The magic of the mooncake

tasty July 02, 2018 12:00

By The Nation

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The Peninsula Bangkok reimagines Mid-Autumn Festival by bringing together the hotel’s signature handmade egg custard mooncakes by matching them with Pleine Lune premium tea by Mariage Freres.



This combination is the first pairing in Thailand of Chinese mooncakes with a French tea brand and promises pleasure for all the senses.

The Peninsula’s egg custard mooncakes are handmade according to a traditional Hong Kong recipe to ensure the finest quality texture and flavour. This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 24, and these treats for sharing among family and friends are perfectly matched with Mariage Freres black tea – a blend of fruits, rare spices and sweet taste of honey.

As a meaningful celebration of the hotel’s 20th anniversary this year, a limited edition mooncake gift box is being presented with proceeds from sales going to fund scholarships for underprivileged Thai students who dream of studying art. The box is crafted by up-and-coming artist Phannapast Taychamaythakool and can be reused as a multi-purpose box or clutch bag. 

The hotel started baking and selling egg custard mooncakes in 2000 and by 2016 had sold three million pieces. Chinese cuisine executive chef Ball Yau and his team at Mei Jiang meticulously handcraft each mooncake using a closely guarded recipe originally created by The Peninsula Hong Kong in 1986. The Peninsula Bangkok inherited this fine tradition, and the mooncakes are sold in octagonal boxes of eight as the Chinese word for eight sounds similar to the words meaning “prosperity” and “good fortune”, wishes exchanged between family and friends during the Mid-Autumn Festival. 

This year, the egg custard mooncake and premium French tea pairing shares the same auspicious number theme from Hong Kong culture, with 8 mooncakes, octagonal box, plus 28 grammes of tea totalling 44, and 4+4 = 8. The eight-piece mooncake set is priced at Bt980 net, and Bt1,380 net when paired with a 28-gramme box of Mariage Freres tea, and can be purchased from August 1 to September 24 at The Peninsula Boutique and the pop-up store at Siam Paragon. 

To make an order, call (02) 020 2888, or email diningpbk@peninsula.com. They can also be purchased online, at www.peninsula.com/bangkok