Hong Kong brand Wing Wah, started out as a small stall at a corner of Yuen Long, a small town in Hong Kong, in the 1950s, but today they have grown into a massive chain of restaurants and cake shops all over the world, with more than 40 outlets in Hong Kong alone. Yet despite the decades of development and urbanisation, the brand has continued to pride themselves on their high quality ingredients as well as their ability to keep abreast with time.
Wing Wah’s mooncakes are available worldwide
And during the Mid Autumn Festival season, Wing Wah’s mooncakes are amongst their bestselling products, with many people from all over the world choosing their mooncakes to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival, with. In fact, today, Wing Wah mooncakes can be found in places as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
Wing Wah’s speciality is their White Lotus Paste, which is made using the highest grade of Lotus seeds from the Hunan Province in China – and the product is a very silky, smooth and distinctive grade of White Lotus Paste.
Their White Lotus Paste is the healthier choice
And Wing Wah prides their signature White Lotus Paste as being a healthy choice, because they do not use any lard in their recipe. Instead this is replaced with vegetable oil. However despite this, the taste and smoothness of the mooncakes have still been maintained, though.
Given the opportunity to try a few of Wing Wah’s mooncakes
I was given the opportunity to try a few of Wing Wah’s mooncake offerings for this year’s Mid Autumn Festival, including the signature White Lotus Paste Mooncakes with Double Yolks. Here are my comments.
White Lotus Paste Mooncakes with Double Yolks
These mooncakes are packaged in a pretty flowery tin and they are Wing Wah’s signature cakes. These consist of their pioneer White Lotus Paste accompanied by top quality egg yolks – to bring out a silky, smooth and distinctive flavour that melts in the mouth.
I thought that the white lotus here is definitely smooth and it does not stick to the teeth. And a small piece of this mooncake would be enough to keep those mooncake cravings easily satisfied.
The quality of the egg yolks is definitely top-notch. For example, the colour was also an orangey-yellow colour. The smooth lotus and the distinctive texture of the yolk made it one of the better mooncakes that I have tasted this year.
Cost: SGD70.00 for a box of 4
Low Sugar White Lotus Paste Mooncakes with Double Yolks
This regular sized round mooncake was packaged in a golden coloured mooncake tin with a gold lid.
Compared to the traditional white lotus mooncake, I would say that I liked this version better. This is because the white lotus, while still being relatively smooth, seemed to be a little bit less oily compared to the earlier version.
And this one was somewhat slightly less sweet, but at the same time, still quite delicious and did not disappoint me. So when I was eating a piece, I didn’t have to worry as much about the healthiness of the cake!
The high quality of the salted egg too, was also maintained in this version, which is good.
Cost: SGD72.00 for a box of 4
Assorted Nuts Traditional Mooncakes
These mooncakes are packaged in a yellowish-gold coloured tin with pretty and colourful floral illustrations on the lid.
They are golden-baked mooncakes, comprising of five different types of nuts – melon seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, terminalia and sweetened lotus seeds – and these are all mixed into the white lotus paste.
Right from the beginning, the mooncake had a very unique taste, which reminded me strongly of a citrus flavour. Perhaps some orange peel had been mixed into the nuts and also included in the preparation of this mooncake. This citrus taste of the mooncake filling, will suit people who love their citrusy oranges and lemons. Also, though some of the nuts did have a good crunch to it, such as the almonds, maybe a few of the others could have been just a little more crispier, though.
Cost: SGD68.00 for a box of 4
SG50 Special Royal Custard Mini Mooncakes With Yolk
These round mooncakes, about a quarter of the size of a regular mooncake, are served in a uniquely designed double-layer signature peony gift box which definitely looks very impressive. So this would make a great gift during this mooncake season, due to the unique box shape and packaging.
The golden-baked mooncakes has a mixture of custard and salted egg yolk fillings. I thought these flavours have been blended in together quite well.
The mooncake has a strong egg-custard flavour that is both sweet and salty at the same time. If you are a fan of the egg custard pau, which is commonly served in many dim sum restaurants, then this mooncake will definitely suit your taste buds.
Cost: SGD60.00 for a box of 8
SG50 Special Edition Lotus Paste Mooncakes With Yolk
This beautifully packaged set comes with four mini square mooncakes (85g each) and one large square mooncake (250g), all filled with low sugar white lotus paste and a salted egg yolk. I thought that the double-layer signature peony gift box that these were packaged in, were also impressive. The lovely decor will ensure that these mooncakes in the box, will make a great gift.
Flavour-wise, I enjoyed the white lotus filling. Like the earlier low sugar white lotus mooncake that I had tasted, this too, felt like it had just the right amount of sweetness and saltiness. The paste itself was also pretty smooth and the egg too, seemed quite fresh.
Cost: SGD67.00 for a box of 5
Other Offerings from Wing Wah
Other types of mooncakes also available from Wing Wah include their snow-skin mooncakes with a variety of decadent flavours such as coconut milk, mango puree, maple syrup & mocha and even blueberry with green bean – to cater to a wide variety of taste buds.
Besides mooncakes though, Wing Wah also has an assortment of scrumptious Asian snacks, such as walnut cookies, love letters and various flavours of Wife Cakes, such as with Green Tea, Vanilla Bean and Red Bean.
Find out more about Wing Wah’s mooncakes and their other products, at http://mooncakes.com.sg.