Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Big China

Everyone knows that Mid Autumn Festival is around the corner, to us floggers though, we call it Mooncake Festival! Wahahaha. Mooncake is one of the savory chinese traditional desserts which I love and with all the new flavours pouring in, sometimes its easy to get distracted from the traditional taste. And thus I shall present to you... *drum roll* Tai Chong Kok (Da Zhong Guo) Confectionary!

This traditional stall at Alexandra Village turns into a mooncake factory this time of the year churning out hundreds and hundreds of traditional baked mooncake in lotus or white lotus filling. Even though I prefer snow skin mooncakes, I felt that I should grab a few after hearing my buddy Des complimenting the mooncakes from Tai Chong Kok Confectionary. Due to the festival season, the stall only sells baked mooncakes with lotus and white lotus fillings and w/ or w/o egg yolks. Of course, the little piglet moulds are also available.

The filling is mildly sweet unlike some mooncakes where you can get a toothache just by biting into one. The taste of the crust is also not overpowering and the crust is quite soft and when eaten together, the smooth texture mixes really well with the filling. However, what I feel is distinctively good is the egg yolk. First of all, its not too salty and it retains moisture despite being baked. The mild saltiness also creates a nice balance with the sweetness of the lotus paste. Overall, the mooncake may not be exceptional. However, if you want to get a decently good mooncake at a reasonable price (SGD 5-7 range), you may want to check out the stall.

Blk 122. Bukit Merah Lane 1. #01-62. Alexandra Village. Tel: 62708994
Tai Chong Kok Confectionary (Opp Alexandra Village's claypot laksa)


evan said...

aiya but good or not, mooncakes are always overpriced at this period, as with stuffs like dumplings, CNY goodies at their respective periods. still find abt $8 per mooncake very ex. but i do love a good one tho'. esp those with lots of yolks. best is each mouthful also got yolk. shiok man! LOL

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

hello evan! Personally I feel that its quite good, this coming from a person who doesn't like baked mooncakes. Mmm maybe on the scale of 1 to 10 I'll give it a 7.5. We're also quite suprised at the price also because the one without yolks were going at $5.70 and single yolks are $6+ while the current price is around the $8 range.

Mary said...

Yum. I love mooncakes, especially the double yolk ones!

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Oh hi mary! do they have it in San fran? or have u tried it in Singapore? :)

Mary said...

We can buy the double yolk ones here in SF. They could be imported from Asia but I know that some of our local bakeries make them too.