncakes, the regular-sized traditional baked mooncakes are also available with fillings like lotus paste, assorted fruits and nuts, jade custard and red bean paste. Prices are between RM17-RM26 each. Their customised gift boxes come in 2 sizes for 4 pieces regular mooncakes and 8 mini mooncakes in a slightly longer box. Personally, I prefer the mini ones.
Eastin’s mooncakes are available from 17 August to 27 September 2015.
For more information on Eastin mooncakes or to place orders, please call Ee Chinese Cuisine at 03-7628-7338 from 11.00am till 10.00pm.
As usual, while checking out the mooncakes at Ee Chinese Cuisine, we were treated to a dinner showcasing some of their signature dishes. Executive Chinese Chef, Alex Yong and his team surprised us with some really nice presentations of fine Cantonese cuisine.
For example, the delicate starters – Ee Deluxe Combination were served laid out prettily on a plate as well as atop an earthenware pot spewing spirals of steam – a sure-fire conversation stopper. Acting as a pot cover, beneath the creamy baked cheese were chunks of succulent scallops and soft buttery avocado.
Double-boiled Sharksbone Soup with fish maw and prawn wantan… the piping hot soup was so full of umami goodness
The Lamb Cutlet with Chef’s Special Sauce was exquisitely flavoured and so tender to the bite. Lightly seared and oven-baked, every bite was delicious.
Braised River Prawn in Golden Broth was appealing to all senses. Presented in bright contrasting colours with an accompanying “mushroom”, it elicited some “wow’s” at the table. More “wow’s” were heard when it was discovered that the “mushroom” was actually a creatively crafted soft bun!
A substantial bowl of Vermicelli Soup with Marbled Goby Head aka Fish Head Noodles ended off dinner splendidly. The milky white soup was brimming with fishy sweetness – perfect for the smooth vermicelli.
I loved the Chilled Coconut Pudding – a huge portion (not complaining!) served in individual coconuts.
Ee Chinese Cuisine
Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya
13 Jalan 16/11
Pusat Dagang Seksyen 16
46350 Petaling Jaya