August 21st, 2013 [Wednesday]
okay so Mid-Autumn Festival is just around the corner, i have surpassed the age of playing lanterns (muchy to my dismal), but mooncake is a must-have item of the festival. it’s not that i super love it, just that the festival isn’t complete without one or two biji of moncakes.
like every year, Eastin Hotel unveils its delectable halal mooncake collection just in time (just that i blogged late :P)! let’s see what they’ve got to offer 😉
Eastin Hotel’s mooncakes collection comes with a variety of filling (to be exact, 6) to suit different taste buds. there’s traditional ones as well as trendy one LOL.
dainty mooncakes will be encased in an elegant classic red box which is presentable enough to be given away as a gift to your friends and family. sharing is caring, yay?
i had a morsel of each mooncake and i personally adore Pure Lotus Double Yolk and Low Sugar White Lotus, yeah i can be a traditionalist when it comes to mooncake! both lotus paste were mixed with melon seeds to give the soft creamy paste a contrast texture while the skin was browned to my liking while not being too dry. and i love my mooncake with yolk! i don’t usually take salted egg but i’ll give in, once a year :P.
another everybuddy’s favourite is Jasmine Cheesy Citrus, although there’s more tangy than jasmine, i quite like it this way. the filling is studded with melon seeds and you got a cheesy yolk in this mooncake! i love everything cheese, so this’s a no brainer, my favourite!
however i find Precious Black Wolfberry Lotus Paste, Red Bean & Supreme Mixed Nuts lack of luster among the rest of the mooncakes. this can be personal as i have never liked mixed nuts mooncake, the red bean one was just plain red bean and nothing else, and black wolfberry lotus paste, is hmmm forgettable. they were all good, not sickly sweet and all, just that i prefer the three above ↑ more.
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speaking of mooncakes,
i think my friend, HueyShi does a good job too hehe. she made all this piggies 😀 too cute eh
and the other we tried to make snow skin mooncake together, it’s my first time making a mooncake wei mami must be berry proud of me 😉 and we ran out of black bean for the eyes so i substituted with chocolate hehe. and my piggie quite in le, got color blocking some more 😛
okay, after the mooncake tasting, we were treated to a spread of International cuisine at Swez Brasserie, in house coffee house of Eastin Hotel! International Cuisine buffet offers an array of international delicacies which you’ll get to enjoy throughout September!
Thai Miang Kham with Kaduk Leaf
we started off the luncheon with a Thai appetizer! motley ingredients to be added in a cone-shaped leaf drizzled with a lovely condiment made of shallot and sugar which tasted sourish, i think they added lime in the sauce too.
German Potato Salad
noone can go wrong with salad! this potato salad wasn’t just any plain potato salad, it’s dressed with diced olives and cucumber, giving this dish a textural contrast. the potato was blanched nicely without being too mushy!
Classical Italian Creamy Tomato Soup
this creamy soup was slightly too sour for my liking, i wasn’t sure if it’s intended that way. the consistency was good though.
Indian Chicken Masala with Potato
one of my favourite dish! deep-fried chicken drenched in a pool of flavourful broth. and because it’s well spiced (that’s what Indian dish is all about) hence great depth of flavour! 🙂 it went well with the rice dish we had too!
French Lamb STew A-la Mode
chunky lamb stewed to perfection. soft and tender and i love that it’s not too gamey.
Japanese Teriyaki Chicken
i was actually looking forward to unagi more haha
this dish was somehow mediocre, marination wasn’t done long enough as the flavour was just at the surface. meat no doubt was tender. too bad.
Chinese Lotus Leaf Wrapped Fried Rice
and how can we missed out the Chinese in us? rice is a staple in traditional Chinese family! the fried rice was full of flavour and ingredients (chicken cubes, yam and dried shrimp, and mushroom?) hence fragrant. it’s a tad dry though, drizzle some savoury gravy from the Indian Chicken Masala or French Lamb Stew and it’s all good 😉
Mediterranean Seafood Soup-Bouillabaisse
upon first sip, i thought it’s quite fishy. the chef later enlightened us the right way to enjoy this soup. we were supposed to add a spoonful of aioli (a sauce made of roasted garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and yolks) at the base of the bowl and then only pour in the soup. arghhh way better now! the soup was laden with squid, prawns, mussels and and fish!
Assorted Nyonya Kuih
desserts were mediocre as well. pavlova was slightly sweet and the texture was too hard for a pavlova while for kuih-muih, they were just again, mediocre, but i did enjoy the angku kuih!
oh btw, i joined a styling competition by Queensbay Mall Penang recently and i would appreciate if you could lend me a helping hand by liking my picture here! although i don’t think i have done a great job, still, vote for me purleeese! tenkiu in advance hehe! have a pleasant Thursday <3
GF Eastin Hotel,
1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang.
International Cuisine Promotion
Lunch: Monday – Friday
1200 – 1430
RM 48++ (adult), RM 24++(child)
Hi-Tea: Saturday & Sunday
1200 – 1500
RM 55++ (adult), RM 28++ (child)
Semi Buffet Dinner: Sunday – Thursday
1830 – 2200
from RM 48++ per person
Malaysian Celebration Hi-Tea (September 16th, 2013)
1200 – 1500
RM 68++ (adult), RM 34++ (child)
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