Monday, June 30, 2014

Yuen Fatt mooncakes: Traditional handmade shanghainese mooncake

I'm no fan of mooncakes for the mid-autumn festival. But this changed when the bf brought me these oval shaped goodies last year.


How good can this be, I thought. I posted this on instagram and received many comments on how good this is and how fantastic it will taste when it is being toasted in the oven.

Check out the golden hues of these goodies

It's not uncommon to find durian, XO, champagne, chocolate flavoured mooncakes during the festival. I'm no fan of quirky flavours, but this pandan flavoured, which is also the signature flavour of the traditional bakery appealed to my tastebuds

A few reasons why I don't like most mooncakes is that, the crust is usually thick and tasteless, and the fillings being excessively sweet.  But these traditionally handmade mooncakes from Yuen Fatt, changes my opinions.

The buttery crust crumbles upon cutting, evident of the phrase melts-in-your-mouth, or 入口即化。
The fillings have a perfect mix of savoury, sweet and fragrant. Perfect for my picky tastebuds

The bakery offers a selection of 

1. Pandan (highly reommended)
2. Lotus paste
3. Red bean

And the best thing is you can choose a box of mixed flavours. 

For egg yolk lovers, they also have the golden option for you.

It was a tough fight last year trying to get our orders as they were submitted too late. During the festive season, Yuen Fatt has 30k orders which works out to about 100k mooncakes to bake considering they still have to bake for open door sales! It's a small family business and to complete the overwhelming orders during this festival, the staff bakes daily till 2-3am to satisfy the tummies of their mooncake's fans. Top quality butter is used in these shanghainese mooncakes and they are hand-kneaded to achieve the crumbly & melt-in-your-mouth texture.

With the mooncakes handmade and baked freshly, there is no need to add preservatives or too much sugar to prolong the shelf life of these goodies. Put them into the fridge and you can extend the shelf life for a week.

And the best thing is, no pork or lard is used too

Price list for Yuen Fatt mooncakes ( one box comes in 3 pcs)
Without yolk  $23
With one yolk $26 

Available flavours

1. All Pandan (my pick)
2. All Lotus paste
3. All Red bean
4. Mix ( 1 pandan, 1 lotus, 1 redbean)

**Above details restructured on 1Sept'14

A few readers have asked whether they should order it with the yolk. I would recommend it without as the paste is not too sweet and having the salted yolk with it will overwhelm the flavour

Do send in your orders to by 7th July'14 if you would like it in time for Mid-Autumn Festival(:

**Email amended on 1Sept'14

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